The Bank of Family
Research from Legal and General has found that a third of property transactions are being supported by financial gifts from family members. The term you are most likely used to hearing is the “Bank of Mum and Dad”, however in recent times, this has expanded to include other family members such as grandparents, uncles, aunties etcetera.
Buying a New Build? Watch out for the new Building Regulations 2022!
Changes have been made by the Housing & Communities Department for Levelling Up. It is said that the changes ‘mark an important step on our journey towards a cleaner, greener built environment and it supports us in our target to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050’
How to ensure your wishes take effect as intended, both during your lifetime and after death
Having Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney in place and a plan of action and where to find things and who to contact going forwards is the best protection you can give you family for peace of mind.
Employment Law Reform - The Landscape Post Brexit
Last week, the UK government announced what has been hailed as a u-turn in confirming that it was abandoning the sunset provisions in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.
New ACAS guidance on mental health and reasonable adjustments
Guidance published by ACAS last month (April 2023) offers a welcome overview of how employers can support their employees by making adjustments for mental health.
Capital Gains Tax and Divorce: New Rules as of 6 April 2023
As of 6 April 2023, new rules within the Finance Bill 2023 have relaxed the capital gains tax rules upon divorce, dissolution of civil partnership or formal separation.
A Guide to Estate administration
This guide is to help executors and beneficiaries understand the issues involved in an estate administration and likely timescales and matters to consider in advance of decisions needing to be made during the estate administration period.
The Importance of Protocol Forms
Protocol forms are documents which have been prescribed by the Law Society and provide guidance in respect of sale and purchase transactions..
Conducting An Appeal Against A Disciplinary
If you have been subject to a disciplinary sanction (warning or dismissal) and you feel is it unfair, you have the right to appeal against it. As an employee...
Wills and Power of Attorney – Everything you need to know
We may not want to think about illness, old age or even the event of our death just yet – but getting our affairs in order will ensure that our assets are passed...
Highlighting the importance of Residential Conveyancing
The 1st of May sees the marking of ‘New Homeowners Day’ – an opportunity for new buyers to celebrate their new property with the throwing of a housewarming party...
Why your business should consider a ‘contract spring clean’
While updating employment contracts and handbooks can seem like an overwhelming task, it's always worth the effort...
Managing stress in the workplace
Taking place throughout April, National Stress Awareness Month is an annual event that not only promotes awareness of the impacts of stress but also the ways of managing the negative side effects.
Introduction Of ‘No Fault Divorce’ Law – What You Should Know
Divorce laws have been revised for the first time in 50 years with the ‘blame game’ aspect removed for couples who wish to split amicably
The Employment Rights Order 2022 – What You Should Know
In recent weeks, the government announced the changes to compensation limits and the maximum weeks’ pay for calculating redundancy payments and tribunal awards.
Living with COVID-19 Employment Law
COVID employment law changes. From today (24th March 2022)
What to expect in Employment Law in 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the agenda for the last two years, only time will tell what happens next...
No need for a GP’s “FIT Note” unless ill for more than 28 days
Employees can now self-certify sickness absence for up to 28 days given new, temporary, rules introduced by the Government.
Omicron variant – what employers need to know
As of 30 November 2021, new COVID restrictions apply following identification of the Omicron variant in the UK.
Equal Pay Day 2021 – What You Need To Know
With the amount of upheaval caused by COVID-19, it can be easy to accept your employment situation, even if it may mean that you are continuing to be paid less than your colleagues.
The UK’s Flexible Working Consultation: Explaining The New Normal
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, employers across the country have had to adapt to some degree of flexible working where possible. Thanks to the better work-life balance it offers their employees...
Working Parents and Furlough Leave
Might your working parents, struggling with childcare responsibilities and home-schooling whilst also trying to manage their own work responsibilities benefit from furlough leave?
My employee is breaking COVID-19 rules
Is an employee breaking the rules, then look no further for guidance on how to handle within the workplace...
The Job Support Scheme
The Government has announced the terms of the Job Support Scheme.
Changes to the National Insurance due on Termination Payments
Employer National Insurance Contributions (“NICs”) will be charged on Termination Payments in excess of £30,000 in relation to payments made on or after 6 April 2020.
Employment Contracts for all workers
At present, employers are required to provide a written statement of terms and conditions to employees within two months of their employment starting.
Enhanced Redundancy Protections for New Parents
The government has confirmed that it will extend legal protections against redundancy by six months for new parents returning to work.
Health and wellbeing – are your employees really “fine”?
Data from the Labour Force Survey showed that in 2018 to 2019, a total of 12.8 million working days were lost because of work-related stress, anxiety and depression and such incidences have increased steadily since 2014.
The importance of a Will – Tax, Time and Direction
We are often asked by clients why a Will is of such great importance and it is a topic that has been muddied greatly over time. The importance of a Will can be highlighted by three topic areas: Tax, Time and Direction.
Increasing minimum wage won’t cost jobs
An independent report into the impact of the National Living Wage (“NLW”) has found that the government plans to lift the NLW to £10.50 per hour by 2024 will have only a minimal effect on employment rates while significantly improving the financial position of the lowest paid.
ACAS publishes “Menopause at Work” Guidance
ACAS has published new guidance to help employers and managers support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work.
SRA Transparency Probate
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) requires that all regulated firms publish information on a select number of services specified by the SRA, including how the law firm charges and what these prices include.
Specialist Employment Law and HR Services
At Rowberrys, we offer practical support and advice to both employees and employers across all areas of employment law, achieving successful outcomes in complex employment matters in a timely and cost-effective manner.