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27
Feb 2015

Increase in Statutory Rates and Limits Announced

The government has recently announced increases to various entitlements which will take effect in April 2015.  The relevant increases are:- On 5 April 2015, statutory for maternity, adoption, paternity, additional paternity and shared parental pay will increase from £138.18 to £139.58 per week; From 6 April 2015, the weekly rate of statutory sick pay will…

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27
Feb 2015

Constructive Dismissal and Delay in Resignation

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) recently considered a constructive dismissal case brought by an employee who resigned some 18 months after an identified fundamental breach of her contract of employment. It is a well established principal that, in addition to there being a fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employer which results…

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27
Feb 2015

Ruling on Variations of Contract

Many contracts of employment contain a clause which purports to confer a right on the employer to vary any terms of the contracts at its discretion.  Such widely drafted clauses rarely work in practice as the courts refuse to allow the enforcement of provisions which change the balance of power so fundamentally in the employment…

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27
Feb 2015

GMC finds proposals to improve patient safety has strong support

A major consultation has found that there is strong support for recommendations to handle the minority of doctors who cause patients harm or put them at significant risk. Over 2,000 people answered the consultation, including patients, doctors and other health service professionals. The GMC had consulted with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services (MPTS) who determine…

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27
Feb 2015

England’s NHS foundation trusts in deficit by £321m

According to the health regulator Monitor, more than 50% of all foundation trusts in England are now in the red. Monitor’s quarterly report, which looked at 147 trusts in the last quarter of 2014, said that hiring expensive agency staff was having a significant impact on their budgets. The report found that the deficit of…

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20
Feb 2015

Why Choose Chadwick Lawrence’s Family Team?

If you are going through a divorce or separation how do you choose who to turn to for support and advice in making difficult decisions about the future?  There are three reasons why you should choose us:- Our Expertise We have one of the most experienced teams of Family Lawyers in the region.  We have…

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