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Archive for February, 2018

Charity Trustees – Talking to Carolyn Giles

Posted by on February 28th 2018 in Blog Posts

Charity Trustees – Talking to Carolyn Giles

Carolyn Giles is a Strategic HR Consultant with over 20 years experience across a range of sectors, including Charities, GP Practices, hospitality and social enterprises.  

Carolyn specialises in conducting HR investigations, some of which have been  within the Third Sector. Third Sector organisations benefit from Carolyn’s experience, as it means the impartiality of any investigation conducted cannot be called into question. Charities are under a high level of scrutiny from the public and government alike, so any decisions made need to be clearly evidenced and supported.

A big issue that Carolyn has seen emerging within the Third Sector is the lack...

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...

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...