An employer should not inadvertently force a disabled employee to take on or return to a role it knows they cannot undertake, and should make sure that it proactively helps the employee find alternative posts, following a recent ruling.
Private landlords in England must ensure there are smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in properties let in certain circumstances, under new laws in force from 1 October 2015.
Employers will welcome a new guide on zero hours contracts from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Commercial landowners, developers, architects and other property businesses will welcome news that temporary rules removing the need to make planning applications for certain changes of use of premises from business to residential are to be made permanent.
Trustees and employers will welcome a Court of Appeal ruling that pension schemes can lawfully provide lower pension benefits for surviving civil partners and same-gender spouses of scheme members.
Businesses will welcome four new sets of guidance from Acas covering a number of issues that arise in the workplace.
Directors with D&O insurance should check whether it covers their defence costs if their company becomes insolvent - and its liquidators and administrators exercise new powers to sell the right to bring legal claims against them to third parties - following new liabilities for directors.
Businesses taking over a contract for work previously done by another contractor should consider whether it is obliged by the TUPE rules to take over the contractors' staff, including any temporarily laid off, following a legal ruling.
Directors and others involved in planning and making collective redundancies should ensure their company complies with its obligation to notify the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), or risk being prosecuted personally.
Occupiers should carry out regular risk assessments to identify reasonably foreseeable activities on their properties - even unlawful activities such as trespass - and carry out inspections and maintenance to ensure there are no defects that could breach their duties to trespassers.