In October 2012 a positive duty was placed on all employers to automatically enrol ‘eligible job holders’ in to a qualifying pension scheme. For most Dental Practices the relevant date for complying is likely to be early next year. If your Practice has not been given the relevant date yet, then you should expect notification imminently. A failure to comply with this duty can result in a...Read More
We all hope that the ability to make decisions for ourselves remains with us for as long as possible; it is a leap of faith that that we appoint as Attorney will make decisions that are in our best interests.
The Courts have seen a number of cases recently where Attorneys have abused the powers they have been trusted with and misused money owned by those they are supposed to be...Read More
Dealing with complaints is an inevitable part of running a business. How you do it from the outset can prevent them spiralling out of control. Making sure you treat your customers fairly may even result in repeat business despite a complaint being raised. The alternative; consumers reporting you to trading standards, posts on your social media accounts, complaints to professional bodies...Read More
Most people are familiar with the concept of blowing the whistle. It is also widely understood that should an employee (or worker) tell their employer that there are unsafe or illegal practices taking place within their business, then they are protected from suffering detrimental treatment or being dismissed as a result.
The whistle-blowing culture appears to be on the rise of late in the...Read More
The Modern Slavery Act 2015
The primary purpose of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is to consolidate the existing law in relation to modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking. However, the Act also introduces a new reporting requirement for businesses.
At present this only effects large corporates; in that any business that supplies goods or services with a turnover...Read More
In the age of social media people from all over the world have a Facebook page, detailing information about themselves, displaying personal photos and more often than not providing routine updates on their daily lives. But have you thought about what happens to your Facebook persona when you die?
Facebook Legacy Contact
The popular social media platform has recently...Read More
An essential guide to shared parental leave
I am sure that every man and his child knows about the new Regulations that came into force from December 2014 in relation to Shared Parental Leave (if not, where have you been?). However, do you know how they will work in reality?
Here is a brief guide to the regulations to help you understand who is entitled to take leave, how...Read More
The government’s new Fit for Work Service is being slowly rolled out prior to its planned full implementation by May 2015 (after the government stop compensating employers’ for statutory sick pay (SSP) in April 2015).
You may recall that when it was announced last year it was originally named the ‘Health and Work’ Service.
Quick guide to the new Fit for Work Service (FFW)
What does the...Read More
In the summer (July 2014), we reported that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) were being asked to determine whether obesity should be considered a disability under Equality legislation. It involved the case of a Dutch childminder who claimed he was dismissed due to being overweight (he reportedly weighed 25 stone), and argued that he should have been considered disabled*.
The ECJ has...Read More
Holiday Pay; The State of Play
Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down a landmark decision in relation to holiday pay which means that employers MUST now include EVERYTHING that is “normal remuneration” when calculating payments to employees for the first 4 weeks of statutory holiday pay (which is the 4 weeks guaranteed by the Working Time...Read More