Cohabiting couples as likely to have children as married couples

For the first time, British cohabiting couples are as likely to start a family as married couples, according to a Co-operative Legal Services study based on the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, which we analysed in an earlier blog.

The number of cohabiting couples with children is now roughly the same as married couples after a 34% rise over the past 10 years. In 2010, 31% of live births were to cohabiting couples, up from 25%, and in 2011, 28% of cohabiting couples became parents. Continue reading “Cohabiting couples as likely to have children as married couples”

Hair transplant surgeon claims rights as a worker, not self-employed contractor

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The Court of Appeal Hair transplant surgeon claims rights as a worker, not self-employed contractor has upheld an Employment Tribunal’s decision that a part-time GP working at the Hospital Medical Group should be granted the rights of a worker, despite being hired as a self-employed contractor.

Dr Colin Westwood, who has his own practice in Cheshire, was engaged by the Hospital Medical Group to carry out hair transplant procedures. His agreement stated that he was a self-employed contractor and he was paid a fee based on the number of procedures he carried out. Continue reading “Hair transplant surgeon claims rights as a worker, not self-employed contractor”

East London tenants halt building work to save car parking spaces

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Tenants of a block of flats in east London have been granted an injunction by the High Court preventing developers from building a new housing block on top of their designated car parking spaces.

Bloomfold Ltd, the freehold owner of the City Walk development, wrote to eight long leaseholders to inform them that it had obtained planning permission for a new block and that the tenants’ spaces fell within the construction area. Continue reading “East London tenants halt building work to save car parking spaces”

​Company pays out £18,000 after employee falls in a 500-degree furnace

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Nottinghamshire die-casting company Meridian Lightweight Technologies has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its employees fell into a 500-degree furnace and suffered severe burns.

Keith Buckley, 59, was working on the top of a magnesium furnace. Unbeknownst to him, a pump and tube had been removed and the hole stuffed with soft woollen material, so when he walked across it, his foot went through the wool into the furnace. Continue reading “​Company pays out £18,000 after employee falls in a 500-degree furnace”

Coalition scales back vetting and criminal records schemes to ‘common sense levels’

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The Government has announced changes to the Vetting and Barring Scheme and Criminal Records Bureau as part of its commitment to scale back bureaucratic systems to ‘common sense levels’.

Following a review of the system, which aims to safeguard vulnerable groups, including children, from those who work or volunteer with them and may pose harm, changes have been made as part of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 enacted to ensure rigorous vetting while reducing the burden on employers and better respecting civil liberties. Continue reading “Coalition scales back vetting and criminal records schemes to ‘common sense levels’”

Things to think about before starting your own business

This is a boom time for business start-ups, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor UK Report 2011, which shows that for the first time since records began in 1999 more than 20% of the working-age population are running their own business, actively trying to start one or expecting to start one in the next three years.

The number of people trying to start a business rose from 2.9% in 2010 to 4.1%, while the number expected to start a business in the next three years went up from 4.6% to 6.8%. According to Aston University, this rise is driven not just by necessity, but by people spotting significant business opportunities. Continue reading “Things to think about before starting your own business”