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No Fault Divorce Bill delayed until April 2022

Ministers announced on 7th June 2021 that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame (“no fault” divorce), will come into force on 6th April 2022. The bill was originally due to come into force in October 2021 [...]

By |2021-11-10T15:17:23+00:00June 21st, 2021|

Breathing Space Notices prevent debt recovery action by creditors

The Government is introducing a new kind of relief for people suffering from problem debts.  The new “Breathing Space” legislation which comes into force from 4 May 2021 allows either debt advice providers authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority or local authorities who give debt advice [...]

By |2021-05-05T09:08:57+01:00April 30th, 2021|

Compensation limits in the Employment Tribunal increase on 6 April 2021

Compensation limits for redundancy and unfair dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal are usually reviewed annually and increased in line with inflation. The next increase will take place on 6th April 2021. This will mean that redundancies become more expensive for employers and unfair dismissal claims [...]

By |2021-04-22T14:52:25+01:00March 5th, 2021|

Government to introduce Leasehold Reforms

The UK Government has long faced calls to reform leasehold laws. The increasingly common cases of spiralling ground rents, high service charges and other onerous lease terms prompted a consultation process by the Law Commission that started in 2017 and ended with a final report in [...]

By |2021-04-22T14:47:44+01:00February 15th, 2021|

UPDATE: Important changes to the Government Furlough Scheme

The Government has published their updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Whilst the majority of the scheme remains the same as when the furlough scheme was first announced, there are some important changes to the scheme as follows: Any eligible employee can be [...]

By |2021-01-26T09:40:56+00:00November 11th, 2020|

COVID Lockdown Rules and Support for Businesses – November 2020

With England entering a second lockdown on Thursday 5 November, the Government have again revised the financial measures intended to support businesses. With the position constantly changing over the past few days and weeks, we think now is a good time to summarise the current position [...]

By |2021-01-26T09:42:00+00:00November 9th, 2020|

Covid-19: Can employers force employees back to work?

Unless working from home forms part of an employee’s contract, an employer is able to tell an employee to return to their normal place of work. However, the employer should ensure that all the relevant Covid-19 risk assessments have been carried out and special measures are [...]

By |2020-09-23T12:42:14+01:00September 23rd, 2020|
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