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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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