Equality Questionnaires and discrimination at work

Discrimination in the workplace does not only lead to inequality, it may also cause substantial harm to individuals, undermining confidence and making the workplace a stressful place to be. Applying for information under the new Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) is a way of finding out if you are being treated equally and fairly.

In 2010, the Act replaced the previous anti-discrimination acts. There were historically a number of different statutes dealing with different types of discrimination, such as the Race Relations Act, the Disability Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Act. The Act provides guarantees that individuals will not be treated differently as a result of having one of a number of defined characteristics which are protected. For example, the Act ensures that individuals must receive the same salary as someone else doing work that is ‘like’, ‘equivalent’, or ‘of equal value’. Continue reading

Importance of professional advice for valuing a business before sale

Darlingtons-25th-January-078The following article is provided by Debbie Serota from Darlingtons Solicitors. Debbie is an expert in advising on business sale transactions and additional content from Debbie can be found at http://www.businesslawyers-online.com

The majority of well drafted legal agreements for the sale or purchase of a business or company or a shareholders agreement governing how the company is to be run on a day to day basis should provide for how the company or business is to be valued in the event of a sale.

We have all seen these “expert valuer” clauses in documents and they often appear to be a fairly standard clause which people tend to skip past when negotiating a contract and don’t think of the potential impact at a later stage if the clause is not well drafted. Unfortunately this can lead to fairly serious issues. Continue reading