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  • 8 April 2016

    The effect of commission on holiday pay

    Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (WTD) gives workers the right to be paid during their annual leave. Unfortunately, it does not then specify how holiday pay should be calculated. In British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the position taken in Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton: The Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in line with the WTD, so as to include results-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks' annual leave. Read more

  • 15 March 2016

    Cutting family ties: The truth about disinheritance

    We are often asked to prepare Wills by clients who do not wish their children to benefit from their death. This can be for a variety of reasons but it is usually because they have either fallen out, or have been estranged for some time. Read more

  • 11 March 2016

    Deeds of variation: ripe for abolition?

    We consider the importance and purpose of deeds of variation. Read more

  • 23 February 2016

    Recent case highlights co-habitation considerations

    Increasingly more couples are living together without formalising their relationship and many people do not realise that there is no such thing as "common law marriage" in England and Wales. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    What Now For Workplace Privacy?

    Recently there has been a lot of press attention about the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barbulescu v Romania. Some sensationalist commentators have been quick to decry the death of privacy for employees. Others have said that the judgment does little to change the current law. But what does this judgment actually mean? Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Sickness Absence Policies: Making Reasonable Adjustments

    In Griffiths v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265, the Court of Appeal has held that the threshold for sanctions under a sickness absence policy can be subject to the duty to make reasonable adjustments, but considered what adjustments would be seen as "reasonable" in the circumstances. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Legislation update

    In this month's legislation update, we review two important pieces of legislation affecting employers and which will come into force in early 2016. Read more

  • 26 January 2016

    Are you affected by the Form E divorce fault?

    Back in December 2015 it was announced that the Form E provided on the Ministry of Justice website between April 2014 and December 2015 contained a faulty calculation. This resulted in automatic fields within the form calculating the incorrect total for an individual's net assets, as it failed to deduct certain liabilities. Read more

  • 19 November 2015

    Divorce on the rise for over 60s

    According to recent figures published by the Office of National Statistics, divorce amongst couples aged 60 and over in England and Wales has risen considerably. Read more

  • 6 November 2015

    Sound the alarm!

    Following on from a previous article detailing Landlord's responsibilities in connection with health and safety, with effect from 1st October 2015, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015 are in force. Read more