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.
Employers will welcome a new guide on zero hours contracts from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
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.
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.
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 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.
Company director, shareholders and buyers of shares should not forget any rights, obligations or encumbrances over those shares before undertaking transactions involving them - otherwise they risk litigation.
Directors of companies who dispose of assets or a business while in financial difficulties should comprehensively review all alternative courses of action, show they honestly believe the course of action they take is in the company's best interests, and take advice where appropriate.
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.
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.