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Government to tighten up the Prompt Payment Code
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Government to tighten up the Prompt Payment Code

The government is tightening up the Prompt Pay Code (PPC) to encourage firms to pay invoices quicker and so improve cash flow for smaller firms.Business Minister Matthew Hancock says the PPC will now promote 30-day terms as standard and introduce a 60-day maximum limit. Unless firms can show there a...

Brothers banned from being directors after breaching legal duty

Two brothers have been banned from being company directors after they breached their duty to creditors when their business went into liquidation.The two men ran a company that provided payroll services. The business got into financial difficulties and was wound up in October 2012.An Insolvency Servi...

Apprentices are top gainers as National Minimum Wage rises
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Apprentices are top gainers as National Minimum Wage rises

Apprentices will get the biggest pay boost when the National Minimum Wage increases come into effect in October.The adult rate will rise by 20p from £6.50 per hour to £6.70, a 3% increase. However, the rate for apprentices will rise by 57p to £3.30 per hour. The government says the...

On Your Feet Britain!
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On Your Feet Britain!

We’re taking part in an event called ‘On Your Feet Britain’ today (24th April), encouraging British workers to get up off their seats and take steps towards being more active.The event is being run by campaign group Get Britain Standing and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and ha...

Phil McKeown hits the dancefloor!
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Phil McKeown hits the dancefloor!

It's now just a couple of days until Phil McKeown takes to the dancefloor to compete in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, raising funds for charity Claire House.The event is to be held on Saturday 25th April at Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, with a dinner and performance from the dancers. It is ...

Hillyer McKeown team up with Outwrite PR for social media event
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Hillyer McKeown team up with Outwrite PR for social media event

This April, Hillyer McKeown’s experienced employment solicitors will be teaming up with North-Wales-based firm Outwrite PR for the latest in the ‘Employment Essentials’ event series, this time focusing on social media.This free event will be held at the Deeside Enterprise Centre on...

Revitalising the Great British High Street!
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Revitalising the Great British High Street!

Changes to planning law forming part of the Government’s policy of reviving the ‘Great British High Street’ come into force tomorrow (15th April 2015).The aim of the new legislation is to make it easier for certain properties to be used for different purposes without the need for f...

Shared parental leave rules come into force
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Shared parental leave rules come into force

New laws allowing parents to share leave from work following the birth of a child are now in full force.Shared parental leave (SPL) applies to couples who become parents on or after 5th April 2015 and it’s estimated that every year around 285,000 working couples will be eligible. Parents can c...

New online tool designed to increase wages of low paid workers
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New online tool designed to increase wages of low paid workers

The government plans to introduce a new online tool designed to increase pay transparency and lead to wage increases for the less well off.Ministers say the National Minimum Wage Accelerator will give businesses and employees “unprecedented” clarity around pay levels by making it easier ...

Disability claim fails because ‘ability to work not impaired’
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Disability claim fails because ‘ability to work not impaired’

A surgeon has lost a disability claim because a tribunal decided that his illness did not have a serious enough impact on his ability to carry out his work.The decision is significant because it illustrates that disability alone is not sufficient grounds to entitle an employee to special considerati...

Rise in compensatory awards for unfair dismissal
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Rise in compensatory awards for unfair dismissal

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £76,574 to £78,335 this weekend (5th April). The maximum amount of a week's pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and various awards including the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal, also rise...

Firm announce relocation to new city centre development
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Firm announce relocation to new city centre development

Steve Harvey, Managing Partner of Chester law firm, Hillyer McKeown, has announced that the firm is to relocate its Chester Head Office this summer to the new Gorse Stacks development in Chester city centre, following the sale of their Murlain House Offices.The 100 strong team will relocate to the n...

April Fools – Harmless Fun or Grounds for Dismissal?
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April Fools – Harmless Fun or Grounds for Dismissal?

April Fools’ Day is an opportune moment to be reminded that what might be harmless fun for some employees may count as bullying or misconduct for others. We list some of the four worst prank and practical joke that have ended in dismissal:A Wheelie Bin AdventureIn June 2009, security cameras r...

Pippa Hague takes on RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge for Chester Zoo!
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Pippa Hague takes on RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge for Chester Zoo!

Pippa Hague, of Hillyer McKeown’s sister firm Mercury Legal has signed up to join this year’s RideLondon-Surrey 100 event for team Chester Zoo!Pippa will be one of a team of four to take part in the event for Act for Wildlife, a wildlife conservation campaign led by Chester Zoo.The world...

Jeremy Clarkson will not return to Top Gear, BBC confirms
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Jeremy Clarkson will not return to Top Gear, BBC confirms

Solicitor David Jones from Hillyer McKeown's Employment team gives his verdict on the latest controversary to surround Jeremy Clarkson...As the late great Oliver Reed said to Maximus when playing the role of Proximo in the film Gladiator, “I wasn’t the best because I killed quickly. I wa...

‘Blurred Lines’ found to have breached copyright
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‘Blurred Lines’ found to have breached copyright

A jury has awarded the children of Marvin Gaye almost $7.4m (£4.8m) in damages after determining that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Blurred Lines’ breached copyright.Jurors concluded that the song, which was the biggest hit of 2013, was too similar to Marvin Gaye'...

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