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Hethertons Services for Businesses - August 2019

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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  Hethertons celebrates shortlisting at Yorkshire Legal Awards


We are proud to announce that our firm has been named as a finalist at this year’s prestigious Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Hethertons has been included on the shortlist for the Corporate & Commercial category at this year’s ceremony, which is due to take place on 10 October 2019 at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

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Workers could receive compensation for lost shifts in Good Work Plan proposals


Workers could receive compensation for lost shifts as a part of the Government’s Good Work Plan proposals.

The Good Work Plan is a significant review of workers’ rights, which could impact millions of employees in shift work and zero-hour contracts.

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Government announce proposals for change in legislation regarding NDAs


The Government has announced new proposals that will see companies banned from using gagging orders to prevent staff from reporting any wrongdoing to the police, lawyers or doctors.

The move comes following recent campaigns from MPs and unions for the rules to be changed.

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Three-quarters of SMEs are afraid of chasing late payments, according to new research


Most small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) fear taking action over late payments, according to a new white paper published by Paul Uppal MP, the Small Business Commissioner.

The white paper, “Taking Notice of UK Business” surveyed 500 SMEs in the UK specifically on the topic of late payments and payment terms.

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UK tech sector named ‘world leader’ in cybersecurity by Google and Microsoft


Google and Microsoft have named the UK tech sector as the ‘world leader’ in the race to eliminate significant cybersecurity threats.

The news follows the announcement that Google and Microsoft, among others, are planning investment of around £190 million in new and innovative UK tech start-ups.

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UK landlords are struggling to keep pace with the latest reforms, according to a recent survey


Many landlords in the UK are struggling to keep up with the new legislative and regulatory reforms that have been introduced in the last year, according to a recent survey conducted by Market Financial Solutions (MFS).

The poll indicated that one-third of landlords do not understand the changes to House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing, which came into force in October 2018.

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