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Archive for November, 2015

Nov 15

Court Comes to Aid of Foreign Surrogacy Couple

Anyone thinking of starting a family by entering into a foreign surrogacy arrangement should take careful note of a High Court case in which a well-meaning couple ended up in...

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Nov 15

What Constitutes 'Work Equipment'?

A case in the Scottish Court of Session (Coia v Portavadie Estates Limited) examined the question of what is and what is not work equipment for the purposes of the...

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Nov 15

Whistleblowing Laws – Amendments

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) – often referred to as the ‘Whistleblowing’ Act – was introduced in the wake of various workplace scandals and disasters after official enquiries...

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Nov 15

Pension Rights for Civil Partners

As the law currently stands, employers and pension funds are permitted to exclude civil partners from spousal benefits under a pension scheme the rights to which accrued prior to 5...

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Nov 15

National Minimum Wage Rates

The following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect on 1 October 2015: the adult NMW rate increased from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour; the NMW...

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Nov 15

Mobile Workers – Daily Travel To and From Work is 'Working Time'

The EU Working Time Directive, which is implemented into UK law by the Working Time Regulations 1998, defines working time as 'any period during which the worker is working, at...

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Nov 15

Employment Tribunal Fees

In July 2013, the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 introduced a fee structure for single claims to the Employment Tribunal (ET) as follows: For level...

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Nov 15

Collective Redundancy Consultation – When is the Duty to Consult Triggered?

In United States of America v Nolan, the Supreme Court has ruled that the US Government did have collective redundancy consultation obligations with regard to civilian workers during the closure...

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Nov 15

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

New regulations that came into force on 1 December 2014 made changes to the way in which eligible parents can take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Shared...

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Nov 15

A General Guide to Recruiting Staff

Getting the recruitment process right is vital to ensure that you not only select the most suitable candidate for the vacancy but also do so without falling foul of the...

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Nov 15

A Guide to Equal Pay Audits

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same...

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Nov 15

Court Appoints Cousins to Manage Woman's Affairs

Although it is normally sound procedure to appoint an attorney to act in respect of your affairs should you become incapable of doing so yourself, where this precaution is not...

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Nov 15

City Noise Inevitable, Rules Court

Local authorities are obliged to offer suitable accommodation to homeless people, taking into account their particular circumstances and vulnerabilities. In one case, however, the Court of Appeal ruled that a...

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Nov 15

Media Reporting of Family Cases – The Debate Heats Up!

The increasing ability of the media to report family proceedings has given rise to judicial differences of opinion in respect of the difficult balance to be struck between individual privacy...

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Nov 15

No Will Means Tax Windfall for HMRC

The result of the recent death of actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known for playing 'Trigger' in the hit series 'Only Fools and Horses', serves as a reminder that failing to...

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Nov 15

Unexpected Death Justifies Divorce Settlement Change

One of the things that the family court seeks to do when divorce settlements are being made is to achieve finality. Where a settlement has been agreed by the court,...

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Nov 15

Will Change Means Widower Will Lose Home

Many couples would be left scratching their heads if asked whether they own their home as 'joint tenants' or 'tenants in common'. However, in one case, the distinction led to...

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Nov 15

The Top 10 Most Common Disputes Relating to Wills

Jonathan Mortimer, Head of Dispute Resolution at Raworths, has listed the most frequently seen disputes relating to wills and the administration of estates based upon his experience in the field....

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Nov 15

Costs Disaster Follows Appeal on Land Dispute Failure

Boundary disputes are by no means uncommon, especially in rural areas, where the apparent boundaries can move over time and of which maps, which are never exactly precise, tend to...

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