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Unfair Dismissal - Mental Health Issues

Kayleigh Howarth
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A Sky engineer who was dismissed following failure to follow health and safety rules is successful in claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination Mr Plowright was employed by Sky-in-Home Services Limited as a Field Engineer from March 2007 until...

Ethical Veganism Protected against Discrimination

Kayleigh Howarth
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A philosophical belief is a "protected characteristic" under the Equality Act 2010.  It is unlawful to discriminate against an individual because of their philosophical belief.  There is a five-point criteria to be met in order to decide...

New Electrical Safety Standards on the Horizon

Nigel Bescoby
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The draft Electrical Safety Standards in the Private (Rented) Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament. If passed there will be changes ahead. ...

Who is protected if your employer transfers over to another business?

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What is TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings)? The purpose of TUPE is to protect employees in the event that the business they work for transfers over to someone else. It means that the employees' terms, entitlements and rights remain the same with the new...

Do you pay inheritance tax on lifetime gifts?

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Most people will have heard of the '7 year rule' with regard to inheritance tax payable on gifts made during a person's lifetime.  Often the rules are confused and misinterpreted. Current HMRC guidelines outline that any gifts totalling...

Time to talk about workplace mental wellbeing

Danielle Lister
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Workplace mental wellbeing is a top concern among employers, according to European-wide research.*  According to the World Health Organisation, in the UK, workplace mental illness is estimated to cost 2% of GDP and the latest statistics from the ...

Parental Bereavement Leave New Regulations

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NEW REGULATIONS REGARDING PARENTAL BEREAVEMENT TO COME INTO FORCE THIS YEAR On 23 January 2020 the Government announced that from 06 April 2020 the rights under the Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020 and the Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay...

CHANGE TO THE AMOUNT A SPOUSE OR CIVIL PARTNER RECEIVES UNDER THE INTESTACY RULES

Rebecca Taylor
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If you die without making a valid Will your estate will be administered under the intestacy rules. Under the intestacy rules, if you die leaving a surviving spouse or civil partner and children (or other descendants), the surviving spouse or civil partner is...

A step in the right direction to end the decade

Julie Bailey
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Like many others, I very much welcomed the news that the first heterosexual couple; Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, had entered into a civil partnership following last year's ruling by the Supreme Court. After a five year struggle, the ruling led...

Do the Courts recognise the value grandparents add to the lives of their grandchildren?

Mikaela Rogerson
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Grandparents can bring so much to a child’s life: the opportunity to learn new skills, explore family history and develop lasting and supportive relationships, to say the least. Grandparents are typically involved in a family life by: Helping out...