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  • Tuesday 9th April 2019

    A step closer to no fault divorces

    The justice secretary David Gauke announced (8 February) that no-fault divorces are to become law in the UK. This follows a consultation which took place in 2018 on reforming the law, and there was widespread support for changes to be made, to help make divorce less confrontational and ...

  • Tuesday 9th April 2019

    Later life divorce and retirement planning

    The divorce rate amongst older couples is rising here in the UK. According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, divorce has increased by more than 20% in the over 60’s in the last decade. It is therefore essential that separating couples think about retirement and how they will ...

  • Friday 29th March 2019

    Gullands takes part in charity clay shoot

    Gullands were delighted to field two teams who took part in a charity clay shoot which has helped raise £3,801 for The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and a £500 donation to Hospice in the Weald. The event took place at the West Kent Shooting School, Tonbridge on Friday ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Suspending an Employee: An Update

    Employers became concerned when the High Court allowed the appeal of an employee with regard to the issue of suspension. As reported back in our January 2018 Brief, the case that was decided then made it clear that employers should be very careful before automatically imposing a period of ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Workers - Employees or Independent Contractors?

    The issues surrounding the definitions between these different categories of people continue to roll in. Most recently, the National Gallery has been the subject of their art experts claiming that they were workers. An employment judge has held that the art experts who worked as educators for the ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Possible Changes to Non-Disclosure Agreements

    There cannot be many employers out there who have not now heard of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). NDAs are a type of confidentiality clause normally used in settlement agreements to prevent publication of sensitive information. The reason they have become so contentious as with many things is ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Guidance on Gender Pay Gap

    In February the Government Equalities Office published two sets of guidance for employers entitled “8 Ways to Understand Your Gender Pay Gap” and “4 Steps to Developing a Gender Pay Gap Action Plan”. These guides are aimed at helping employers close any gender pay gaps that ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Flexible Working and Work Life Balance

    We have had a lot of feedback from last month’s article on managing stress and how to balance this with the need for businesses to provide goods or services outside the traditional working hours model. Previously the issue of flexible working was only ever discussed by those returning from ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    News in brief - April 2019

    Overworking TUC analysis has revealed UK workers did over £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime in 2018. The 5 million workers who did this time have in effect worked the first two months of the year for free. Top of the list for those who did in excess of their hours were teachers and ...

  • Thursday 28th March 2019

    Are new Directors aware of their duties?

    Many young businesses are more relaxed in their approach to business life, but how many directors of such businesses fully understand the need to accurately record and minute decision making at a board level and the future consequences if they don’t? Company directors need to be fully ...

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