The temptation and the problem
London 2012 corporate hospitality packages – on the face of it, fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to create an impression and promote business. However, organisations and clients are not necessarily taking advantage of these opportunities and not just because of the hefty cost of tickets (the cost to attend the opening ceremony on 27 July is as high as £7,500 per person).
At a recent Business Ethics debate at the House of Lords, held by GoodCorporation, senior figures in some of the UK’s leading companies confirmed that when it comes to hospitality, Olympic tickets are the most likely to be turned down and the reason for this – the Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) which came into force little less than a year ago.
The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006
The law on preventing illegal working is set out in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”). The rules were introduced to make it harder for people with no right to work in the UK to be employed and also as part of the Government’s campaign on immigration control.
The Border Agency has published a useful and comprehensive guide to assist employers to comply with their duties under the 2006 Act – FULL GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS ON PREVENTING ILLEGAL WORKING IN THE UK (May 2012). This can be found at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.
The dismissal of two employees connected to the Baby P case have been held to be fair despite the fact that the employees were originally given written warnings. The employees were subsequently subjected to second formal disciplinary proceedings for the same allegations and by new management, the result of which was their dismissal from the London Borough of Haringey.