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30
May

Child Emotional Cruelty Laws Unworkable

Proposals to create a law specifically targeting emotional abuse of children is littered with pitfalls warns one of the region’s leading family law experts. Helen Morton of Solihull based solicitors Ellis Hass & Co said many in the legal profession feel the same about the so-called ‘Cinderella Law’ which would make emotional neglect and abuse

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7
Jan

Auto-enrolment FAQs

Auto-enrolment FAQs Auto-enrolment is fast approaching for many businesses and it seems quite daunting for most, if not for the pocket, for the processes involved in implementation.  However, we strongly advise that employers seek professional advice on how auto-enrolment impacts upon their business as soon as possible.  It may not be as daunting as you

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10
Dec

National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage Investigations conducted by HMRC over the period of 2 years have revealed that in excess of 2,400 care workers did not receive the National Minimum Wage (NMW).  HMRC has found arrears of £340,000 which has resulted in fines of over £110,000. Some reasons given for the failure to pay the NMW relate

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5
Nov

ACAS Conciliation

ACAS Conciliation In April 2014, compulsory ACAS conciliation will be introduced.  This will be a 4 step process: Step 1 Before lodging a claim with the tribunal, a prospective Claimant must send ACAS an early conciliation form which details “prescribed information” by email, post or in person.  At present the “prescribed information” is thought to

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17
Oct

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee With news this week of dinner lady, Alison Waldock, being dismissed for gross misconduct due to “negligence, carelessness or idleness” for serving a Muslim child gammon, some are questioning whether this is just a step too far. Ms Waldock has said that the child in question chose the dish herself

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17
Oct

Our Ageing Workforce

Our Ageing Workforce In a recent study conducted by HSBC, it was found that 19% of those questioned in the UK felt that they would not be able to fully retire.  Government figures suggest that 7 million people are not saving enough for their retirement and with people living longer, any money which is saved

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17
Oct

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace G4S has recently been in the news for a number of reasons. Most recently, for allegedly charging for tags which were not actually fitted to offenders and possibly not so well publicised, for being in the running to provide a contract for lie detector testing.  Having carried out two

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