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How SMEs can avoid 4 of the most common employment law issues

Hiring employees for your business should be an exciting time. You’ve grown enough to require more staff and you’re no longer responsible for doing absolutely everything yourself. But having employees means dealing with the tricky issue of employment law. This covers dozens of different UK and EU laws and acts in relation to the rights … Continue reading How SMEs can avoid 4 of the most common employment law issues

GDPR advice line launched by the ICO

The UK's data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has launched a dedicated advice line for small businesses on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).   The new service launched on 1 November 2017 with the aim of  helping small businesses prepare for the new data protection laws which come into force 25 May … Continue reading GDPR advice line launched by the ICO

Health and Safety failings led to tragic deaths – two recent court decisions

Health and Safety forms a vital part of any business and getting it right is crucial, otherwise you’ll run the risk of facing financial penalties and suffering reputational damage. Here are two examples of why it matters to get things right. On 30 June 2014 a worker at R Plevin & Sons Ltd, Paul Littlewood, … Continue reading Health and Safety failings led to tragic deaths – two recent court decisions

Automatic compensation for consumers and smaller businesses for broadband and landline users

Ofcom launched an automatic compensation scheme for consumers and small businesses where there is a delayed repair following loss of a landline and/or fixed broadband service. The catch is that there will be a 15-month implement period before this comes into effect. Consumers and small businesses will be compensated automatically by providers for slow repairs, missed appointments … Continue reading Automatic compensation for consumers and smaller businesses for broadband and landline users

Championing better wellbeing in the workplace

According to figures reported by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), during 2016 the estimated working days lost to sickness or injury was 137.3 million. Of these days the top 3 reasons for absence were, firstly minor illness (colds and coughs), followed by musculoskeletal absence (back pain and limbs). The third most common type of illness absence … Continue reading Championing better wellbeing in the workplace

Five steps to consider when purchasing Legal Expenses Insurance

Understanding Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) can be a confusing area. It is widely considered that many businesses avoid pursuing LEI claims due to the costs of court fees and legal advice, and the misconception that these claims are doomed for failure. Here at Abbey Legal, our experts take the challenges out of LEI, should you … Continue reading Five steps to consider when purchasing Legal Expenses Insurance

Data Protection: ICO registration and fees are changing

Businesses currently pay an annual fee to notify the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) that they process data and in certain circumstances, to obtain approval for some activities. The annual fee is determined by the size of your business and most SME’s pay an annual fee of £35. With the implementation of the new data protection … Continue reading Data Protection: ICO registration and fees are changing