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Police discriminated against officer with hearing impairment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision that a police officer was discriminated against due to assumptions about her hearing impairment. The officer wanted to transfer to Norfolk, but her application was rejected by the Acting Chief Inspector,...

Private landlords and their new responsibilities

The government has prepared draft regulations that propose new electrical safety standards in the private rented sector and, if approved by Parliament, these are due to come into force imminently. What’s new? As of 1 July 2020, the new legislation...

Property company loses service charge dispute with tenants

A property company has lost its appeal against a tribunal ruling that it had failed to correctly calculate the level of service charges payable by leaseholders. The case involved a mixed commercial and residential development owned by Avon Ground Rents Ltd....

Pilot scheme could make home buying 'quicker and less stressful'

A digital questionnaire designed to make home moving ‘cheaper, quicker and less stressful’ is now being tested in a pilot scheme. The Buying and Selling Property Information (BASPI) has been developed by the Home Buying and Selling Group, an...

Employer wins dispute over notice on fixed-term contract

An employer has won a dispute over whether an employee was entitled to three months’ notice while on a fixed-term contract. The case involved a teacher, Ms Kilraine. Her letter of engagement stated that she would be employed from 1 September 2013...

MPs call for root and branch reforms to cut inheritance tax

A group of MPs have called for root and branch reforms of the inheritance tax system, including a cut in the standard rate from 40% to 10%. They also want to scrap most of the current tax reliefs, including the seven-year rule that allows you to pass on...

Businesses urged to address veganism in diversity policies

Employers may need to update their diversity policies to include ethical veganism after an employment tribunal held that it was capable of being a protected belief under the Equality Act. The case, which attracted widespread publicity, involved Jordi...

Employers 'need strong policies against workplace harassment'

Employers are being urged to draw up comprehensive policies to protect their employees from harassment in the workplace. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says the policies should cover everything from physical intimidation to office banter...

Tighter rules against money laundering come into effect

Companies that come under anti-money laundering legislation must now report certain irregularities to Companies House. The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) came into effect on 10 January. It obliges businesses to tell Companies House if...

Restriction modified but compensation payable

An application under section 84(1), Law of Property Act 1925 sought the modification of a restriction on development in relation to No 11 Oakfield Glade (known as Oak House). The house in the case in question, Martin v Lipton & Ors, was on the Oakfield...
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