Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay takes a step closer

In October 2017, we outlined the proposed right for recently bereaved parents to take two weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave following the loss of a child under 18.  The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has just received Royal Assent and the law is now expected to come into force in April 2020. The Government will […]

Employment Tribunal Claims up 90% since fees were abolished

It comes as no surprise that statistics recently published by the Ministry of Justice have shown a large increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims against employers. Although statistics are published on a quarterly basis, the figures for October – December 2017 are of particular significance as they relate to the first full quarter […]

New Compensation Limits for Employment Tribunal Claims

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 has been announced and increases the employment tribunal compensation limits that can be awarded in unfair dismissal claims.  The new limits will take effect from 6th April 2018 and mean that a finding of unfair dismissal could cost employers more. About Employment Tribunal Compensation Limits Employment tribunal […]

UK National Minimum Wage Rates for 2018

The UK National Minimum Wage rates for 2018 have now been confirmed, and effective from 1st April 2018 workers aged 25 and over will see their hourly rate increase to £7.83 (up 33p from £7.50). National Minimum Wage Rates will be as follows: Workers aged 25 and over – £7.83 (up from £7.50) Workers aged […]

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force for all UK businesses. GDPR places a new expectation on your business to build data protection into your processes by “design and default” rather than as an afterthought and there are enhanced fines for data breaches as a result. […]

Announcing our Charity of the Year 2018

Backhouse Solicitors is proud to officially announce Look Essex as our 2018 Charity of the Year. Look Essex is a voluntary organisation dedicated to raising awareness and providing information and support to children and young people with visual impairment, their carers and their families across Essex. We are particularly excited about this partnership and look […]