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Hethertons Services for Businesses - August 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for Businesses, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm and abreast of the latest changes in industry.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to businesses in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm with our finger on the pulse of the modern world of business.

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

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  What if… I want to let a property to a group of students


Last month, we explored what companies need to do if they want to sell alcohol as part of their business. This month, we take a look at what landlords should consider when letting a property to a group of students.

Letting a property to university students can have a number of great benefits. However, there are a number of additional rules and regulations that you, as a landlord, need to comply with if you are letting a property to a group of students (or other group of individual tenants) – which come on top of standard buy-to-let obligations.

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 York businesses encouraged to apply for new apprentice grant


Businesses based in York are among those who have been invited to apply for grant funding worth £2,000 to support apprentice recruitment.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) to boost apprenticeships across the regions key priority sectors of manufacturing and engineering technologies, information and communication technology including digital and construction and finally planning and the built environment.

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Data misuse biggest threat faced by SMEs, study finds


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) consider data loss, breaches or misuse to be the number one potential threat they face this year, a new study suggests.

The findings come at a time when cybercrime is on the rise and small businesses are facing increased pressure to protect their data, following the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May.

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  Employers urged to do more to tackle mental health issues at work


Businesses are being urged to pay closer attention to the wellbeing of their staff after a study found that almost a third of businesses have seen an increase in the amount of employees taking time off work for mental health reasons.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said that the research showed both an increase in the number of employees taking time off and the length of time they are off for.

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Why making employees check emails round the clock could land you in court


Employers who expect their staff to work out of hours could be at risk of heavy penalties after a businesswoman was awarded £6,750 for being required to answer emails out of work.

Mrs. O’Hara a business development executive for a Convenience Foods company told the court that she was contracted to work 40 hours a week but did close to 60 because she was required to answer out of hours work emails, including some after midnight.

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  Join us at our Brexit, Business and Breakfast Seminar


The deadline for Brexit in March is fast approaching and much still remains uncertain about how it is likely to affect the UK’s economy and future trading arrangements.

Many businesses are yet to implement a plan of action to help prepare for the future.

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