Trainee Administration Assistant

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The duties for this role include collecting and processing the post, preparing outgoing mail ready for collection, ensuring the interview rooms are kept tidy, faxing, photocopying, filing, managing room bookings, supporting the accounts department, preparing refreshments for clients, attending court on issue of proceedings and general delivery of documents, providing relief reception cover, ensuring confidentiality…

Tribunal Fees: Ministry of Justice Review on Fees

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The MOJ has carried out a review of the impact of the introduction of Tribunal fees. The review has concluded that tribunal fees are working well. The MOJ states that there is nothing to suggest that fees have or are preventing claims being pursued. Although they accept that fees may have discouraged many individuals bringing…

Redundancy: Former BHS Employees sue Administrators

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Former employees of BHS who accepted their redundancy, have commenced proceedings against the administrator of BHS, in an attempt to recover compensation, known as a protective award, for failure by BHS to inform and consul with their staff prior to making redundancies. If the Employment Tribunal finds that BHS have failed to inform and consult…

Rotherham Men Jailed for Sexual Abuse

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Six Rotherham men have been jailed for plying two girls with alcohol and cannabis and then sexually abusing them. Sheffield Crown Court heard that all the offences took place in Rotherham, South Yorkshire between 1999 and 2001. One victim was 13 years old when the abuse began. The other victim was 11 years old and…

Landlords – Are you aware of the new EPC changes?

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From 1 April 2018, the rules relating to Energy Performance Certificates for both commercial and residential leases will be changing. If you’re a landlord, you need to know about the proposed changes; below, we briefly consider the new regulations. The biggest change proposed is the introduction of the minimum EPC rating of ‘E’. This will…

NICE guidance produced to look for ‘soft’ signs of child abuse

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced guideline information for teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals. The guidelines show what the “soft” signs are that may indicate that a child is being abused or neglected. NICE was asked by the Department for Education and the Department of Health to…

February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month – Part 2

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Following from our previous blog regarding February being Raynaud’s awareness month we are now looking at Vibration White Finger. Did you know that Vibration White Finger (VWF) is the 2nd most commonly prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) scheme? This is for the last 10 years but the number of new cases…

Men Charged with Abuse at Underley Hall School deny charges

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Six men appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates Court in Kendal on the 15th February 2017 to be charged with offences they are alleged to have committed whilst working at Underley Hall School between the 1970’s and 1990’s. Underley Hall School near Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria was a residential school for boys with behavioural difficulties which…

Child sexual abuse: Agencies to get £40m funding boost

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£40 million has been pledged by Ministers towards the fight against child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. A new “centre of expertise” costing £7.5 million, is hoped to be set up to offer guidance to professionals on the front line. In 2015, a new strategy was published by the Government for addressing the failures in…

Adoption and the Child and Social Work Bill

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Introduction The Child and Social Work Bill was introduced into the House of Commons just before Christmas. The expectation was that there would be changes to Adoption law and these changes would reflect a pro adoption approach. In May 2016 David Cameron wrote in the Sunday Times “We will legislate to tip the balance in…