What counts as bullying in the workplace?
Experiencing unfair treatment in the workplace can be distressing and can have an impact on your life both in and out of work. You may be worried about your financial situation if you leave, your performance at work, or suffer from low self-esteem. However, there are laws to protect employees from such treatment, but you must first understand what type of negative treatment you are experiencing under the law. In this article, we look at what bullying in the workplace is, and what you can do if you are a victim.
What are your contractual obligations to hybrid working?
Most employers will be familiar with the flexible working regime as it has been used in the workplace for almost two decades, and although hybrid working is relatively new, it is important to note that it is simply a type of flexible working. The statutory flexible working regime allows any employee with more than 26 weeks’ service to request to work flexibly and sets out a framework that you must follow where a request is made by an eligible employee.
Mistakes to avoid when negotiating a separation agreement
If you have decided to separate from your partner, there are certain practicalities that you will need to work out together. This can be done through a separation agreement.
Storm damage: Who is responsible for damage and loss in commercial properties?
With the UK recently hit by Storm Arwen, many businesses have suffered damage and loss. However, if a rented business premises has been damaged, who is responsible for making repairs? What if a premises is no longer fit for use? In this article, we look at storm damage and commercial tenancies.
Menopause for thought – what do employers need to know?
Women make up a significant portion of the workforce, so it is hardly surprising that gender equality in the workplace has become an important topic in recent decades.
Concern as LPA numbers decline despite launch of online service
Professionals working with the elderly and vulnerable are raising concerns over future safeguarding following a dramatic fall in the number of lasting powers of attorneys registered during the coronavirus pandemic.
Employment Law: Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Age discrimination claims to employment tribunals have risen steeply since the pandemic, and a recent case has highlighted the challenge for employers using a mandatory retirement age.
Fireworks, bonfires and the law
If you are considering an at-home fireworks display or perhaps a bonfire, you need to be sure that you do not fall foul of the law. Rules concerning fireworks and bonfires are designed to keep us all safe and to prevent nuisance in the neighbourhood. In this article, we run through some key questions about fireworks, bonfires and the law.
Why is Inheritance Tax Planning Important?
Research suggests that 70% of all UK household wealth is currently held by the over 50’s, otherwise known as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation. This means that over the next 30 years we will see the largest ever transfer of wealth, anticipated to be approximately £5.5tn passed down in inheritance.
Employee rights – Compulsory Vaccinations Update September 2021
From 11 November 2021, all care home workers and anyone entering a care home must be fully vaccinated, unless they are medically exempt under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021.
Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession
October will see a major milestone in notice periods for residential tenancies where landlords are seeking possession, as they revert to pre-pandemic requirements. But with fears of a tough winter, as gas prices soar and furlough support ends, landlords are being warned to check the latest guidance before taking action, as additional protections for tenants may need to be reinstated.
Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?
When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship can suffer and even be prevented from seeing their grandchildren as often as they would like. However, there are certain actions grandparents can take to secure their relationship with their beloved grandchildren and in this article, we look at some of the solutions to a very sensitive legal problem.
Could Lasting Power of Attorneys go digital?
A more straightforward digital system to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could come into play, but experts say that it is vital that sufficient safeguards are in place to protect elderly and vulnerable people from abuse. In this article, we look at how the system might work, and the concerns for potential abuse of a digital process for setting up Lasting Power of Attorney.
Child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay?
Under a child maintenance arrangement, child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If this payment is not forthcoming, the receiving parent could launch a civil legal claim.
Commercial Property- Rent or Buy?
There are several factors you should consider and making the right decision can be challenging. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of each to give you an idea of what you may wish to think about or discuss with your solicitor.
Where can you Legally use Electric Scooters, Micro Bikes, and Quad Bikes?
With the UK experiencing great summer weather, many people want to use this opportunity to get outside in new and exciting ways. If you own an electric scooter, quad bike or similar mode of transportation, it’s important to understand the rules and your obligations. In this article, we set out how and where you can legally use these types of vehicles.
The latest changes to road traffic accident claims
From 31 May 2021, the personal injury claims process has changed for people who suffer an injury in a road traffic accident (RTA) that are considered ‘low value’, such as soft tissue and whiplash injuries
Social media and the law: 6 things you need to know
The world of social media can often seem like the wild west of the internet. Everyone has simple access to an audience and can share anything they wish. In a matter of minutes, a post can go viral, spreading a message or causing damage to a brand's reputation. While the dos and don'ts of social media are far too extensive to cover in a blog post, in this quick guide, we point you in the direction of some things you should be aware of.
How to make use of IHT exempt gift allowances
Internet shopping may have boomed during the pandemic, but many people have spent less than usual while forced to stay home during the periods of lockdown. For those with spare money, they have an opportunity to make the most of inheritance tax reliefs on gifts to family and friends if they act swiftly.
Compulsory vaccinations in the care sector
With the Covid-19 vaccine fast being rolled out across the country and all over 18’s to be offered a first dose by the end of June 2021, the Government has now mandated that all people working in elderly care MUST be vaccinated in order to continue to do this work. The new legislation, which is subject to Parliamentary approval, is expected to come into force from October.
What happens to debt after someone dies?
When someone you love has passed away, the last thing you might be thinking about is debt. However, there are many misconceptions about debt and inheritance, and it is essential to understand your position.