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Our solicitors and lawyers regularly write about different legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. Below you will find links to the latest articles from across the firm. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

NMC approves changes to English language requirements for international nurses and midwives

Elizabeth Groom
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently proposed changes to the requirements for nurses and midwives from outside the UK taking the International Language Test System (IELTS), as part of the NMC’s international registration process. ...

Winter weather - staying safe and warm

Cecilia Frodsham
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As we move into the winter months and the days become colder, it is important that we are prepared for the climate change to ensure that we remain safe and warm.   Often we are just not ready for the cold weather and so here are some top tips: For...

CQC issues guidance to care home providers after a resident dies falling from a window

Laura Hannah
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published guidance on managing the risk of falls from windows in a care home, as the seventh issue of its ‘learning from safety incidents’ resources. In this issue, the CQC describe an incident...

New rules for taxation of termination payments

Adam Pennington
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Since 6 April 2018 employers have been required to pay income tax and class one national insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments, whether or not they are contractual payments. What were the previous tax rules...

CQC prosecute care home provider for failing to monitor a resident with a history of sexual assaults

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted a care home provider in the Magistrates Court for failing in its duty to protect people in its care, exposing them to the risk of sexual abuse. The case concerned an allegation that the care home had...

Trading Standards investigate 'useless' health food supplements

Emily Hill
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The UK food supplements market is flourishing, as sales reached £431 million in 2016, with a predicted total of £457 million by 2021. Almost half of Britain’s population consume vitamins and minerals on a daily basis but health experts...

The re-introduction of employment tribunal fees

Philip Richardson
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Over the past decade employment tribunal fees have been a talking point; not only amongst practitioners who practice employment law but also the individuals who wish to bring claims and businesses who defend them. In 2013, the fees were introduced by...

Hiring Christmas temps? Know their rights

Philip Richardson
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With the festive season upon us, many companies are now looking for workers to ensure that they have sufficient cover for the busy Christmas period. According to the British Retail Consortium, 36% of retailers have plans to increase staffing over...

The unintended aftermath of the office Christmas party

Martha McKinley
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The employment tribunal has long grappled with the issue of whether unwanted or unlawful conduct by an employee outside the physical workplace can lead to a successful claim being brought against an employer. Generally speaking, discriminatory conduct...

Appeal Court finds business rates have been incorrectly charged on ATMs since 2010

Alistair Gregory
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Supermarket, shop and petrol station owners who have previously been charged business rates for having an ATM located on their premises may be eligible for refunds. In 2013 it was decided that external facing ATMs should be treated as separate...

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