Common law myths – your rights as an unmarried couple

In today’s society, it’s increasingly common for couples to live together as ‘common law’ spouses or co-habitees rather than getting married. The danger of this is that many co-habitees believe they have the same protection as a common law husband or wife, which simply isn’t true. In reality, you have very little protection as an unmarried couple should the relationship end or if one of you dies.

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Voluntary Workers – Their rights and your responsibilities as an employer

A volunteer is anyone who carries out unpaid work for a charity, fundraising body or voluntary organisation. If you hire volunteers to work for your organisation, there are certain things you need to be aware of. If you happen to be a volunteer, it pays to know your rights, too. We’ve outlined some of the legalities to help you both stay on the right side of the law.

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Firefighter ruling sparks new heat for employers

The standby arrangements for Belgium’s volunteer firefighters are set to cause new headaches for employers with workers who are paid flat rates for time on-call or when sleeping in the workplace, with a judgement that will affect companies across the European Union.

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Patently unfair – What are your legal rights if somebody has stolen your idea or product?

The definition of intellectual property is: ‘any type of intangible property that is a result of creativity’. This covers designs, logos, and artistic or literary, works as well as inventions. If you suspect another person or business of infringing on your intellectual property, you could take legal action.

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What impact will the Worboys judgment have for victims of serious crime?

Two victims of John Worboys have won their claims for compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the Supreme Court ruled that their treatment by police breached their human rights.

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The Rights to a Better Gig

Millions of freelancers, hired by companies instead of full-time employees to work in what has become known as the ‘Gig Economy’, will be entitled to holiday and sick pay under new Government plans to address modern workers' rights.

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All Things Being Equal – The Great Supermarket Sweep

The news that supermarket giant, Tesco, could be facing an equal pay claim worth up to a record £4 billion added fuel to the growing issue of gender equality in the workplace. Whilst causing a sensation in the media, Verisona Law’s Head of Employment, Sue Ball, looks behind the headlines to see what lies ahead.

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Tracking your digital worth for the next generation

The value of our online lives is worth billions of pounds but many of these assets may never be passed on, as people are failing to record their digital worth.

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When mini breaks just don’t cut it: Tribunal ruling demonstrates importance of 20 minute rest breaks

Tribunal says twenty-minute rest periods for workers should be given in one run, not as a series of mini-breaks.

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Making a case study of an enforceable contract: the judgement in the case of Blue v Ashley

The basic requirements of a contract are that both sides have reached an agreement, which is intended to be legally binding, is supported by consideration, and is sufficiently certain and complete to be enforceable.

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