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27
Feb 2017

Settling a Commercial Dispute

Commercial disputes can affect all types of businesses at one time or another and if not handled properly can damage commercial relationships and reputation. The Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Chadwick Lawrence deals expertly with a vast range of both private and public sector disputes and we aim to provide a friendly, cost effective and…

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27
Feb 2017

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Gender pay gap reporting legislation is due to come into force from April 2017; this will require employers with 250 or more employees to publish calculations showing the pay gap between male and female employees in their business. The aim is to encourage employers to take action to reduce (or eradicate) gender pay gaps in…

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27
Feb 2017

New Pay Rates April 2017

The Government has published the new statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2017. Updated National Minimum Wage Regulations have also been published. Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay and Adoption Pay Currently, the statutory rates are £139.58 per week or 90% of the…

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27
Feb 2017

Indirect Workplace Discrimination

In a recent case the Employment Appeals Tribunal upheld a decision to reject a claim for indirect workplace decimation on religious grounds where an employer refused five consecutive weeks’ holiday for the attendance at a series of religious festivals. The claim was based on the assertion that the employer’s policy of only allowing three consecutive…

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24
Feb 2017

‘Sustainability and transformation plans’ could lead to closure of dozens of A&E and maternity units

A report by the King’s Fund has urged MPs to back proposals by local health managers to redesign NHS services in a bid for them to be run more cost effectively and offer a better standard of care. The proposals could lead to the closure of maternity wards, accident and emergency units, cancer units and…

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24
Feb 2017

More sick newborns should stay with their mother instead of being in special care

A new report published by NHS Improvement, has urged doctors to allow full-term sick babies to stay with their mothers whenever possible, rather than being placed in special care units. Keeping the mother and baby together encourages breastfeeding and enables the pair to bond, which could help with the baby’s development later on. Furthermore, within…

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