News archive: January 2015

  • Posted on January 21, 2015
    Aldi is a great shop so I’ll answer that question immediately as I don’t want to offend them; it’s a big no. My recent experience of using a conveyancing factory fell far short of Aldi in terms of comparison. At Aldi you can get decent quality groceries at a far cheaper price than a premium supermarket. You can also pay way over the odds for a bottle of Ketchup, so it pays to shop there carefully.
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    Posted in: Property
  • Posted on January 13, 2015
    The Government is in the process of setting up the new Fit for Work Service (FFW) available to all employers on the recommendation of Dame Carol Black, the government’s national Director for Health and Work. This followed a consultation published in November 2011 which found that more assistance should be provided to employers to tackle sickness absence. The scheme is due to be completed in May this year. The telephone line and website have been up and running since December 2014.

    A large number of employers do not have access to or employ an occupational health specialist. This service may prove invaluable for such employers in tackling long term sickness absences.
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    Posted in: Employment
  • Posted on January 13, 2015
    Jojar Singh, Senior Solicitor at QualitySolicitors Knight Polson has acted for a number of small and medium sized businesses in the miss-selling of interest rate swap agreements.

    The purpose behind many of the swaps sold to bank’s customers was essentially to fix the customers interest rate at a particular level to ensure that they were not paying huge amounts to the bank in interest if the rate was increased. Very little or no advice was given to customers outlining the position if the interest rates fell or if the customers wanted to exit the swap early.
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    Posted in: Law
  • Posted on January 12, 2015
    Depression and anxiety are common impairments suffered by many but in order to gain protection from discrimination employees will need to meet the tests in the Equality Act 2010 relating to disability. These include that the effect of the impairment must be serious and long-term. The tests must be met at the relevant time (when the discrimination occurred).
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    Posted in: Employment
  • Posted on January 9, 2015
    Miss Doran was an administrative officer for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). She started in May 2009. Miss Doran suffered from stress and went off sick on 12 January 2010.
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    Posted in: Employment
  • Posted on January 8, 2015
    2015 is an election year and is therefore likely to be full of changes in the employment law field. Some of the proposals will be promises which never materialise but some may just get off the ground. We bring you a round up of the key dates and changes employers should be aware of in the year ahead including changes to family friendly rights and the eagerly awaited decision in a case on holiday pay.
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    Posted in: Employment, News

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