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  • Thursday 10th July 2014

    Changes to Child Maintenance

    The Child Support Agency, (CSA), is closing down and will be replaced with the Child Maintenance Service, (CMS). The CMS will use information directly from HMRC to assess the income of the paying parent. Once the rate has been calculated the CMS will then check their records every year ...

  • Monday 30th June 2014

    New Flexible Working procedures Coming into force from 30 June 2014

    The right to request flexible working is being extended to all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service, except agency workers unless they are returning from parental leave. Employees may make a written request to change their hours of work, the times or place that they work. Employees may ...

  • Monday 30th June 2014

    WHY HAVING RESERVISTS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

    On 13th May the Army Engagement group hosted a series of presentations at Oakwood House addressing this very question. Current plans to restructure the army involve reducing the regular Army size and relying more on the Army Reservists (formerly known as the TA). The Government is ...

  • Monday 30th June 2014

    Confidentiality during employment and after termination

    In what appears to be one of the few times that a judge has felt justified in allowing the inspection and imaging of employees’ computers, the High Court has ordered that an employer may instruct an independent computer expert to inspect and take images from the personal computers of two ...

  • Monday 30th June 2014

    Constructive Dismissal and Notice

    Constructive dismissal claims are risky for employees at the best of times. Aside from proving that the employer breached the employment contract and that the breach was sufficiently serious, the timing of the resignation is also key and they will need to show that they resigned in response ...

  • Monday 30th June 2014

    Is Obesity a disability?

    Recent press coverage has returned to this debate, which is not a new issue for employers. There have already been cases involving employees being unable to fit in uniforms and being able to drive due to issues of size Under the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability for discrimination ...

  • Thursday 26th June 2014

    Update: Zero hours contracts

    The Government has now responded to its consultation on the use of zero hours contracts. Whilst accepting in part the usefulness of the flexibility that these contracts can give both employer and employee, the Government proposes to ban the use of exclusivity clauses which prevent the employee from ...

  • Monday 9th June 2014

    Holiday Contact

    As the summer holidays approach, I am likely to see an increase in approaches from existing and new clients about how to resolve issues over holiday contact arrangements for children. In April this year, a significant change took place with regard to the way that disputes over children issues are ...

  • Tuesday 27th May 2014

    Disco dancing against Cancer

    Come and dance the night away at the Hilton Hotel Maidstone on Friday 18th July from 7.30pm to 1am to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. The perfect opportunity to relive your school days, ‘Once Upon a Time: Dance the Night Away’, with Spectrum Disco, will feature music from the ...

  • Wednesday 14th May 2014

    The history of Maidstone?s stag

    The statue once described as “a dramatic, rampant stag, rearing up on its hind legs, full of masculine raw energy” is well-known by all Maidstone residents and locals, but less well known is where it came from. The Stag was sculptor Edward Bainbridge Copnall’s largest piece of ...

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