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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?

Last week I was asked: “Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?”  Perhaps they were rattled by the recent headline that the European Medicines Agency has attempted to break its lease at Canary Wharf on the basis that Brexit has “frustrated” its lease (since Brexit was not foreseeable when it was signed). Or perhaps they were concerned about a hard Brexit. Whatever the reason, in the coming months, I have no doubt that this question will be asked more often.

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Shared parental leave.…or is it?

It has been over three years since the shared parental leave regime was introduced in the UK but a recent survey of expecting parents by the University College London found that the number of parents intending to use the scheme is low. This is consistent with our clients’ experience generally and the government’s estimated figures published earlier this year that around 285,000 couples every year qualify for shared parental leave, but take up could be as low as 2%.  So why then, is uptake so low?

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: More Change Ahead?

Only a few months since the deadline for publication of the first gender pay gap reports, the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has called for the gender pay gap regulations to be strengthened, to increase their effectiveness.

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