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Hethertons Services for Businesses - December 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.

  Does an employer have the right to ban relationships in the workplace?


Our employment law expert, David Scott, has warned employers who attempt to ban workplace relationships that they could face claims being made against them.

David, a Senior Associate Solicitor here at Hethertons, advises that employers need to carefully balance the need to protect their staff from potential inappropriate conduct and allegations of favouritism, with the right to enter a consensual relationship and a private life.

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling will bring added protection for whistleblowers


According to experts, a landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of a Royal Mail employee will bring added protection for whistleblowers.

Campaigners are praising the ruling as ‘a step in the right direction’ after the ruling that the employee was unfairly dismissed because her line manager had created an unjustified reason to dismiss her.

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Four in 10 businesses fail GDPR tests, study reveals


Just four in 10 businesses are fully compliant with new European data protection rules, a major study has revealed.

The research, published by cloud data experts Talend, shows that despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force over a year ago, businesses are still failing to follow legal protocol.

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Our top tips for letting out a commercial property


As a commercial landlord, you may have different priorities when letting a property, but the focus will always be on ensuring the long-term security of your investment.

That is why we have compiled our top tips for letting out a commercial property, to ensure your investment is secure and to mitigate against any potential complications.

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Two in five small businesses run by millennials, research reveals


Almost two in five small businesses in the UK are run by millennials, a major new study has revealed.

The finding forms part of accountancy software Xero’s new research into business ownership and entrepreneurship across the nation.

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Late payments threaten survival, say SMEs


More than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that late payments threaten the survival of their business, a major new study has revealed.

The finding forms part of accountancy software Xero’s new study, Business Rewired.

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