Solicitors in Essex

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Sickness and the right to holiday pay
February 2013

Lara Murray, an employment law specialist at Palmers Solicitors, looks at the issues raised by two recent court rulings on sickness and annual leave Continue reading...

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Divorce: the importance of getting it right
January 2013

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. Continue reading...

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New Stalking Law Not so New
December 2012

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.  Continue reading...

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The importance of agreeing a way out
October 2012

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. Continue reading...

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Changes to health and safety legislation
September 2012

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. Continue reading...

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The treatment of controlling persons
September 2012

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. Continue reading...

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Managing the end of the employment relationship
September 2012

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. Continue reading...

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Businesses take greater action against cybersquatters
September 2012

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. Continue reading...

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The deletion of personal data
September 2012

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). Continue reading...

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Cohabitation and the myth of ‘common law marriage’
September 2012

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. Continue reading...