October 2020 / 19 posts found

Business bodies urge chancellor to ‘go further’ with new furlough scheme

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Businesses in the hospitality sector have said Rishi Sunak’s support package “must go further” to avoid wide-scale job losses, after the chancellor today unveiled a new furlough scheme for businesses facing local lockdowns. Sunak today said the government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to businesses forced to shutter under fresh lockdown measures.  Read more: Luke Johnson: 1m employees on furlough face redundancy Firms whose premises are legally required to shut “for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions” will receive grants of up to £2,100 per month to pay the wages of staff who […]

UK faces possible hospitality shutdown, yet contact-tracing app has only alerted Britons to one publ…

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Critics have hit out at the UK government as it mulls hospitality closures, based on research collected at only 98 pubs. Meanwhile, the UK’s contact-tracing app has sent just one Covid outbreak alert from a venue. Boris Johnson’s government has come under fire as it has emerged that London’s Covid strategy is informed by limited research; the government only collected data from 98 of the country’s 48,000 pubs. Speaking on LBC Radio on Friday, Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi contended that the data reflected “pretty robust sampling” adding, “I used to work in the serving industry, and I can tell you […]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Hollywood custody battle for their children

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Set to be one of the most expensive and drawn-out custody battles in Hollywood history, warring exes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are pulling out all the stops in the hearing to decide access rights for five of their six children. Brad, 56, is calling a massive 21 witnesses to support his case for a 50-50 split in the proceedings which got under way this week. While Maleficent star Angelina, 45, is the “ultimate mama bear”, desperate to protect her kids, even from their dad, a source told The Sun. The insider, who is close to both parties, said: “The […]

The rise of 'broken plan' living: how to divide and zone your home for office, study and …

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They’re calling it “broken plan”. With more of us now working from home, possibly for the long term, households want personal space for office, study and leisure — so Londoners are carving up their old open-plan homes into personal hubs. “Dividing and zoning space is the new norm,” says Merlin Wright, design director at British Standard/Plain English, which has been installing kitchen-diners for decades. “The old trend for knocking through and opening up no longer works, and in winter big spaces are expensive to heat.” At London architectural design and build practice Zulu Fish (zulufish.co.uk), Felix Milns confirms: “Our clients […]

Meghan Markle’s litigation against Mail on Sunday confirms she will not stop – Entertainment Overdos…

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Ads Being an actor must be a tough gig. Constant rejection, long hours and only the remotest of chances that your star will shine brighter than any of the other of the tens of thousands of wannabes who flock to Los Angeles in a bid to make it. Meghan Markle made it. By 2006 the 25-year-old was making up to $31,000-a-week as a suitcase girl on Deal Or No Deal and in 2011 snagged a role on Suits. Sure, the legal drama was hardly an awards show darling but it still ran for nine series (ten including the last one […]

Sunak’s lifeline for small businesses is welcome but insufficient

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The writer is national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses The worst UK recession since records began. Up to 1m job losses forecast by the end of the year. Speculation about negative interest rates. The macro analysis of the UK’s economic predicament is stark and deserving of attention. There is always a danger, however, that an excessive focus on the big picture causes us to lose sight of human realities. At the Federation of Small Businesses, we hear personal accounts every day of what coronavirus means on the ground. There about 5.8m small businesses in the UK, representing 99.3 […]

Employment Litigation: 3 Instances Where A Company Should Explore Mediation – Mediate.com

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Introduction When faced with threatened or filed litigation by current or former employees, many companies never consider alternatives to expensive protracted litigation.  Instead, companies insist that they will never settle and will litigate for as long as necessary. The rationale behind this “no settlement” policy is supposedly to deter additional employee litigation. The reality is, however, that this internal policy may not prevent or minimize the instances of litigation.  Moreover, these companies do usually settle prior to trial, but often only after years of legal expense and potentially damaging discovery.  Accordingly, a blanket “no settlement” policy may not be in […]

How could redundancy impact my divorce settlement?

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PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 September 2020 Sophie Stainthorpe There are many financial factors which would be taken into account if someone was made redundant during a divorce, and it’s advisable to seek independent legal advice in this situation Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto Elena Abrazhevich Redundancy can have significant implications in divorce proceedings. Partner and family law expert at Howes Percival, Amy Walpole, considers the impact of redundancy on financial settlements on divorce and answers some key questions. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Amy Walpole, partner and family law expert […]

Employment Litigation: 3 Instances Where A Company Should Explore Mediation

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Introduction When faced with threatened or filed litigation by current or former employees, many companies never consider alternatives to expensive protracted litigation.  Instead, companies insist that they will never settle and will litigate for as long as necessary. The rationale behind this “no settlement” policy is supposedly to deter additional employee litigation. The reality is, however, that this internal policy may not prevent or minimize the instances of litigation.  Moreover, these companies do usually settle prior to trial, but often only after years of legal expense and potentially damaging discovery.  Accordingly, a blanket “no settlement” policy may not be in […]