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Consultation on mandatory vaccination for health and care staff

Reggie Lloyd
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A six-week consultation was launched by the Government on 9 September to seek views on its plans for staff in health and care settings in England to be required to have COVID-19 and flu vaccines to protect vulnerable people. They will then decide...

Employers: responding to a Subject Access Request?

Reggie Lloyd
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When Tribunal proceedings are contemplated, employees will often make a Subject Access Request (SAR) to their employer.  This is a well-used tactic to obtain early disclosure of documents that might be used at the Tribunal hearing. When the claim gets...

End of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Sarah Shah
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Along with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it has been announced that the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will end on 30 September 2021. Introduced in May 2020, the scheme enables small and medium sized businesses to...

Housing Needs and Divorce

Karen Johnson
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The question of, where a divorcing couple and their children may live following separation and divorce is often one of the most pressing and worrisome issues facing a couple. Accommodation is a basic necessity and yet the family home is often so much more...

Court fees to increase

Karen Johnson
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31 August 2021 saw the government publish its response to a consultation process into court fees and proposed increases.  A majority of respondents to the consultation opposed such a move, considering now was not the right time due to the impact that...

Can an employer require employees to be vaccinated?

Reggie Lloyd
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From 11 November 2021, regulated care homes will be able to legally require workers to be vaccinated, although there is a suggestion that that legislation is unlawful.  The question is whether other industries can require their employees to be...

Licence to gift! Daniel Craig will not be gifting his estate

Leah Woodnott
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Daniel Craig has recently made the news, as he has commented again that his children will not inherit his £117 million estate when he passes away. His philosophy is “get rid of it, or give it away before you go”. Daniel, along with many...

200 years - August Random Acts

Jennie Skingsley
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We are continuing our 200-year anniversary celebrations with random acts of kindness in the local community and a look back at our history. Random acts of kindness This month we made a donation to Headway Essex that was used towards...

Adjusted Right to Work checks extended

Rianna Billington
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Right to work checks were due to revert back to normal at the end of August 2021. However, the government has just announced a further extension to the end date. Adjusted right to work checks will now remain until 5 April 2022 inclusive . As a reminder,...

Should furlough be an alternative to redundancy?

Sarah Shah
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The Employment Tribunal has reached different decisions in two recent cases, both concerning the fairness of the employer’s decision to dismiss on the grounds of redundancy rather than furlough the employee. In Mhindurwa v Loving Angels the employee...

Nando's - what does this mean for employees?

Hannah Maxwell
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Nando’s is the latest well-known high-street group to be affected by what is being referred to as the “pingdemic” this summer.  Disruption within the UK supply chain has led to a shortage of Nando’s famous Peri Peri Chicken,...

Duty to make reasonable adjustments - pay

Helena  Oxley
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Considering whether protecting pay permanently is a reasonable adjustment, when an individual can no longer do their job due to disability, is complicated, to say the least. A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case, Aleem v E-Act Academy , provides...

How to record a financial agreement in divorce

Shelley Cumbers
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If your marriage has broken down and you reach an amicable agreement with your ex-spouse in relation to the financial matters arising from your separation, it is important you ensure the agreement is properly recorded.  This will help to avoid any...

Litigation misconduct: costs in family cases

Melanie Loxley
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There is a general rule in family law that each party bears their own costs.  As with most rules however, there are exceptions! One such exception is litigation misconduct. If it is found by the court that a party has been guilty of litigation...

Self-isolation rules changed for those fully vaccinated

Rianna Billington
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On 16 August 2021, the rules on self-isolation for fully vaccinated individuals changed. This means, if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and you have been fully vaccinated (or are aged under 18 years and 6...

What happens if I'm divorced overseas?

Philip Hoddell
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As global communications shrink the world ever faster, there is no guarantee that a married couple will necessarily both live in the same country following separation. So, what happens when one of them starts divorce proceedings in a different...

COVID-19 vaccines for children: when parents disagree

Claudia Hubert
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With the announcement that the COVID-19 vaccination is being rolled out to children as young as 12, separated parents may face difficulties in deciding whether their child will be vaccinated. This week, the BBC has reported that 370,000 children are...

2021 Domestic Abuse Update

Karen Johnson
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2021 has seen the government continue to make significant changes within the legal landscape involving family law and particularly Domestic Abuse.  To date, domestic abuse has been largely treated in a piecemeal fashion which, at least in part,...

Government's plan to modernise lasting powers of attorney

Leah Woodnott
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The government has recently announced that they are looking to make changes to the ways lasting powers of attorney are created.  What are lasting powers of attorney? Lasting powers of attorney, or LPAs, are legal documents that allow you, as the...

Britney files for father to be replaced as conservator

Lisa Cox
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As an update to my previous blog about Britney Spears’ conservatorship which can be found here (Britney Spears conservatorship and how this works in England (birkettlong.co.uk) , Britney’s lawyer has officially filed for her father to be...

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