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Children Order Conference Talks About Putting Needs Of Children First In Justice System

The Law Society organised the Children Order Conference the other evening at the Crowne Hotel in Belfast.The main theme of the conference was the importance of putting children at the heart of the justice system so that their needs are addressed first and foremost.
Children & The Justice System The conference is held each year and has become an integral event in the legal calendar...

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Man Awarded £25,000 Compensation After Apprenticeship Terminated Early

Daniel Kinnear was an apprentice roof tiler employed by Marley Eternit Ltd when his 4 year apprenticeship was terminated early. He had started as an apprentice in 2014 and the apprenticeship was supposed to be a fixed duration of 4 years, but in June 2016 he received a letter from the company telling him that he was being made redundant. This was despite him passing his initial assessment period.
Breach Of Contract Claim After pursuing other avenues in a bid to find work Daniel finally went to court to claim...

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GCS Solicitors Passes ISO Audit With Flying Colours!

Welcome to our blog here at GCS Solicitors. For those of you not aware of us we provide a full package of legal services from our base here in Armagh, Northern Ireland. Today we have news that we have recently successfully passed our ISO audit which we are delighted with.
ISO 9001 Audit We are the only firm in Armagh City to hold this prestigious quality assurance accreditation and on top...

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Solicitors Are Entitled To £400 Costs For Claims That Drop Out Before Stage 2 Rules Court

The Court of Appeal has ruled that solicitors will be able to claim the £400 protocol costs for claims that have not got beyond the first stage. This is an about turn from an earlier judgement where, in a road traffic accident claim, once the claimant did not pursue the case after the first stage the insurers were conferred a right of recovery for the £400 fixed costs.
Court Of Appeal Ruling But lawyers argued in the Court of Appeal that there was actually no express provision for repayment...

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Can You Arrange Disciplinary Proceedings Outside Working Hours?

This is an issue which has probably reared its head in many workplaces across the UK over the years so we thought we would share with you the legal stance on this subject. Suppose you have a busy workplace and you need to instigate disciplinary proceedings against a certain employee. You don`t have time to hold the proceedings during normal working hours so you would like to hold them outside these hours. As an employer are you legally entitled to do this and expect your employee to attend?
Disciplinary Proceedings At Work There does not appear to be anything in law that stops an employer from holding a disciplinary...

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New Minimum Wage Ruling For Care Worker At Employment Tribunal

An Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a care worker should be paid the minimum wage when required to sleep in at a service users home. But the law is not cut and dried and every case where a care worker is required to sleep in must be taken separately and judged as to whether they should be paid at least the national minimum wage.
When To Pay The National Minimum Wage As an article in the Guardian the other day pointed out, where this...

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Disability Discrimination Against A Mother Leads To Successful Claim For Damages

A mother who worked at a Belfast advice centre but was dismissed from her post has successfully claimed that her dismissal was down to disability discrimination. She has been awarded the sum of £18,886 in compensation after the court ruled that the Ardoyne Association had sacked her partly because of her role as a primary carer for her daughter who is disabled. This is contrary to the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995.
Disability Discrimination In The Workplace Maria McKeith had been working at the Association on a part time basis for 5 years,...

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Disability Rights Campaigner Wins Legal Fight With Airline

A disabled man who has campaigned for the rights of disabled people has won a court battle with British Airways after the loss and damage of his wheelchair when on holiday in the United States. Michael Holden is a company director from Saintfield who has motor neurone disease, and had fought long and hard with the airline company when they would not admit liability for the wheelchair, he also refused a last ditch attempt by them settle financially with him without admitting liability. But in a Downpatrick court British Airways finally admitted liability and agreed to pay compensation to Michael
Michael has been very active in the area of disability rights and as an enthusiastic traveller he set up the...

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Termination Notices And When They Take Effect

Here is an interesting question for you. If you are an employer and you wish to terminate someones contract when does the termination take effect, is it when it is posted to the employee or when the notice is actually read? There was a case in the court of appeal recently, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood, which dealt with this very scenario when a termination notice was sent by post to the employee.
Ms Haywood was an associate director of business development at the Trust but was given notice when the Trust sent...

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Checking Out Job Applicants On Social Media Channels

Recent research has shown that one in five employers have turned down job applicants after checking out their social media channels and online activity. The major social media channel that is checked out by employers is LinkedIn, unsurprisingly as it is more of a business related channel, with over 50% of the employers in the research saying they screened potential employees on LinkedIn.
But Facebook was not far behind with 46% of the employers surveyed admitting they checked their Facebook account, with 28%...

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