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Stress in the Workplace

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Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, recently described work-related stress as “a growing epidemic”. Why? Because according to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive...

Digital Badge

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recommends that all solicitors display a digital verification badge on their website. This badge shows online visitors that we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation...
Government Consultation to extend Maternity Rights The Government has launched a consultation following the report of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in 2016 and the Taylor Review of Modern...

A home fit for a … human?

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New law requires landlords to ensure homes “fit for human habitation”   The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) becomes law on 20th March 2019 and requires...
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an earlier ruling by the Central London Employment Tribunal that three Addison Lee drivers are “workers” rather than self-employed contractors. The EAT agreed with...

Bad apples and Data Protection

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The High Court recently found Morrisons to be vicariously liable for the actions of their rogue employee. Do you have cybercrime insurance in place if the worst should happen? Last...

Dismissed because of Vegan beliefs?

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Veganism is rising significantly, but how can this affect employers? A current case could be a landmark ruling in what constitutes a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010. Statistics...

Crane & Staples annual round up

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We are nearing the end of an exciting year for Crane & Staples, as we wrap up our eightieth birthday celebrations and prepare for the festive season. In November, we...
The Law Commission has proposed a number of changes for leaseholders who wish to purchase the freehold interest of their property or extend their leases. The reforms are under consultation...
We are delighted to announce that our Commercial and Property teams have been listed in the prestigious Legal 500 guide for the first time ever, and on first application. The...
I had the privilege of attending the Hertfordshire High Sheriff’s Justice Service on 18 November, representing the Hertfordshire Law Society as its President (I’m front row, third from the right)....
CIPD research has found that less than one in three organisations train line managers to support staff who have poor mental health.  They have collaborated with MIND to publish a...

Data takeaway – GDPR 100 days on

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With GDPR, the focus of businesses is always upon malicious outsiders seeking to cause damage.  However, what about malicious insiders?  Or merely naïve employees who don’t understand the harm in...

Who would be a referee?

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All employers, at some point, will have received a reference from other businesses asking them to provide a reference on former employees.  Do you have to respond and, if you...
Making lasting powers of attorney makes good sense and are extremely useful.  They enable you to appoint those you trust to make decisions regarding your care and finances when you...
From 6 April 2018 all payments paid to an employee in lieu of notice as earnings will be subject to income tax and Class 1 national insurance contributions. Are there...

The Pendulum Swings Again

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Things are hotting up again in Employment Law.  Since the turn of the year, we have noticed an increase in the number of claims being brought by employees against their...
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