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The Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Impact on Businesses

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “MSA”), which came into force last year, imposes obligations on certain businesses to produce Slavery and Human Trafficking statements, which are intended to explore and provide clear, transparent information concerning any potential slavery and human trafficking aspects of their supply chains.

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A timely reminder for directors: when insolvency rears its head…

In a relatively recent wrongful trading claim brought by liquidators, the directors in question were not ordered to make any contribution to the company, as the company was found to have suffered no loss. This was a lucky escape for the directors on the facts. (Re Ralls Builders Ltd (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch)). Other directors have not been, and may not in the future be, so lucky.

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Drivers Battle Uber Over Employment Rights

Uber is facing an employment tribunal claim from drivers who argue it is acting unlawfully by not offering rights such as holiday pay and sick pay.

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Sports Direct: HMRC Investigating Payment of Retail Staff

The Guardian has reported that HMRC investigators are examining whether Sports Direct retail staff have been paid less than the national minimum wage.

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Updated Government Policy Paper on National Minimum Wage Enforcement

The government has re-issued its policy paper on national minimum wage enforcement to take account of recently increased penalties and forthcoming new measures under the Immigration Act 2016.

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