Article Category: Insight & Opinion

The Good Work Plan: How Does it Affect Your Organisation or Business?

The government’s proposals to take forward recommendations from the Taylor Review have been published in the Good Work Plan and is dubbed as the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years. Effectively, these changes are intended to significantly change the landscape and provide workers with more employment law rights. Below is a summary… Read more »

Can I Charge for Being the Executor of a Will?

If you have been appointed as an executor of a Will, you may feel duty-bound to take up that role. Perhaps a friend or family member has asked you to deal with their affairs once they have passed, entrusted you to sort matters out and you want to honour their wishes. You may have been appointed… Read more »

What to do if an Employee submits a Flexible Working Request

Employers most importantly need to be aware of the statutory framework that governs the flexible working process. Flexible working requests are often not dealt with properly by employers who are unaware of these obligations. Flexible working indeed can promote a happier, dedicated and more productive workforce and therefore has benefits for both employees and employers… Read more »

Businesses: Don’t Ignore the Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) is the UK’s implementation of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). The law controls how personal information is used by businesses and other organisations. It was designed to protect the personal data and information relating to individuals and also boosts the individual’s rights and gives them more control over… Read more »

Employing Supply Teachers from Agencies – What You Need to Know

Since October 2011, under the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), temporary agency workers — such as supply teachers from agencies — are entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions after working for a period of 12 weeks as if they have been employed directly by the hirer. This includes remuneration, paid holiday, working hours… Read more »

Unfair Dismissal of a Pregnant Employee

What lead to the Unfair Dismissal of a Pregnant Employee? For the following article, we look at the case of Peart v Care Preference Ltd, which demonstrates a series of events that lead to the unfair dismissal of a pregnant employee. It is also important to be aware of how to ensure you treat pregnant… Read more »

Compulsory Liquidation: What Does This Mean for Employees of Thomas Cook?

On 23 September 2019, Thomas Cook entered into compulsory liquidation after last-minute rescue talks failed. This resulted in Thomas Cook ceasing to trade with immediate effect and its board of directors being replaced by a court-appointed liquidator known as the Official Receiver (OR). The OR’s task over the coming months will be to liquidate Thomas… Read more »

Pension Sharing on Divorce

For many people, the pension fund is the largest asset after the matrimonial home. Pension sharing on divorce or at the end of a civil partnership can help to achieve a suitable balance of splitting the assets. However, unless a ‘Pension Sharing Order’ is made then the benefits will usually be lost to one party,… Read more »