Lasting Powers Of Attorney are gaining in popularity

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) are slowly becoming more popular in the UK, but there is still a long way to go.  Figures for the year to April 2018 show a record-breaking figure of 759,976 applications for LPAs.  This is a huge improvement over the […]

UK National Minimum Wage Rates for 2019

The UK National Minimum Wage rates for 2019 have now been introduced together with increases in other statutory rates of pay.  Employers are advised to ensure their payroll systems are updated from 1st April. National Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2019: Workers aged 25 and over – £8.21 (up from £7.83) Workers aged 21 to […]

Review of the Legal Changes to Confidentiality Clauses

In some recent high profile cases involving harassment and discrimination it appears that confidentiality clauses may have been used to silence potential victims.  The Government has now issued a consultation document seeking views on how this might be prevented in future. What is a Confidentiality Clause? Confidentiality clauses have a well-established place in employment law. […]

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC provides information about a property’s typical energy use and costs. It also includes recommendations on how to make the property more energy efficient, to reduce energy usage and save money. It gives a rating a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 […]

Asda Equal Pay Claims – Latest Court of Appeal ruling

The Court of Appeal has issued its decision in the long running case of Asda Stores vs Brierley, where female Asda checkout staff have brought an equal pay claim arguing that their customer facing role is being undervalued compared to warehouse worker colleagues. In 2017 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that supermarket staff working […]

The Cost of Death Certificates nearly triples

The General Register Office (GRO) have introduced large increases in the cost of copies of birth, marriage and death records from 16th February 2019. Families registering a death will now be charged nearly triple the amount following the price increase.  Death certificates have risen from £4 each to £11 for each certificate (or £22 if […]

Government consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

The Government has announced a proposal to extend redundancy protection for women and new parents.  A consultation paper has been published following recommendations made by the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices in 2017. Currently, under regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999, before making a woman on maternity leave redundant, […]