Employers are often nervous about what they should and should not say when providing a reference for an ex-employee (and often with good reason). ACAS has published some new guidance in relation to employment references.
Well, the 2018 Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh is now upon us and in the past month or so I have ventured through the development of the social enterprise spectrum over the last 10 years, from out-and-out regulated charities involved in trading and through various forms of social enterprise structure that “lock in” or “partially lock in” the benefits of trading for a stated social purpose. I said I would finish up having a look at the “out-and-out business” end of the spectrum, and here I am.
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Following the watershed of harassment allegations last autumn, in March 2018 the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a report on ending sexual harassment at work, entitled “Turning the Tables”. It had gathered evidence about sexual harassment in the workplace from 750 individuals and employers. No one could have predicted that in the months following, there would be significant new sexual harassment allegations in the UK about a number of public figures.
Are employers doing enough about the significant risks posed by people who behave improperly towards others at work? What can they do to improve their response to allegations?
Our cases involving children are understandably met with a great deal of emotion for all involved. This is no more so where circumstances mean parents cannot agree on the arrangements for any children of their relationship. Many relying on the legal provisions of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 feel that this Act, now over twenty years old, is in need of review to reflect the circumstances of a modern family.
You will recall the 2013 horsemeat scandal where it was reported that a large quantity of “beef” products were found to contain large proportions of horsemeat which was not declared on the packaging. This particular scandal highlighted the complex nature of food chains in Europe and further afield, as well as the emerging worldwide issue of food fraud. More recently, the Food Standards Authority (FSA) conducted targeted tests which found that one fifth of meat samples contained DNA from other animals not included in the list of ingredients.
As the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Edinburgh in September draws ever closer, we continue our journey exploring the options available to social entrepreneurs and those looking to advance social outcomes through enterprise.
Following our recent e-update concerning outsourcing to the cloud, this week we take a look at the European Banking Authority’s ‘Consultation Paper – EBA Draft Guidelines on Outsourcing arrangements’ (the Guidelines). The consultation period is open until 24 September 2018 and the draft Guidelines can be found at https://www.eba.europa.eu/-/eba-consults-on-guidelines-on-outsourcing.
How did you vote in the EU Referendum? Chances are that you may have been targeted by advertisements on social media that were from or related to political campaigns (from either side of the fence). Continue Reading