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Mar 2014

Tougher laws on Domestic Violence

On 8th March 2014, International Women’s Day, Claire’s Law was rolled out across England and Wales. The scheme, named after Claire Wood who was murdered by a former partner 5 years ago, enables the Police to disclose details of abusive partners’ pasts in relation to domestic violence and other violent acts. It is hoped that…

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24
Mar 2014

New Statutory Rates Announced

New statutory rates take effect on 6 April 2014. The most important changes in employment law are: Statutory maternity pay – Up from £136.78 to £138.18; Statutory paternity pay – Up from £136.78 to £138.18; Statutory adoption pay – Up from £136.78 to £138.18; Statutory sick pay – Up from £86.70 to £87.55 Limit on…

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24
Mar 2014

Employment Law changes

April is usually the time of year when many employment law reforms and amendments come into force. However, this year, only two significant changes will take effect. Firstly, from 6 April 2014, the right for employees to submit written questions regarding potential discriminatory treatment to their employer will be abolished. These are more commonly known…

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24
Mar 2014

Management Matters

Each edition Jackie Astbury, our Training Manager, will look at the ‘managerial side of life’ and focus on management development, providing guidance, tips, techniques and practical advice on an assortment of topics including performance management, conflict management, time management and many more. So last edition we looked at goals and their importance we now move…

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19
Mar 2014

Pension Sharing Orders are underused claims report

Pension Sharing Orders, first introduced in England and Wales in 2000 have been the subject of a review for the first time. Family Law Week reports that the study by Hilary Woodward from Cardiff Law School has explored when and how the issue of pensions is included in Financial Remedy Orders in the Family Courts. Pension…

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19
Mar 2014

Consumer Credit Changes

From April 1st the FCA will be taking over from the OFT as the main regulator of Consumer Credit agreements. This will result in a number of consumer credit changes and consumer credit regulation changes. Previously, consumer credit has always been regulated by itself, rather than alongside other retail financial services. The government felt this…

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