It is common for elderly, disabled or vulnerable individuals to have care packages that require their carers to stay overnight at their home. The thought being that the carer can be called upon immediately should assistance be required throughout the night. Are these carers who are technically ‘on call’ therefore entitled to be paid national minimum wage whilst they sleep?
Who to choose as an Executor in your Will is an important decision. You need to choose ideally 2 or more people who you trust to follow the instructions laid out in your Will (although in some cases you can have only one executor). These people need to be able to deal with disagreements that may arise and, if necessary, they need to be able to find fair solutions to any such problems.
Selling your business, whatever the size, can be a stressful and drawn out process. However, with the correct advice and guidance from a commercial lawyer, the process of selling your business can be made easier. No business sale is ever the same therefore the following information is purely a guide. Outlined below are a few pointers to think about when going through the notions of selling your business.
‘Schools out for summer’ is music to the ears for school children, less so for parents however. The prospect of having six weeks off school is really exciting but for parents, particularly separated ones, it can be a logistical nightmare. Juggling work commitments and child care arrangements can be a balancing act and when there is an ex-partner involved the level of complexity can often increase some more.
Employees are entitled to raise a grievance if they have a concern, problem or complaint at work. It could be the way the way a colleague or manager is treating them, concerns regarding a task they have been instructed to do or being subjected to unreasonable treatment.
Since 2005 same sex couples have been able to form civil partnerships and in 2014 were granted the right to marry. Heterosexual couples can marry but cannot form civil partnerships and there is a call for this to be changed.
This week there has been a momentous breakthrough leading to a possible change, away from marriage. A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of marriage.
An increasingly demanding work culture is creating a work/life imbalance. Gone are the days where working 9 till 5, 5 days a week is the norm. Expectations have evolved; individuals are working longer hours and spending more time working out of the office, at home. Advances in technology mean individuals have greater flexibility towards how, when and where they work.
Are you busy with young children and keep putting off making a Will?
If the answer to this question is yes, then you are not alone. Many parents of young children put off making a Will for years. It is of course expected that we will all live a long life, into retirement, enjoying the company of our children and grandchildren. However, unfortunately this is not always the case.
The Office for National Statistics published a review in 2017 which revealed that the number of unmarried couples living together has more than doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. This makes households of cohabiting couples the second largest family type in the UK, and the fastest growing. If this applies to you, it is important to know exactly what legal rights and entitlements you have.
The nation is at fever pitch with the World Cup in Russia kicking off today. Up and down the country flags are appearing and people are preparing for a month full of football.
But how do you juggle watching all of the games and work? With this year’s World cup being hosted in Russia the different time zones mean some games are kicking off as early as 11am. England’s matches are luckily all evening games or at the weekend, but this doesn’t account for fans supporting a different country.
A LAW firm which has branches across Leicestershire has raised more than £6,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign which asks solicitors to write wills for local people and instead, ask only for a voluntary donation. Lawson-West Solicitors Ltd, which has branches in Leicester on Meridian Business Park, Market Harborough and Wigston have taken part in the annual Will Aid scheme and raised an impressive £6,120 in the month-long fundraiser.
Business partnerships are regulated under a little known law from 1890 – The Partnership Act. Under the Act a ‘partnership’ is formed when two or more people join together in business to share a profit. This does not include LLPs (Limited Liability Partnerships) or Limited Partnerships. This can be established by an oral contract or simply by conduct. It is possible, therefore, to enter into a partnership as defined by this act without meaning to. These inadvertent partnerships are referred to as ‘Partnerships at Will’ and are governed by the Partnership Act 1890.
The gender pay gap has been a discussion point, topic of debate and point of interest for decades. In an attempt to increase awareness and begin processes to address the issue, the UK government has introduced compulsory reporting of the gender pay gap for all businesses and organisations with more than 250 employees, with returns mandatory by the 5th April 2018. The report was based upon a snapshot of earnings for all employees for a given date at the start of April 2017.
A recent discrimination case ruling by an employment tribunal in the UK has overturned the dismissal of, and awarded damages to, a female court worker. This has added an interesting stance to our understanding of workplace discrimination, the Equality Act 2010 and to the growing debate on attitudes towards menopause in the workplace.
There is no law that states that a shareholders’ agreement must be put in place when a business is first formed but there are many reasons why it is advantageous. Nobody can predict whether a business relationship will remain harmonious, everybody hopes it will and, in most instances, they do, but what happens when circumstances do change? At Lawson-West a few of our clients have experienced this, it is never simple to solve, and we want to educate individuals and help to mitigate this risk.