Articles & Downloads / 2018 / July


John Kelly

Eliminating modern slavery: what steps should your business take?

26 July 2018

“Modern slavery significant problem in NI”…“PSNI receive 31 trafficking and modern slavery cases”…“People being kept as human slaves on a daily basis across Northern Ireland”. These are just a few headlines from recent months which spell out very clearly that, despite its supposed abolition almost 200 years ago, slavery is alive and well today. It was against this background that the government introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015. But what does all this talk of slavery and a Modern Slavery Act possibly mean in real terms for Northern Ireland businesses? Read More


Graham Pierce

Is your occupancy secure?

17 July 2018

Most occupiers of business premises will be aware that they have certain protections afforded to them under the provisions of the Business Tenancies (NI) Order 1996. Amongst other provisions, the Order allows a tenant the right to a new tenancy on the expiry of the term of the tenancy unless the landlord can object to a new lease being granted and therefore regain possession using one of a number of limited and specific grounds as contained in the Order. However for the legislation to apply in the first instance the tenancy must be one that is capable of being protected by the legislation. Read More


Redundancy consulting “in good time”

Redundancy consulting “in good time”

03 July 2018

An employer is legally obliged to collectively consult if it is “proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less”. There is a defence for businesses that fail to comply with this consultation requirement if there are “special circumstances which render it not reasonably practicable” for the employer to comply with the requirements to begin consultation in good time and within the applicable minimum period. Read More


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