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New report calls for action on pregnancy and maternity discrimination

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In January 2017, in response to a report from the Women and Equalities Committee,the Government committed to “strengthen existing protections and…to review the position in relation to redundancy” for pregnant employees. Faced with increasing requests for help to their advice line, the charity Maternity Action have produced a report which calls on the Government to urgently act on its commitment. What are the implications of this report for employers?

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Important changes to the Provider Information Return (PIR)

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PIP health care inspection

Along with the introduction of the new KLOEs this November, changes are afoot for the PIR.

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Should motorists who hit cyclists be treated more severely under the law?

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Cycling accident

I was very surprised to read that a number of politicians hold the view that  the laws relevant to cyclists who cause death or injury to other road users should be reviewed.

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Garden landscaping – who owns the design?

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Landscaped garden

It is probably universally accepted that an architect owns the design in a building. But what of a garden? Intellectual property specialist Stephen Welfare explores the issue.

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Sexual harassment – stamping out the problem in the workplace

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Sexual harassment at work

Following the recent revelations in the celebrity and political world we have seen more attention on this problem. A BBC Radio 5 survey found that 52% of the participants experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, showing how widespread this issue is.

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Why all the orange? Royds Withy King employees get garish for charity

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On Monday 6th November 2017, people from all over the world were donning their orange finery in support of people with one of the most debilitating conditions, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

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Uninsured and untraceable drivers hitting cyclists – are cases on the rise?

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Car close to camera

I have been asked by a few people recently whether they have any rights to bring a claim for their injuries, and subsequent financial losses, following collisions with hit-and-run drivers and uninsured drivers. The sad truth is, the number of hit-and-run accidents and the number of uninsured drivers on our roads seems to be increasing.

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Getting ready for CQC changes

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Looking ahead

Following on from my article in June, CQC has now published its response to the second round of consultation on its proposals for reforming the adult social care regulation.

As a result of the consultation, changes to the inspection regime will be implemented over the coming months, starting from 1 November 2017.

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“What should I do after a car accident?”: A step-by-step guide

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Road traffic collision

Being in a car accident can be a very traumatic experience and leave you very shaken. At the time you will likely be very panicked and may not know how to react or what to do next. Here is some advice about what your initial and next steps should be.

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Miley v. Friends Life – a typical story of an ME sufferer up against an insurer

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Disputes relating to Personal Health Insurance (PHI) rarely go to trial at the High Court. However, this is just what happened in a recent case, and it led to an important ruling by Mr Justice Turner on the 4th October 2017. Why? Because it demonstrated the lengths insurers go to secure a positive result for themselves, which in this case was – thankfully – all to no avail.

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How to impress at a law fair

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It is that time of year again. No not Halloween, it’s law fair season!

Law fairs may seem as scary as Halloween but by following these top tips you’ll be able to make the most out of them and get noticed for the right reasons.

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Claims for the cost of immunotherapy for mesothelioma sufferers

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Immunotherapy is a very promising treatment for mesothelioma. Mavis Nye, a very well known and much loved mesothelioma warrior, had immunotherapy in 2009 as part of a clinical trial. Before she had the immunotherapy she had a life expectancy measured in months. She has been told she is now mesothelioma free.

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