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Employment

Success at the Employment Appeal Tribunal - Trade Union Blacklisting

By way of background, during March 2010, the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010 came into force and introduced a new offence of "Blacklisting" Trade Union members and activists. This legislation was prompted by the Information Commissioner seizing a database a year earlier, which contained details of the Trade Union activities for over 3,000 workers in the construction industry (a list had been used by over 40 different companies as a way of vetting potential staff!).

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Employee Death Benefits

When reviewing your Will you might become aware of a death-in-service scheme in place with your employers which could provide you with valuable life insurance cover in the event of your death.

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The Chancellor's Autumn Statement

On 5 December 2012 the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered his Autumn Statement responding to economic forecasts published by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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Prenuptials

When entering into a new relationship there are protective measures potential cohabitees and spouses can take to safeguard their assets. Our next newsletter will look at ‘Living Together Agreements’ and appropriate advice for those looking to live together but not enter into marriage. So when entering into marriage what can you do to safeguard your existing assets? It's generally understood that prenuptial agreements are not binding at English law but that does not mean to say they will be an important factor to be taken into account should the marriage break down.

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