Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Why are Care Fees so Expensive?

It can be a daunting time for families placing a loved one into a care home, particularly in circumstances where that family member has lost the ability to make decisions for themselves. Aside from the health concerns that often bring about such a decision, there is the complex world of care fees to navigate. The… Read more »

Dealing with Mental Health Illness and Discrimination at Work

10th October 2019 marked World Mental Health Day, an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of mental health illness. According to the most recent statistics provided by Mental Health First Aid England, there were 526,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in Great Britain which accounts for approximately 72 million working days lost, costing… Read more »

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 »

TOLATA: Property Rights for Unmarried and Co-habiting Couples

It is surprising how many couples believe that they have rights over another’s property if they have been in a long-term relationship that has come to an end. The concept of the term ‘common law wife’ is widely misconceived. There is no legal right to another’s property by virtue of a long-standing relationship. Similarly, clients… 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 »