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Choice of law in employment contracts

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 25th February 2020. Revised 10th March 2020.6 min read

Many firms want to contract with foreign workers working in foreign countries. There is much debate about whether it is right for the UK employer to issue a UK employment contract to those foreign workers. We would generally say not and here’s the rationale. We argue that the choice of law in employment contracts should always be local law (unless work is done in many countries).

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Getting Brits to take jobs

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 25th February 2020. Revised 28th February 2020.4 min read

How many times have we heard it – “There’s no use offering jobs like that to Brits. They don’t want that sort of work”. The result is that British employers offer poor quality jobs to immigrants. But soon there will be no immigrants to take those jobs. If, as a country, we want to re-invigorate workers who do what are at present menial jobs, we need to redesign those jobs. Here's how.

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For pities’ sake, write it down!

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 14th February 2020. Revised 26th February 2020.4 min read

Managers don’t write things down. They don’t document the various discussions with employees. They don’t prepare for meetings and document what they hope to achieve, then don’t document what they actually said and what was actually done. They don’t use daybooks. Find out why it's important to get into the habit of using a daybook.

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Employing Foreign Workers in the UK

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 25th February 2020.15 min read

The UK is suffering a massive skills and labour shortage. Whilst we hear a lot about the NHS, any manager in a technology-centric business will tell a similar story – we simply have too few engineers and scientists. Employing overseas workers can help. This article discusses how you apply for a visa sponsorship licence and go on to have a foreign worker apply for a visa. This article is up to date at 20th February 2020 and will be kept up to date as the UK Government explains its future visa policy.

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The future of management

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 25th February 2020.07 min read

Any claim about the skills managers need for the future must include a clear analysis of the future employment scenario. Specifically, commentators must say how that future employment scenario differs from that of the previous period. Here’s one such analysis that sets out the management environment for the coming decade. It sets out key trends and speculates on the management needed.

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All stop for freelancers and ski season workers

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th January 2020. Revised 30th January 2020.6 min read

As many workers are finding, EU firms are, even now, not prepared now to extend contracts for freelancers and seasonal workers beyond the transition period ending in December 2020. The assumption is that those workers will, as soon as Brexit bites, fail to get a visa and hence fail to be able to work in an EU27 country. Such workers will have to find work at home in the UK. They’re hidden casualties of Brexit.

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