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Information On The Parental Bereavement Bill

In the tragic event that an employee has a child that dies under the age of 18 the they will be entitled to leave from work for a period of time when a new Bill is launched. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill has now been presented to Parliament, and this Bill provides a right for all employed parents to be absent from work for two weeks following the death of a child that was under 18 years of age.
Paid Statutory Flat Rate Pay Those parents who have at least 26 weeks continuous service will also be entitled to receive...

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Don`t Discriminate When It Comes To Pregnancy & Maternity

There has been a rather disturbing survey shared by the Equality and Human Rights Commission recently which portrays many employers as still living in the 1970`s. The survey of more than 1,100 private sector employers revealed that over a third of these employers thought it reasonable to ask female candidates during the interview process whether they were planning to have children and 60% thought that they should disclose that they were pregnant to them if that were the case.
Equality Act 2010 Protects Pregnant Women Against Discrimination Every employer and company should know by now that pregnancy and maternity is...

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Can A Pre-Cancerous Condition Be Classed As A Disability

When the Equality Act was introduced in 2010 it deemed that `cancer, HIV infection and multiple sclerosis are each a disability`. This meant that from then on anyone who was suffering from one of these conditions were automatically considered to have a disability.
A State Of Disordered Morphology As well as getting cancer, people can also suffer from pre-cancerous conditions of course. These are...

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Will Personal Injury Reforms Hinder Access To Justice For Some?

The Justice Committee have raised concerns that the proposed small claims limits for personal injury could in fact hinder access to justice for some people. It has been proposed that the personal injury small claims limit should be increased from £1,000 to £2,000 and to £5,000 for personal injury claims related to road traffic accidents.
Claimants With No Legal Representation The proposed new limits could end up with many claimants unable to get legal representation for...

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Disabled Employee Wins Claim For Disability Discrimination Against DWP

A disabled employee has recently been successful in claiming disability discrimination against the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) after he was branded a "whinger" by one of the DWP`s managers in an email sent to his line manager. The employee was awarded a total of £26,000 by the tribunal.
Moved To A Front Line Position Barrie Caulcutt was a DWP employee who suffered from a variety of problems including chronic...

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Do You Need Help Ensuring Your Business Is Compliant When GDPR Is Introduced?

On May 25th the much trumpeted General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short comes into effect, and all businesses will have to comply with the new regulations or face penalties. If you require any help with this as a matter of urgency, or you are having an issue with any other employment law related issue, at GCS Solicitors we have experienced Employment Law Solicitors ready to help and advise.
Written Record Of Processing Activities When GDPR is launched in just two weeks time all businesses will be required to maintain...

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People Can Now Apply For A Divorce Online In England & Wales

After a pilot scheme proved successful the opportunity to apply for a divorce from the comfort of their living rooms online is set to be rolled out to all of England and Wales. The law wants to make the whole divorce process easier for individuals to negotiate and the fact that people will be able to apply for a divorce digitally will mean that thousands of hours of court time will be freed up.
Speeding Up The Divorce Process Justice Minister Lucy Fraser is quoted in the Law Gazette as saying: 'Allowing divorce applications to...

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Personal Injury Claims For Road Traffic Accidents Fall To 9 Year Low

Figures released by the government show that personal injury claims for road traffic accidents have fallen to their lowest level for 9 years. In 2017/18 there were just over 650,000 personal injury claims relating to vehicle related accidents, which is 21% down on 5 years ago.
Whiplash Reforms Could Further Reduce Claims This figure is likely to further decline now that the government are proposing so called...

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How To Deal With An Employee Who Has Lied On Their CV

Consider this scenario. You are an employer who has taken on a new member of staff after an interview and they seem to have all the right credentials for the job in hand. However you soon find that the new employee has lied on their CV, something that research has found has been on the increase for a number of years with educational qualifications and employment history often embellished. How do you handle such a situation?
Check The Employment Contract Firstly you have to realise that once you have taken them on as a new member of...

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Belfast Man In Legal Action Against EasyJet After 60 Hour Delay

A disabled Belfast man, John McMaster, is launching legal proceedings against budget airline EasyJet after he was delayed for 60 hours on his way back to the city of Belfast from Bristol. He was due to fly out in the morning but was then told by the airline that due to the weather the flight would be delayed. The next available flight turned out to be 60 hours later so he had to cope on his own for the whole of this time.
Little Medication Or Money John suffers from ankylosing spondylitis which is a form of arthritis, and speaking to the Belfast Telegraph...

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You Can Claim For Symptomless Injuries Rules The Supreme Court

In a ruling which has overturned decisions from both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court has judged that an asymptomatic physiological change caused by an employer's negligence can constitute an actionable personal injury. This ruling was made in a case where workers were negligently exposed to platinum salts by their employer which in turn led them to developing a platinum salt sensitivity.
An Asymptomatic Condition Platinum salt sensitivity is an asymptomatic condition, however it can lead to developing an allergy if they get...

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Supreme Court Overrules Court Of Appeal Judgement Over Personal Injury Claims

The Supreme Court has now overturned a Court of Appeal judgement which had previously ruled that an insurer could go behind personal injury solicitors backs and settle directly with claimants. The particular case concerned Gavin Edmondson Solicitors v Haven Insurance with the judges ruling that the solicitors clients had a contractual duty to pay their charges to them.
Conditional Fee Agreements With A Solicitor After six victims of road traffic accidents who were insured by Haven Insurance entered into...

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Dealing With An Employee After A Drink Driving Offence

Drink driving offences are an issue which is very much in the news at this present moment in time after Ant McPartlin, one half of Ant and Dec, was charged with a drink driving offence after being found twice over the legal limit. He received a large fine for the offence and a driving ban, and after talks with his bosses at ITV they decided to give him an extended break from work whilst he goes into rehab and gets treatment.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty There are approximately 85,000 drink driving convictions every year here in the UK and if you were...

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Don`t Break NMW Regulations With Staff Uniform Policies

It was recorded in March 2018 that nearly 180 employers had broken national minimum wage (NMW) regulations and a lot of them had done so due to their policies on staff uniforms. Even some of the larger companies like TGI Friday and Karen Millen have breached these laws due to their policies so it is worth taking a look at where they have gone wrong.
The Law On Staff Uniforms The law on staff uniforms is that generally an employer can ask an employee to wear...

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Should Cyclists & Motorcyclists Be Exempt From Personal Injury Reforms?

Reforms are soon to be introduced regarding personal injury claims, including whiplash claims, but there has been a motion in Parliament to exempt cyclists and motorcyclists from some of the new reforms, in view of their vulnerability to accidents and injury when they are out on the road.
The Civil Liability Bill These new personal injury reforms which are to be introduced, which will be made up of the...

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Complying With GDPR When It Is Introduced

GDPR, which stands for the new General Data Protection Regulation, will come into force on May 25th of this year, and it is vital that all businesses are compliant with this. Companies will have to give their employees more detailed information regarding the data they hold on them and how this data is processed.
Data Protection Act 1998 To Be Abolished On May 25th the Data Protection Act 1998 will be abolished and will be...

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Best Practices For A Disciplinary Hearing

Here are some tips on best practices for holding a disciplinary hearing at work. The most important person in a disciplinary hearing is the chairperson so it is essential this is a neutral person who will chair the hearing fairly and reasonably, so choose this person carefully.
Listening Carefully To Both Sides The chairperson is responsible for the management of the hearing and they must listen carefully to...

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UK Firms Face Large Fines For Missing Gender Pay Gap Reporting Deadline

It is believed that around 1,500 UK firms missed the deadline which was on April 4th to report their gender pay gap, they could now face penalties along with being named and shamed. They will be given a further 28 days to send through the information on gender pay gaps at their company and if they do not respond by then they face possible court action and fines.
This Affects Companies With Over 250 Employees All British companies and organisations who have 250 or more employees were told to...

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Asking Over A Candidates Mental Health At An Interview

If you are an employer you may wonder whether you can broach the subject of mental health during the interview process? The subject of mental health has been pushed to the forefront over the last year or two as there has been a greater appreciation of both how many people suffer from mental health conditions and how it can affect them. Recent research found that around 25% of employees suffer from a mental health condition every year, and of course this leads to millions of lost days through sickness during the course of 12 months.
Duty To Make Reasonable Adjustments Firstly it has to be noted that the Equality Act 2010 states that an employer must...

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Dismissed From Work When Pregnant

Here is an interesting scenario which is something that will certainly occur from time to time. Suppose you are an employer and you decide that you have good cause to dismiss a female employee and so do so. Not long after you realise that the female employee you dismissed was pregnant. Does the fact that she is pregnant make her dismissal automatically unfair or have you acted correctly?
A Matter Of Interpretation There is a key phrase which you need to bear in mind which is enshrined in employment...

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