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5th & 6th April 2015 -Changes to statutory payments and compensation limits

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Employers need to be ready for a number of changes on 5th and 6th April 2015 including increases to statutory payments and compensation limits. 1. Shared Parental Leave and Pay – 5th April 2015  Described as one of the “yuckiest, most horrible laws ever” and “the most complex sets of regulations” the right to shared… Read more »

Mar 27

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Stone Cross abuse victim recovers £95,000

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Farleys accepted instructions from client W in a claim as a result of abuse suffered during the 1970’s at Stonecross School. The abuse claims department here at Farleys has already successfully acted for various other Claimants in relation to abuse by a former employee of the school, but this was the biggest settlement so far… Read more »

Mar 26

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New employment laws – do you need to update your Staff Handbook?

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Do you need your Staff Handbook updating in light of the new employment laws coming into force in April 2015? A Staff Handbook sets out what is expected of employees as well as stating their entitlements. A number of different policies can be included within a handbook. Typical policies include grievance procedure, disciplinary procedure, capability… Read more »

Mar 25

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Collaborative Law – Some Ground Rules

By Barry Bunyan in Family / Divorce

The collaborative law process can be an excellent way to resolve issues arising out of a separation in an amicable and dignified manner. Having chosen collaborative law, what should you do to ensure the process works for you. Hopefully the following will help you achieve productive four-way meetings. You don’t want to arrive for the… Read more »

Mar 24

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Serious failings exposed at Lancashire County Council social work team

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Lancashire Evening Telegraph today reports that 3 staff at Lancashire County Council have faced proceedings before the Health and Care Professions Council because of their conduct in relation to vulnerable children. The County Council was criticised for failing to protect “vulnerable” youngsters in a case involving 2 children who had been abused by their father…. Read more »

Mar 23

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Enhanced rights to employment laws for adoptive parents

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Adoptive parents’ rights are to be brought in line with those of mothers and fathers taking maternity and paternity leave. Leave • The current position is that qualifying employees may take up to 52 weeks adoption leave and may be entitled to 39 weeks of statutory adoption pay. • With effect from 5th April 2015,… Read more »

Mar 23

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The Budget 2015 – the impact for SMEs

By Alex Singer in Solicitors for Business

Britain’s small businesses gave a cautious ‘thumbs up’ after yesterday’s Budget. There wasn’t as much in the Budget for businesses as in previous years. However, the business measures that were announced were focussed primarily at helping small businesses. Annual Tax Return The Chancellor, announced plans to abolish the annual self-assessment tax return and replace it… Read more »

Mar 19

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Small businesses make big push for the UK’s recovery

By Richard Yates in Solicitors for Business

The green shoots of recovery can be seen in the fields of small businesses. In the last year, small businesses have increased their workforce, turnovers and profits. Better still, the optimistic trend is forecasted to continue into the next 12 months. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills conducted a poll with over 4,000 small… Read more »

Mar 19

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Court allows financial claim 20 years after separation

By Angharad Bentley in Divorce

The Supreme Court has made a landmark decision in the case of Wyatt v Vince regarding financial claims made on divorce. By unanimous decision the Court granted the ex wife of wealthy businessman, energy supplier Ecotricity’s founder, Dale Vince permission to bring a financial claim against him over 20 years after the marriage had broken… Read more »

Mar 18

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A guide to setting aside County Court Judgements (CCJ)

By Rachel Harrison in Commercial Litigation

If a claim is issued against you in the County or High Courts, you are placed under strict deadlines to respond to the claim. In the event you fail to file an Acknowledgment of Service and/or a Defence within the prescribed time limits, then the Claimant will be able to enter Judgment in Default against… Read more »

Mar 17

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Blackburn hospital to face inquiry after bed sore incident

By Des Draper in Medical Negligence

Earlier this week it was announced an inquiry is set to take place at the Royal Blackburn Hospital following a serious bedsore incident. Royal Blackburn Hospital, one of the hospitals included in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, is set to face an investigation in line with the trust’s zero tolerance policy on grade three and… Read more »

Mar 16

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GMP’s apology on Rochdale is too little too late

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

GMP’s apology on Rochdale is too little too late A report has been produced today into the role of Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale child abuse scandal. The report was prepared by GMP under the supervision of the IPCC and concludes that there were failings on the part of the Police and issues an… Read more »

Mar 14

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Further decrease in Employment Tribunal claims

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

The annual report published by the Senior President of Tribunals has highlighted the key trends that have emerged across employment law over the past 12 months. The previous year has been an interesting one for HR and employment law with the implementation of various pieces of legislation inevitably impacting on Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal… Read more »

Mar 13

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Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension – workplace misconduct

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

The headlines in the news this week have been dominated by reports concerning Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson regarding an incident that occurred whilst filming the latest episode of the popular TV series. Although the presenter and sources close to him have vehemently denied the allegations, it has been widely reported that Clarkson assaulted a… Read more »

Mar 12

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Significant increase in those employed on zero hour contracts

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Research released by the Office for National Statistics reports that there has been a 100,000 increase in the number of employees hired on zero hour contracts for their main job. Official statistics estimate that currently 670,000 people are employed on zero hour contacts. Upon closer investigation a breakdown of the figures showed that the vast… Read more »

Mar 11

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