Monthly Archives: October 2015

Family Judge Blocks Mother and Child’s Move to Australia

The importance of the role of fathers in the lives of their children has been given more and more recognition by the family courts in recent years, as is evidenced by a case in which a mother was refused permission … Continue reading

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Government Issues Guidance on Zero Hours Contracts

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued guidance explaining what zero hours contracts are and how they should be used. This provides information on: how they affect employment rights; appropriate use; inappropriate use; alternatives; best practice; and exclusivity … Continue reading

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Fit for Work

Employers are reminded that, as of 22 July 2015, GPs across England and Wales can make referrals to the Fit for Work service, so you may be contacted by the service regarding a member of staff who is absent on … Continue reading

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Creative accounting on divorce does not pay: the cautionary tale of Sharland and Gohil?

#Sharland and Gohil: The #Sharland and Gohil cases are in the press this week following the recent Supreme Court decisions. Both cases illustrate that during financial proceedings on divorce, trying to minimise financial exposure by ‘re-valuing’ assets  or syphoning off … Continue reading

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Judicial Mistake in DIY Divorce Settlement Rapidly Corrected

When a husband and wife split up, they amicably decided that maintenance would be paid by the husband to the wife for five years and agreed between themselves the main details of their other financial arrangements, leaving only some aspects … Continue reading

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New Minimum Wage Rates

The following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect on 1 October 2015: the adult NMW rate increased from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour; the NMW rate for workers aged 18 to 20 increased from £5.13 … Continue reading

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How Do Holiday and Sick Leave Interact? Tribunal Gives Guidance

The interaction between sick leave and annual holiday leave poses a tricky problem for employers. In Plumb v Duncan Print Group Limited, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has clarified the position for employees who have to take prolonged periods off … Continue reading

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