Who should prepare your will?
The One Show recently added its support to the growing call for the regulation of will writing in order to protect the public. This follows the Legal Ombudsman highlighting the dangers of using will writing companies to make wills and a report from the Legal Services Consumer Panel recommending compulsory regulation.
Sadly, some things in life turn out to be just too good to be true and the promise of a “cheap-quickie” online divorce in just 4 weeks for the bargain price of £17 is another example of this. The headline grabbing price fails to mention that the downloadable forms included can be collected for free from county courts up and down the country; also hidden in the small print is the fact that most petitioners must also pay court fees of £385 (unless the petitioner is in receipt of certain benefits or a very low income).
Most employers are alive to their duty not to provide a misleading reference; if a misleading reference is provided to a prospective employer then there may be a liability in damages.
Extension of the right to request flexible working to be repealed and new measures to reduce red tape
The Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a range of measures to reduce the amount of red tape faced by business, which include repealing the Regulations extending the right to request flexible working to the parents of 17 year olds, and introducing a moratorium on new regulation for small businesses. The Government believes that the reforms will remove barriers to growth.
Paying too much for care?
The statistics on funding long-term care make for grim reading. The average annual cost of a care home exceeds the average annual wage, whilst SAGA estimated in 2009 that the cost of a four year stay in a care home would reach almost £225,000 by 2028. It has been reported that 20,000 people had to sell their homes last year to fund the cost of care.
When it came to power, the Coalition Government made it clear that it was committed to phasing out the so-called Default Retirement Age (“DRA”) and on 13th January 2011 the Government published its response to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills’ consultation on the DRA.
Harassment of employees by non-employees
This month we continue with our series of updates in relation to the Equality Act 2010 by informing you how the law has been extended in relation to harassment of employees.
PACS Frequently Asked Questions
What is “PACS ?”
It is made up of our specialist employment law compliance service and helpline together an insurance product that provides businesses with protection against claims arising out of employment.
A raft of employment legislation, increased employee awareness of their legal rights coupled with difficult economic circumstances has resulted in a significant increase in the number of employment claims being submitted to the Employment Tribunal Service.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1st October 2010.The aim of the Act is to streamline and combine previous discrimination legislation. It is hoped that this will, in turn, make matters easier for businesses. Accordingly, businesses with employees or providing goods or services to the public need to be aware of the changes to previous legislation.