Sickness and the right to holiday pay
Lara Murray, an employment law specialist at Palmers Solicitors, looks at the issues raised by two recent court rulings on sickness and annual leave
Divorce: the importance of getting it right
For many people, the New Year heralds a new start and, for some, this new start means taking steps to bring an unhappy relationship to an end. In fact, January is traditionally seen as the busiest time of the year for couples filing for divorce.
New Stalking Law Not so New
There has been an enormous amount of publicity concerning the new stalking law brought into force by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The ‘new’ law has been hailed by everyone from the Cleveland Police to the Sun Newspaper as being a vitally important new protection for women against stalking. Amid all the furore surrounding this new law it is worth taking a moment to ask ourselves whether this excitement is completely justified.
The importance of agreeing a way out
In an ideal world, every workplace would be filled with staff who are perfectly suited to their job and employers and employees would always enjoy a good relationship. In the real world, however, things do not always go according to plan and it can sometimes be necessary for an employer and employee to part ways, whether through redundancy, mutual agreement or dismissal.
Changes to health and safety legislation
Under new rules which are set to come into force next April, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities will only carry out regular health and safety inspections on high-risk businesses.
The treatment of controlling persons
IR35 was introduced in 1999 to target people working as a contractor or freelancer – even though they are effectively doing an employee’s job at a single company – in order to save tax.
Managing the end of the employment relationship
As the government continues its overhaul of current employment legislation, it has launched a consultation on ways to ensure the best outcome when businesses are required to end their relationships with employees.
Businesses take greater action against cybersquatters
In the 12 months to July 2012, there was a six per cent year-on-year increase in the number of domain name disputes, with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) ruling on 2944 cases.
The deletion of personal data
Businesses do not have to delete personal data immediately after it is no longer required for processing purposes, according to new guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Cohabitation and the myth of ‘common law marriage’
Many unmarried couples believe that if they live together for long enough, they will automatically become ‘common law husband and wife’ and enjoy the same rights as married couples. However, this is a myth.