Paternity Leave – New Regs April 2010

The House of Lords has approved various draft regulations pertaining to the new right to paternity leave. The most important is the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010, which specify that additional paternity leave will be for a maximum of 26 weeks and minimum of 2 weeks, that it must not start until at least 20… Read more »

Japanese restaurant faces large fine for illegal workers

Two immigration offenders have been caught working illegally at Wasabisabi in Sheffield last week following a crackdown on rogue employers. Officers from the UK Border Agency targeted Wasabisabi, 227a London Road in Sheffield in an intelligence led operation shortly after 1730 on Tuesday 26 January. They found two Chinese males, aged 24 and 42, working… Read more »

The hidden cost of the lease on your retirement home

Many Retirement Home Landlords charge exorbitant exit fees on the sale of a retirement flat. The practice has been under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading and it is hoped that many of the firms who they have approached will agree to sign undertakings which would mean they are legally bound to stop enforcing… Read more »

Grandparents to get green light for contact applications?

Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families recently announced government plans to change the law allowing grandparents the right to apply through the Courts for contact to their grandchildren. At the moment, grandparents must first obtain the permission of the Court to bring the application by showing that they have an… Read more »

Government to launch ‘fit notes’ in April 2010

The Government has published its response to consultation on the ‘fit notes’ that are set to replace sick notes. The Social Security (Medical Evidence) and the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 are intended to come into force on 6 April 2010 despite concerns that this will not allow time for stakeholders to… Read more »