Defining the role of an au pair, should in theory be relatively easy. Au Pairs are usually individuals from another EU Country, who come to help with either the housework or childcare duties for a family, working between 25 to 30 hours a week in exchange for a live-in room and board, as well as “pocket money”.
The recent case regarding an unmarried mother of four’s right to receive this allowance has highlighted the difference in the rights of cohabiting, unmarried couples compared to those of couples who are married or in a civil partnership.
Employers can dismiss people, however as the case in thisarticle shows, the employer must have strong evidence and reason before dismissing an employee, but how can you check if your dismissal was unfair?
Domestic abuse may take place behind closed doors, but it has far reaching consequences and is known to have a detrimental impact on the working lives of those living in such circumstances. The scale of the problem is huge. In the UK, in any one year, more than one in five victims of domestic violence take time off work because of abuse and two per cent lose their jobs as a direct result of the abuse.
Employment tribunal claims spike whilst refunds remain unpaid.
One year on from the Supreme Court ruling to scrap employment tribunal fees, the number of people considering bringing an employment issue to tribunal has risen by 30%, whilst 80% of tribunal fee refunds remain unpaid.
Following two European harassment cases that resulted in compensation being awarded, what constitutes as harassment in the work place?
A recent announcement means that judges will no longer have to be consulted to withdraw the treatment of a minimally conscious patient if both the patients’ family and the patient’s medical professionals are all in agreement. This decision has been a long time coming with people both for and against the decision.
All workers are entitled to take holiday and must be paid the same amount of pay whilst on holiday as they usually would, had they been at work. Holiday pay must include overtime, bonuses and commission if they usually make up part of someone’s normal weekly pay.
The government has published a whitepaper, entitled “the Future Relationship Between the UK and the European Union”, in which it is proposed that there be no regression in the UK’s employment laws following its exit from the European Union.
An ‘Incapacity Crisis’ alert has recently been sounded by the organisation ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’ (SFE) after they published the findings of a study commissioned to research the gap between the volume of people suffering with mental incapacity and the number of people who have created a Lasting Power of Attorney.
The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for the end of this week with temperatures set to reach as high as 34 degrees celsius in some parts of the country. Unfortunately for those seeking a day off work because of the heat, there are no laws in the UK about when it is too hot to work.
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.