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Small business opportunities for 2015 - our business lawyers explain the new government Bill


The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is expected to be passed in May this year and stems from a desire to open up opportunities for small businesses and ensure that the UK remains an attractive place in which to do business. Whilst it covers a wide range of matters such as companies’ access to finance, employment issues and childcare, we will focus here on the commercial and corporate aspects of the bill.

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Employment law changes for 2015


2015 is set to be another busy year for employment law reforms. A summary of the key headline changes are set out below and we will be reporting on these in more detail throughout the year as the changes are introduced:

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The perils of the work Christmas party – what to watch out for !


The festive period is once again just around the corner and its time to party! Your Christmas party should be a time to celebrate the successes of the year and enjoy spending time with colleagues outside of the work environment however every year employment lawyers warn their clients of the perils of hosting and attending the party. Whilst some employers might question whether hosting a party is worth the risk, these events are good for staff morale and relations. With a bit of forward planning employers can take appropriate steps to avoid potential liability and go on to enjoy the festivities with all their staff.

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