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Poor dental care causes misery

23rd January 2014

 A patient has successfully sued a Knowsley dental practice for £22,000 in compensation after she received poor dental care which led to chronic gum disease and eventual removal of teeth.

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Dentist fails hygiene standards

23rd January 2014

 A Dentist from the West Country has been severely criticised for her failure to maintain adequate hygiene standards at her Somerset practice. 

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Know your rights- flexible working.

22nd January 2014

 Our economy is seeing a growth in flexible working and the Government is hoping to extend employees rights to request flexible working to all staff.  

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Equality Act ‘employee’ clearly defined for the first time.

22nd January 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that a staff member supplied through a service company cannot claim discrimination.

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Fine increases announced for firms paying less than minimum wage.

22nd January 2014

New legislation is due to come into effect in February 2014 which will introduce an increased fine on employers for each employee paid less than the minimum wage.

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LOOKING AHEAD: Important Dates for employers

21st January 2014
  1. 31st January 2014
    • Changes to TUPE 2006 are planned to come into force.
  2. 6th April 2014
    • Discrimination questionnaires to be abolished.
    • Mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation will be introduced under ERRA 2013.
    • Financial penalties for losing employers to be imposed by tribunals.
    • The right to request flexible working will be brought in under the Children and Families Bill 2012-13 for all employees with more than 26 weeks service.
    • Abolition of Statutory Sick Pay record-keeping in favour of giving employers the discretion to use a system which suits them.
  3. Spring 2014
    • New approach to sickness absence management introduced.
  4. Expected 2014
    • Regulations giving tribunals the power to order an employer carry out an equal pay audit.
    • The government’s response to the annual leave aspects of the Modern Workplaces consultation is expected.
  5. Autumn 2015
    • New tax-free childcare scheme introduced.
    • Draft order to outlaw caste discrimination expected.
  6. Expected 2015
    • Introduction of new system of shared parental leave.

Woman with broken leg left without help

20th January 2014

A woman who recently suffered a broken leg has said she is living a ‘nightmare’ after not being offered help at home.

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New divorce packages available

8th January 2014

At the beginning of a new year our thoughts often turn to the future and what we want and need to be happy in 2014.  

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£45 million payout to settle negligence cases for NHS Trusts

6th January 2014

£45 million payout to settle negligence cases for hospitals in Leeds and Wakefield.

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Norovirus causes quarantine in Mid Cheshire Hospital

6th January 2014

An outbreak of Norovirus has caused visiting restrictions at Leighton Hospital following an outbreak.

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