Good intentions not enough in wage calculations

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlock every case. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waiting for an employment tribunal […]

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Workforce wellbeing must include mental health awareness

Understanding of mental health issues is high on the agenda, thanks to the involvement of the younger members of the Royal family in the Heads Together awareness campaign which has seen the #oktosay hashtag trending. Their activity gave an extra boost to this month’s Mental Health Awareness Week, but now the annual campaign is over, […]

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House sellers are facing testing questions

Springtime is traditionally the busiest time for the property market, but with a knotty problem affecting more homes than ever, it’s worth doing some horticultural homework before you start, whether you’re buying or selling.  Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive, aggressive and destructive plant, able to grow as high as four metres in just a […]

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Families who leave court the losers after inheritance claims

Record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more families to contest unfavourable outcomes.     Two recent cases which have seen families losing out after legal action include two brothers who have run up fees of more than their entire inheritance by disputing a […]

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No rabbits, just selfies come out of Hammond’s hat in pre-Brexit budget

  The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which avoided headline-grabbing shake-ups and tax breaks in favour of economic stability.   In the run-up to the announcement, sterling slipped to a seven-week low, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the move towards exiting the […]

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LIVING TOGETHER RIGHTS? – SOME HOPE??

There persists to this day an urban myth that couples who choose to live together and not get married will after time acquire the same rights of married couples, by virtue of being in a “common law marriage”.  Unfortunately, such concept simply does not exist.   No matter how long an unmarried couple choose to live […]

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Complex challenges for employers in the year ahead

Constant changes and increasing complexity have helped make employment law a frontline challenge for business and this year looks set to continue the trend.  The first weeks of January saw Maggie Dewhurst, a bike courier with City Sprint, winning her case to be treated as a worker, rather than a self-employed contractor. The high-profile case […]

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Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples.  But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed.   […]

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Life lessons from headline breakdowns

Whether fiction or fact, marriage breakdown issues have been stealing more than their fair share of headlines in recent weeks. BBC Radio 4 listeners tuned in to hear revelations about the oppressive relationship endured by Helen Titchener in the Archers storyline. And in celebrity news, the announcements by Angelina Jolie and Zoe Ball have resulted […]

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Keeping hold of the real power in the name game

By Steven Judge, Partner with Stephen Rimmer LLP In the same week that fashion entrepreneur Karen Millen was told she could not use her own name in business, Specsavers were given the green light to trademark the word should’ve on the grounds that it had become eponymously linked to the retailer through their long-standing marketing […]

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