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Age limit change for National Living Wage

Age Limit Changed Currently the National Living Wage applies to all workers aged 23 and over, but from the 1st April 2024 the age limit will be reduced and instead it will apply to all workers aged 21 and over.

Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

From 1st April 2024 Annual increases to the minimum wage and national living wage will come into effect from 1st April 2024: 21 and over from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour 18- to 20-year-olds from £7.49 to £8.60 per hour 16- to 17-year-olds and apprentices from £5.28 to...

No Fault Divorce

No Fault Divorce The breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership is nearly always a challenging time for both parties. Unfortunately, it is all too common as 42% of marriages now end in divorce and around 10% of civil partnerships are dissolved each year. Our family...

Divorce News

DIVORCE NEWS! Government commits to 6th April 2022 for the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act It has now been announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame,...

Bereavement leave

From 6 April 2020, all employed parents will have the right to two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of their length of service. Employed parents may also qualify for two weeks’...

New ‘Vento’ bands

Guidance updating the Vento bands for damages for injury to feelings has been issued. The new bands, for claims issued on or after 6 April 2020, are:- lower band: £900 to £9k middle band: £9k to £27k upper band: £27k to £45k (with the possibility of the most serious...

Mental Health

Mental Health At Work At last mental health is getting the media coverage it needs to change peoples views and lift the stigma once associated with mental illness. An independent review on how employers can better support the mental health of employees, including...

Grieving Allowance

New leave allowance for grieving parents A Bill has been published last month which will entitle parents two weeks paid leave in the sad event that they lose a child under the age of 18. Currently, whilst employers are expected to be understanding and flexible where...

ET fees abolished!

Finally......Employment Tribunal fees abolished! The Supreme Court has handed down Judgment in the case commonly known as ‘the appeal against Employment Tribunal fees’. The court conclusively found that the fees prevented access to justice and that they were therefore...

Wage & Living Updates

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage April 2017 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on a worker's age and if they are an apprentice. The National Living Wage The Government's...

Interesting cases

Interesting Cases Panikulam Paulose v Synergy Health UK Ltd On 1 March 2017, an employment tribunal rejected an unfair dismissal claim brought by a worker who was caught using scissors to cut his fingernails while working in a sterile environment assembling trays of...

£25,000 award

£25,000 award for apprentice whose apprenticeship ended early An employment tribunal awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship ended early. In the case of Kinnear v Marley Eternit Ltd t/a Marley Contract Services, the employment...

Holiday requests?

Holiday requests - when can an employer say 'no'? Its holiday time and employers usually find themselves receiving an increasing number of holiday requests. Whilst an employer may want to grant holiday requests, this simply isn't always possible. Consideration must be...

New inheritance info

New inheritance tax limit: thousands will miss out unless they make this change! Thousands of families need to review their wills if they want to benefit from the Government's new inheritance tax allowance. Thousands of families who set up “discretionary trusts” so...

Inheritance Claims

Inheritance Claims - Recent Court of Appeal ruling The right of people to leave money and assets to whom they wish in their will has just  been seriously undermined by a landmark court of appeal decision. A woman has been awarded £164,000 from her estranged mother’s...

Zero-hours contracts

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts finally banned Some two months after claiming that they had been banned, the government has finally acted to outlaw the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts from 26 May 2015. This and other employment...

Small Businesses

Help for small businesses? Sajid Javid, the new Business Secretary, has announced the creation of a new “small business conciliation service” which will aim to resolve payment disputes where that business is owed money by a large firm. Based upon an Australian model,...

That’s entertainment!

That’s entertainment! The entertainment exemptions under the Licensing Act are now in force. Live music in premises licensed for the sale of alcohol, and for an audience of up to 500, no longer requires an authorisation. Karaoke is included within the definition,...

Fines unlimited!

Fines unlimited! The cap on the maximum fine that can be imposed for many licensing offences has been abolished. The Magistrates’ Court can now impose an unlimited fine in respect of certain offences under the Licensing Act 2003, including allowing the sale of alcohol...

Licensing Changes!

Last minute Licensing Changes! In the final throes of the current Parliament, the Deregulation Act 2014 has received Royal assent. The most important changes are the deregulation of live music in licensed premises, the increase in the number of Temporary Event Notices...

Weather Warnings

Severe Weather Warnings - Is Your Business Ready? The UK has recently been experiencing the effects of a much publicised winter 'weather bomb'. As we come into the winter months, do not forget that your business may have to deal with the consequences of more severe...

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave & Pay What is Shared Parental Leave?At the end of 2014, new rights to allow parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child became law and shared parental leave is now available to parents with babies due on or after 5...

New Intestacy Rules

New Intestacy Rules From 1 October 2014, the Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 changes the way in which the assets of people who die intestate are shared among their relatives. The biggest change will affect married couples or registered civil partnerships...

Holiday Pay

Hot off the Press – Holiday Pay to include overtime! The Employment Appeal Tribunal has today handed down Judgment in an extremely important case for Employers relating to Holiday Pay. The key points are :- 1. workers are entitled to be paid a sum of money to reflect...

Flexible Working

Flexible Working - changes in force on 30 June 2014 Flexible Working – The key change this month is the introduction of the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 which will came into force on 30 June 2014. They are supported by an ACAS Code of Practice and a Guide to...

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