Company/Commercial Archives - Hudson McKenzie


What is the “right to disconnect” law and how does it affect remote workers?

A “right to disconnect” refers to allowing employees to detach and disconnect from work outside of their contracted work hours. This is particularly effective for remote workers who potentially struggle to switch off as the physical distance between work and home is in most cases non-existent. Subsequently, this can lead to burnout and many employees

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Dubai introduces 5-year visa for global company employees

Employees of international companies based in Dubai can benefit from the newly introduced 5-year multi-entry visa allowing them to attend training, conferences, events and other business activities. This visa allows workers to visit the UAE for up to 90 days with the option of extending for another 90 days.   This new visa is said to

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Genuine vacancy requirement changes for sponsor licence holders

The UK Home Office have updated their guidance on advertising and genuine vacancy requirements for employers of migrant workers.  For some working visa routes, sponsors must show that they have carried out a resident labour market test before employing a migrant worker to demonstrate that they cannot find a suitable settled worker for the role.

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What is whistleblowing and how has COVID impacted it?

February 24, 2021 | Company/Commercial, COVID-19, Employment

In short, whistleblowing is reporting wrongdoing. This commonly occurs in the workplace and comes from the saying “blowing the whistle,” meaning alerting attention to something. Whistleblowing in a UK workplace Legal protection for whistleblowers is found under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and incorporated into the Employment Rights Act 1996. Most companies have a

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Changes to the Chinese Foreign Work Permit system

February 11, 2021 | Business, Company/Commercial, Immigration

The Chinese government has made changes to it’s  Foreign Work Permit system. A new online portal has been launched whereby employers must now register and re-verify their accounts to be able to make work permit applications in future. This means that the previous work permit application process is no longer valid and all applications should

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What happens to GDPR post Brexit?

Now that the transition period is over, as of 31st December 2020 and the UK has left the EU, where does this leave data protection laws in the UK? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was drafted and passed by the EU. GDPR applies to the personal data of individuals and regulates how that data

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Calling all foreign investors to UAE

The latest reform in the UAE for overseas business investors is that they will be legally permitted to take 100% ownership of business from 1st December 2020. This new piece of legislation is now known as the Foreign Direct Investment Law and will replace the existing Commercial Companies Law (CCL) No 2 of 2015. Under

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COVID-19 Creates the First Ever Virtual Commercial Court Trial

Because of the detrimental effects of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of daily life, individuals and the UK justice system are suffering. This through major delays in court proceedings and the face-to-face delivery of legal advice due to travel restrictions and social distancing measures. On 19th March 2020, it was ruled that the trial

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Shareholders’ Disputes

It is not uncommon to see shareholder disputes arising during the course of a business. Several factors can be attributed to such disputes, the most common ones being underperformance by shareholders or  who are no longer working towards best interests of the business, difference of opinion with management, conflicts of interest, dividend distribution, breach of

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Hudson McKenzie listed in UK Investment Support Directory

We are delighted to be listed in the UK Investment Support Directory which has been launched yesterday. The Directory is a smart, new digital tool which promotes private sector expertise in the UK to investors across the globe. To coincide with this launch, the Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart stated- Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart

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Use of NDA’s face extinction in workplace

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) are being tackled by the UK government given their infamous status to act as a ‘gagging’ clause to employees nationwide.

What are the new legal implementations for 2019?

There are numerous new laws and rules that shall come into effect this year – so what exactly are they?

UK Government urged to increase AML checks

The Treasury Committee recently reported that the necessity for the accuracy of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checking is vital.

Brexit & the Environmental blunder

To what extent will Brexit also impact the world on a more global scale, for instance the environment?

What is prohibited in UK/EU Competition Law?

All businesses within both the UK and EU should be aware of exactly what constitutes ‘Anti-Competitive’ behaviour, so to avoid legal action against them.