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You’re Having a Baby?!

Posted by on February 19th 2018 in Employment

You’re Having a Baby?!

I don’t know if it is the time of year, or whether, as the commentators seem to be suggesting, discrimination towards women has increased in recent times, but on Friday I read an article quoting research from a well known and reputable insurance company suggesting that 14% of small businesses won’t employ women as they are “frightened” of discrimination claims, and today the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published research around pregnancy and maternity that makes stark reading.

Today’s research from the EHRC quotes the following in its press release:

“British employers are ‘living in the dark ages’ and have worrying...

Ashburton Legal Surgery

Posted by on February 15th 2018 in Blog Posts

Kitsons Solicitors offer a free monthly half hour legal surgery for the residents of Ashburton on Wills, Estate and Tax planning issues / Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

However, the two most important areas we come across on a daily basis are Wills and Powers of Attorney.

So why should you make a Will?

Your wishes – it is your opportunity to set out how you want your assets to be distributed when you die and whom you want to deal with those assets for you (your Executors).

Tax planning – your Will...

Kitsons Employment Law Updates

Posted by on February 9th 2018 in Employment Newsletters

The Kitsons Employment Law Update is designed to ensure you are up-to-date with the most significant and interesting developments in the world of Employment Law. Our Employment Team highlights relevant developments and cases of interest in a format that is easy to read on a regular basis.

January 2018

We look at topics such as; discrimination, culture , equal pay in the workplace and more.

Click below to read the full edition.

 

December 2017

We look at...

Tesco Facing Britain's Largest Ever Equal Pay Claim

Posted by on February 8th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Hundreds of women who work in Tesco supermarkets across the UK could receive back pay totalling £20,000 if a legal challenge demanding equal pay with men who work in the company’s warehouse succeeds.

According to legal representatives instructed in the case, hourly paid female store staff earn less than men employed in the supermarket’s warehouses, even though the value of the work between the two is comparable.

Reports suggest that over 1,000 members of Tesco staff have contacted lawyers, with first steps being taken for at least 100 of them. Initial claims have been submitted...

How do Employers Reduce their Risk of a Tribunal Claim?

Posted by on February 7th 2018 in Employment

How do Employers Reduce their Risk of a Tribunal Claim?

Steps to avoid a Tribunal… (reducing the risk, we cannot eliminate it!)

With the removal of Tribunal fees, the courts are reporting a three fold increase in Employment Tribunal claims coming through. These are set to increase. So how do employers reduce their risk of a Tribunal claim?

Employ People through effective processes

Have you reviewed your recruitment and selection practices. Do you know what the value set of the company is so that you can match that to the value set of the potential employee? Have you got effective questioning techniques? Do you use a comprehensive selection process or expect to get...

Modernisation of the Wills Legislation

Posted by on February 6th 2018 in Private Client

Modernisation of the Wills Legislation

The Law of Wills - What Can We Expect To Change?

On 13 July 2017, the Law Commission launched a public consultation on reforming the law of wills. The consultation assessed how the existing legislation passed in 1837 could be updated to reflect the changes that have taken place in society over the last 180 years. The consultation period closed on 10 November 2017 and the Law Commission are now analysing the responses they have received.

The Law Society welcomed the consultation stating it is a “step towards updating our will-making laws to keep them fit for purpose in the...

Resilience & Change Support for Schools

Posted by on January 29th 2018 in Kitsons News

In a world that is described as Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous do you believe your team is resilient enough to manage through anticipated changes?

We have been delivering a learning event for public sector workers recently in order to assist individuals and managers to understand the issues around both individual and organisational resilience in relation to change. We think this session could be useful to your team, and we would like to come and talk to you about it.

We believe this is learning that may be particularly pertinent for schools at a time when change is happening across education....

What is Strategic HR Support?

Posted by on January 26th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

What is Strategic HR Support?

I (Carolyn Giles) joined the employment team in 2014 as an HR consultant. Since that time, when I was delivering a very wide range of employment services including day to day advice, training, consultations etc, my role in the team has been refined. 

Strategic Human Resources sits within the HR profession, governed and guided through the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. I am a Fellow of the institute.

Many refer to HR as the 'dark art', it is certainly more art than science, so hopefully this will tell you a little about what I do in a practical sense. 

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Brothers at Arms: Stay-at-Home Sibling Claims for Greater Share of Mother's Estate

Posted by on January 26th 2018 in Blog Posts, Contentious Probate

Brothers at Arms: Stay-at-Home Sibling Claims for Greater Share of Mother's Estate

It is a very rare probate dispute that starts with a Will which divides an estate equally between the children, but this is what has happened in the estate of widow Rachel Heath in a case which reached the High Court in London this week.

Mrs Heath passed away in October 2015, aged 93, leaving a Will made in 1971 which divides her estate equally between her sons Jeremy (65), Timothy (62) and Dominic (53), who were also appointed jointly as executors.  The estate is worth an estimated at £1.8 million, including the family home; a Grade II listed London town...

Employment Appeal Tribunal: 'Discrimination Due to a Perceived Disability is Unlawful'

Posted by on January 23rd 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Employment Appeal Tribunal: 'Discrimination Due to a Perceived Disability is Unlawful'

Following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, direct discrimination as a result of a perceived disability has always been considered a possibility, albeit there had been no case law to give guidance to employers.  

However, the EAT have now confirmed that it is indeed possible for an employer to discriminate against an employee purely because of a perception that they are disabled, even if they do not fall within the statutory definition of a disabled individual.

The dispute in question concerned a police officer who had experienced some hearing loss, although it was highlighted that it was not significant...

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