The hospitality industry is vulnerable to civil penalties for employing people who are working illegally. Yet a recent example involved a very heavy handed approach from the authorities when checking up on employees’ right to work.
The Government has agreed that confidentiality clauses should not be used to silence victims of discrimination - but argues that such clauses still have a legitimate place in the employment context.
When a tenant leaves your premises you may want to strip it out and market it to a new tenant to fit it out to meet their requirements. This gives rise to the question of what the rateable value of the property should be between strip out and fit out. The decision in a recent case is an excellent result for landowners and developers.
A licensee has reported that customers feel safer after introduction of mandatory entry searches for everyone entering his premises after 11pm. This follows a Court of Appeal case a couple of years ago which considered the extent of the duty of care owed by a bar to its customers after 2 men were stabbed by another customer. Operators of licensed premises might like to consider their own duty to clientele, particularly during the busy Christmas period.
A reminder that Landlords are liable for fire safety at the premises when a tenant departs
For the hospitality industry a flexible workforce means operators can meet supply and demand, but the ‘gig’ economy remains an area for confusion
Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to staff Christmas parties, particularly when high spirits take over. Social justice has been found to define the limits of vicarious liability.