Do not let last year’s debt give you a New Year hangover

For some, the New Year represents a fresh start. For others it simply brings even more worries over their stretched finances. Historically, the New Year tends to bring a surge of people seeking help with the debt that they have built up. When finances come under pressure from many different sources it is easy to…

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How will the new stamp duty changes affect you?

On 4th├é┬áDecember 2014, major changes were made to the way stamp duty land tax is calculated for residential properties in the UK. But how has the system changed? And how will these changes affect you? How did the old system work? Stamp duty is the tax paid on the purchase of a home costing above…

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How to avoid the legal hangover of the works Christmas party

The works Christmas party is a time for employees to be merry and employers to beware. Employers look upon the works Christmas party season as an opportunity to recognise their employees’ contributions and efforts throughout the year. They also consider it to be an occasion to assist with team building and boosting staff morale. However,…

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Should I provide an outgoing employee with a reference?

There is no legal requirement for an employer to give an outgoing employee a reference, unless they are in a regulated industry. A regulated industry may include the financial services, banking or the care industry. Whilst a contractual right to a reference is unlikely, an employee may try and negotiate the provision of a reference…

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How will the holiday pay ruling affect you?

Workers in the UK have won a landmark case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal which will see regular overtime included in holiday pay. This means that those who are required to work overtime as a regular part of their job will have these earnings taken into account when holiday pay is calculated. The ruling is…

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