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Commission Decision Hits Holiday Pay Sums for Employers

As the big summer break gets underway, commission-based employees can expect fatter pay packets on their return following European Court ruling Sales staff heading for the sun will have a rosier return in future, following a ruling by the European Court that commission payments be considered when calculating holiday pay. The Court has said that…

New Rules for Those Without a Will

From October, different rules come into force on how assets should be distributed when someone dies without making a will, but it is still likely to cause a shock to families, particularly where couples were not married or in a civil partnership New rules on what happens when someone dies without making a will should…

Lifelong Campaigner Leads The Way For Dementia Sufferers

Dementia sufferers wanting to remain in their own home have been given hope thanks to a lifelong political campaigner. In a case that has emphasised the importance of making one’s wishes known before illness strikes through a Lasting Power of Attorney, a challenge to Westminster Council over residential care has successfully been fought on behalf…

Property Owners Carry the Can Long After the Floods

Property owners who are finally cleaning up after flooding and dealing with their insurance claims are being reminded that they will have to re-live the experience when they come to sell.   And for recent buyers who may have discovered their new home was wrongly presented as not having suffered flooding in the past, the courts…

Same Sex Marriages – The Laws are Changing!

Same Sex Marriages are coming, and some of the legislation became effective on 13th March 2014…but it is complicated….you will need legal advice,may need pre-nuptial agreements,and as the rules apply presently if you are in a civil partnership,you will need to tread carefully.You may even need to dissolve the civil partnership first. For more information,…

Avoiding Family Feuds When You Die

Contested Probate is in the headlines, following the reading of Nelson Mandela’s will, highlighting problems that are becoming increasingly common with the rising number of ‘blended’ families following remarriage. Commentators have pointed to the international leader’s decision to exclude his second wife Winnie from the will and the restrictions he placed on legacies to some…

Changes to TUPE Arrive but Employers Disappointed

Employers hoping for a complete overhaul and greater flexibility in the transfer of employee rights following a company sale or change of contractor, under what is known as TUPE legislation, are likely to be disappointed when the new regulations come into force at the end of the month. The new Collective Redundancies & Transfer of…