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Shared parental leave and pay to be extended to working grandparents

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27 April 2016

The government is proposing to extend the right to shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents which may add to the already complex requirements that employers face with the current system.

A good first decade for Dundee’s OSCR

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25 April 2016

In the UK press, positive coverage of charities has been scarce recently. But north of the border, the story is brighter, and one reason for that can be found in Dundee where OSCR, Scotland’s charity regulator marks its 10th year.

Managing a dominant individual is important for charity boards

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18 April 2016

Letting one individual – whether CEO, chair or trustee – become too influential can threaten charities’ activities, or even existence. What can charity executives and trustees do about it?

A case summary on an employer’s concerns over immigration status

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15 April 2016

In the case of Nayak v Royal Mail Ltd the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employer's belief that an employee was no longer permitted to work in the UK amounted to a fair reason for dismissal.

What are the rules for gift giving and IHT?

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11 April 2016

Following recent revelations about the Prime Minister’s personal tax affairs and criticism that a financial gift from his mother amounts to tax avoidance, Julia Burgham, Private Client solicitor, clarifies the position surrounding gift giving and inheritance tax.

Mental Welfare Commission calls for a major reform of the Adults with Incapacity Act

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11 April 2016

It is widely acknowledged that The Adult’s with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 is in need of updating to improve the 16 year old system which is now struggling to manage the number of applications for guardianship and increasing pressure on courts.

Employment law changes from April 2016 – A summary for employers

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7 April 2016

Employers should be aware of the new employment law changes which have come into effect this month (April 2016). The key points are listed below and a reference guide for employers which summarises the changes can also be downloaded.

How can the law protect someone facing domestic violence?

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7 April 2016

Domestic violence situations such as the current storyline in The Archers are all too common but support and protection are available, advises Jennifer Gallagher, Partner in our Family Law team.

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