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What happens when your pre-construction services agreement fails?

Pre-Construction Services Agreements (“PCSAs”) are increasingly being used in large and/or complex construction contracts, combined with two-stage tendering.  The contractor partner may be selected on the basis of overheads and preliminaries and non-financial factors such as track record, capacity for the works etc.  The aim is that risks can be exposed at any early stage to […]

Trial periods for job applicants – the proof of the pudding or taking the biscuit?

When does a prospective employee’s unpaid trial shift become exploitation and breach minimum wage legislation?  A private member’s bill currently before Parliament seeks to prohibit unpaid trial work periods and to bring them squarely within the ambit of the national minimum wage.  It would also require employers to give information upfront about the duration and […]

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