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What is a Holiday Year?

Your ‘leave year’ or ‘holiday year’ is a term that is used to describe the period in which your employer expects you to take your annual leave. In your contract of employment you may have an agreement with your employer about when your holiday year starts, for example it could be from the 1 January …

What are Post Term Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

Restrictive covenants may prevent ex-employees soliciting customers, clients, suppliers and other employees for a defined period after termination. A well drafted and enforceable covenant will protect an employer’s confidential information, trade secrets, customer connections, sales, goodwill, and workforce. Usually restrictive covenants define mechanisms for: Protection: of the employer’s legitimate interests.  For example trade connections, customers, prospective customers, their workforce; …

What are Share Certificates?

A share certificate is a document that certifies the possession of shares in a company limited by shares. Share certificates are sent out when shares are granted and made available to new shareholders at the time of incorporation and/or after incorporation, or when ownership of existing shares is transferred from one individual to another after company …

Personal and Sensitive Data – The Law

First of all, let’s look at what personal and sensitive data actually is. Personal information includes a range of information that can identify someone, like a person’s: Name Address Photograph IP address Location from mobile device Sensitive information Sensitive information is personal information that includes information about: Race/ethnicity Political opinions Religious beliefs Sexual orientation Criminal …

Statutory Registers

Every company in the UK has to keep up to date statutory registers which need to be available for inspection when asked. So what is a statutory register? Statutory registers include important information about the company, each one covering a different aspect. For example, one register may contain the names of shareholders and how many …

Conducting Due Diligence on Independent Workers

What is due diligence? Due diligence is the detailed research completed by a business or person before signing a contract or starting a business/employment relationship. So put simply, it’s the research you do to make sure that the independent worker is who they say they are. It’s a really important step in keeping your business …

What are Deliverables

Every project has a deliverable, in fact all the items around you were at one point deliverables (even the device you’re reading this on!). What exactly does that mean? A deliverable is a product or a service that will be produced at the end of a project. This can be tangible (eg; a product like …

A Brief on Intellectual Property

Although it sounds scary, intellectual property is really easy to understand, and by the end of this article you’ll know what it is and how it affects you and your business. So what is Intellectual Property? Intellectual Property (IP) is essentially a law term for an idea or invention that belongs to a certain person …

Patents and Inventions – The Basics

If you’ve read our article on intellectual property you will already know what it is and that there are different ways to protect it. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. A patent is a legal right to a new invention, and it gives the owner of the patent the right …

Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

If you’ve read our article on intellectual property you will already know what it is and that there are different ways to protect it. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. Trade secrets protect any formulas and processes that are used in a business which give the business an advantage in …

Copyright 101 – The Basics

If you’ve read our article on intellectual property you will already know what it is and that there are different ways to protect it. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. Each type of protection offers different benefits and protects a different kind of IP. One of the main types of …

Trademarks 101 – The Basics

If you’ve read our article on intellectual property you will already know what it is and that there are different ways to protect it. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. Trademarks are one of the main types of protection for IP and are likely to be relevant to most businesses, …

Service Level Agreement (SLA): The Basics

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an agreement between two parties, where one provides the services and the other receives them (the customer). The SLA shows what services the business is required to give and what service standards the customer expects. It can be either a physical or electronic document and need to be signed …

Non-Executive Directors: The Basics

A Non-Executive Director is a director that isn’t an employee of the company. They are a member of the company’s board but are fully independent from the company. Even though they aren’t an employee, they can’t be working for one of the company’s competitors, clients, suppliers or anything else linked to the business while they …

The Legalities of a Staff Handbook

Having a staff handbook isn’t legally required, so don’t worry if you’ve not written one! Even so, they can be a great thing to have for both employer and employee, setting out policies, procedures and rules as well as what is expected of each employee. It’s a good way to give new employees an introduction …

What is an NDA?

You may have heard of an NDA before, but if you haven’t don’t worry because by the end of this article you’ll know exactly what it is and whether you need one. To keep a competitive advantage, businesses must keep projects and ideas a secret in case they are copied by a competitor. However, to …