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Employment law – Job references

Below is a brief guide on what employees need to be aware of when requesting a reference. Does your employer have to give you a reference? There is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee and when asked to, it can refuse to provide one-except in some regulated industries like financial services. If you do get a reference, what is likely to be in it? Almost 75% of references these days are factual- namely your name, dates of employment, and job title. Sometimes,…

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Purchasing your dream house

by Aneka Shoukat & Sidraa Razaq, Shire Solicitors Your dream house is yours – well in principle, now make sure it stays that way! Once your offer has been accepted you should try to insist that the vendors take the property off the market. Be wary of sellers who refuse and continue marketing their property as, should a higher offer be put forward, they will be tempted to take it. It could prove expensive should they pull out after you have incurred the initial expense of having a survey carried…

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How to manage your finances

By RMJ Wealth Management Financial Services are complicated and nobody teaches us about it at school but with the right advice it does not have to be, enabling you to have the financial future you deserve. Welcome to the first monthly financial article within the Urban Echo which will try to make practical sense of the world of financial advice by bringing content which is simple to understand. This is brought to you by RMJ Wealth Management, experienced Financial Advisers & Wealth Managers with over 50 years’ within the financial…

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Can Surinder Singh help you bring your spouse over?

  By Sidraa Razaq, Shire Solicitors When a client visits our offices wanting advice on a UK spouse visa, we often find ourselves providing advice on an area known as the “Surinder Singh route”. You may be wondering who Surinder Singh is. Mr Singh was an Indian citizen who alongside his British wife worked in Germany for a number of years. When they later divorced, it was decided by the Home Office that he was to be removed from the country. Mr Singh appealed this decision. On appeal it was…

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Does Your Business Need Social Media?

Does your own or any business need social media to be successful, have you considered using social media as source of marketing? Social media for business’ can be an essential way to reach your desired clientele, gain valuable insights and expand your companies brand with little to no cost! Having an online presence as we all know is one of the easiest and most successful ways for people to connect together. Social media within a company has many proven benefits, however there can be a downside too! Some Advantages +…

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Beware Of Using Work Computers For Personal Matters

by Luke Patel, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team LPatel@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9316, @LukeLawBlacks The perils of using your work computer for personal matters was recently highlighted in the High Court case of Simpkin v The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC. In that case the Mr Simpkin was the Finance Director of The Berkeley Group. Berkeley terminated his employment, removed him as a director and decided that he would not be treated as a “good leaver”. As a result Mr Simpkin would not receive the substantial financial benefits of a long term…

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Your Guide to Zero Hour Contracts

What is a zero hour contract? Should I agree to a zero hour contract? How will it benefit me? These are all questions you may want to know before signing up to a contract of this type. Many agree to work under zero hour contracts without knowledge of what they actually are and the possible implications they may have on their employment. Why do we have zero hour contracts? Employers use these to meet demand depending on how busy they are, although it is speculated that the real reason is…

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Making your back office drive up your margin

by Richard Paydon, Se7en Services Do you recognise this story? You’ve done your market research, you’ve sourced your products and suppliers, you have customers waiting in anticipation; your new business is going to set the world alight! Does this sound familiar? Well you are not alone. We all have this vision when we set up a new business. Now for the reality. Customers still love the product but don’t pay on time, half your day is spent chasing them, cash is tight but suppliers still need paying and invoices need…

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Why are the younger generation not joining trade unions?

Why are young people today not joining a union? Are young people today properly informed about what a trade union is and what it can do for them? In 2016 less than 5% of 16 to 24 year olds were members of trade unions, in comparison almost 40% of trade union members are aged 50 plus. Compared to 1995 the proportion of members under the age of 50 has significantly dropped, whereas the proportion above the age of 50 has increased. Many 16-24 year olds are either students, part time…

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Printed vs Digital Media: Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age?

Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age? Newspapers, magazines, books and printed publications. We are surrounded by tangible reads and they are still a popular choice for many people. We can’t of course forget that we are living in an increasingly digital age. With internet access, you can have instant insight into news articles, current affairs, and almost everything that is available in print. It is all readily available to read online whenever suits your needs without the restrictions or shops being open and limited availability. Media has…

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