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Shared Parental Leave – How will it affect my business?

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

The introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has caused somewhat of a headache for employers, with businesses forced to grapple with another piece of employment legislation. SPL is a highly complex area of law and businesses need to be prepared for the wider implications that the legislation carries which will require particular focus and specific… Read more »

Mar 06

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Constructive dismissal claims – claiming sick pay

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Does an employee that brings a constructive dismissal claim against an employer affirm the contract by claiming sick pay whilst off sick? This question was looked at by the Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Colomar Mari v Reuters. The Claimant in this case had the role of Systems Support Analyst who resigned 19… Read more »

Mar 05

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Three key steps prior to purchasing a business

By Alex Singer in Business Investments

There can be a number of benefits of purchasing a business; helping you strengthen your market position, or branch out into new markets. However, whilst the scope for reward may be great, purchasing a business also contains a great element of risk. For those planning on buying a business following these three simple steps can… Read more »

Mar 04

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Victims will welcome government proposals to impose jail terms on those who neglect sex abuse victims

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

I was interested to read that as we approach a General Election the Government have proposed to impose criminal sanctions on those in authority who fail to protect children. I recently gave a presentation to various Senior Managers at the Official Solicitor’s Office in London. These people specialise in acting as Litigation Friend for children… Read more »

Mar 03

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More Rochdale victims come forward

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

I was pleased to read in the news today that there have been more charges brought against paedophiles operating in the Rochdale area. I have said in previous blogs that my experience with the Rochdale victims lends me to believe that there are many more men walking the streets of Rochdale who have been involved… Read more »

Mar 02

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What is the position on backdated claims by employees for holiday pay?

By Sally Eastwood in Uncategorized

You may be aware that in December 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal made an important decision concerning worker’s holiday pay and overtime. The position previously was that only basic pay needed to be taken into account when calculating a worker’s holiday entitlement. The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that voluntary overtime should count towards the calculation… Read more »

Mar 01

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2015 employment law changes

By Victoria Mitchell in Solicitors for Business

Employers need to be ready as 2015 has numerous significant changes in employment law. Watch out for the following: 1. Shared Parental Leave and Pay begins Described as one of the “yuckiest, most horrible laws ever” and “the most complex sets of regulations” the right to shared parental leave and pay will be available to… Read more »

Feb 27

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UK businesses on target to meet boardroom diversity requirements

By Debbie King in Corporate Law

Top UK businesses are on course to meet the government’s 25% target of women on boards, according to a recent report by the Cranfield School of Management (“Cranfield Report”). The original report was carried out by Lord Davies in February 2011. In this report he noted that women made up only 12.5% of the boards… Read more »

Feb 26

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Ex wife no longer guaranteed an “income for life” after a divorce

By Ian Brunt in Family / Divorce

A landmark decision has been made this week regarding divorce settlements and, in this case the husband’s obligation to fund his ex-wife’s lavish lifestyle following the break down of their marriage. The case in question involved the divorce of millionaire horse surgeon, and his duty to pay a substantial monthly maintenance settlement to his ex… Read more »

Feb 25

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Legal aid to be granted for inquest cases involving the state

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

A breakthrough has been made in relation to the access of legal aid in inquests. The precedent set by the High Court in the case of Joanna Letts means that bereaved families will be entitled to legal aid where the state is thought to be implicit in the death. Prior to the ruling their was… Read more »

Feb 24

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January / February 2015 – What have we seen in practice?

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

The start of 2015 has been interesting, as we have seen a flurry of business clients have a specific desire to deal with employee exits and particularly for absenteeism. New Year New Start is a common mantra for individuals at this time of year and for businesses it appears no different as we have seen… Read more »

Feb 23

North West reports highest levels of UK fraud amounting to over £50million

By Sian Hall in Business Crime

Research released by BDO’s corporate finance team Fraud Track, which closely examines all cases of reported fraud involving values grossing £50,000, found that the regions total amounted to £50.2million worth of fraud in 2014. The report placed the North West alongside London and the South East as the most costly region for fraud in the… Read more »

Feb 20

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Farleys’ family law department serving the Polish community

By Angharad Bentley in Divorce

On the 5th February 2015 Farleys hosted a Parenting Apart Course held through the medium of Polish at Maundy Grange on Abbey Street in Accrington. The course was kindly presented by Liz Tait of Divorce Jigsaw, a qualified solicitor and trained mediator. Held in the chapel room there was a spread of delicious biscuits together… Read more »

Feb 19

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Post termination restrictions in contracts of employment explained

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Do you need post-termination restrictions (restrictive covenants) in any of your existing employees’ contracts of employment to protect your business? A recent High Court decision in Re-use Collections Limited v Sendall & May Glass Recycling Limited held that where an existing employee was provided with a new contract of employment containing post-termination restrictions without any… Read more »

Feb 18

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Family courts to order DNA test

By Ian Brunt in Children (family law)

From September 2015 family court judges in England and Wales will be able to request and pay the costs of DNA tests to ascertain a child’s parentage. The introduction of the extended powers comes following the success of a pilot scheme trialled in Taunton and Bristol following anecdotal evidence that courtroom arguments led to delays… Read more »

Feb 17

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