Free Wills Month is an initiative designed to tackle the large number of over 55s who don’t have a recent will in place. The initiative is sponsored by many well-known charities who cover the fees on your behalf. Age NI is one of those charities. Luke Curran & Co are also working in partnership with Southern Area Hospice Services and Cancer Research UK whereby we are waiving our fee for a simple Will if you consider making a charitable donation.
How to Tackle Employee Sickness & Absenteeism in Your Organisation - Sickness is an unfortunate part of life, and some level of absenteeism in the workplace is to be expected. But what can be done to address situations where an employee’s absenteeism is becoming a regular occurrence?
Dealing with a grievance in the workplace is time consuming and distressing for both the employees and management staff involved but is a ‘necessary evil’ to ensure fairness and equality for all members of the company or organisation. What is a Grievance? A grievance is a concern, problem or complaint which an employee raises with their employer and could relate to any aspect of their working life.
As specialists in inheritance and succession planning, TEPs draft wills and trusts, administer estates, act as trustees and advise families on how best to structure their finances to ensure compliance and preserve their assets for future generations. In their professional practice, TEPs often help people at difficult or emotional times, such as after the death of a close family member. TEPs are recognised experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. By joining STEP and maintaining their membership they have also shown significant commitment to their continued professional development in this specialist area.
Employment Contracts are essential to get a working relationship between an employer and a new employee off ‘on the right foot’ and to guide the ongoing relationship between both parties. Employment Contracts clarify what is required of employees, how they will be rewarded and demonstrate the employer’s commitment to ensuring their legal obligations are met. Whilst employment contracts aim to protect each party employment disputes do still happen and employers need to take the responsibilities around hiring and managing staff very seriously, particularly given the volume of rights that apply to employees.
Renting property can seem like an easy source of income to the unwary however being a landlord can be challenging, whether you are new to the game or not you must be aware of what to expect and what is expected of you! There are many things you need to know but in this article we will focus on one aspect in particular that we want to bring to your attention to - the need for effective tenancy agreements to ensure that your rent goes into your pocket.
In the following article, we have identified some of the challenges and pitfalls associated with a commercial property lease and prepared advice for local business owners. This will help them to be more aware of the pitfalls and make the right decisions when it comes to identifying the perfect premises for their businesses.
The long-standing debate on whether it’s acceptable for parents smacking children as a means of punishment for their misdemeanours has recently been re-ignited in Northern Ireland as local charity, Parenting NI launched their STOP campaign, in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT). The campaign aims to provide information and support to parents, and training workshops for childcare professionals in Derry, Enniskillen and Omagh. This issue has been hotly debated for many years by the United Nations and other organisations that protect children, such as Barnardo’s .
Smoking is identified as the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in Northern Ireland. In 2014, approximately 16% or 1 in 6 of all deaths in Northern Ireland were attributed to smoking, as reported by the Public Health Agency. Such concerns worldwide ‘sparked’ the introduction of the e-cig back in 2003, the use of which has now become a widespread trend in the UK. Concerns have also been noted over the health impacts of e-cigarettes. New changes have been introduced to the legislation around the sale and use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and e-liquids and came into effect last month.
Have you ever been walking along when suddenly you slip, catch your foot on something or trip over an object? For a second you stumbled helplessly. Maybe you were lucky enough to regain your balance and save face or did you fall flat on your face and suffer a painful personal injury? Personal Injury from a Slip, Trip or Fall leave you a red faced and embarrassed. What happens if you experience a slip, trip or fall that could have been prevented or which causes pain, suffering or financial hardship?
Workplace accidents are more common than you might think. There has been a 10% increase in the number of major injuries reported in the last year and the total number of reported injuries increasing to 2,777 cases. Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees at work as far as is possible by taking steps to control or minimise risks. Your employer has certain duties to fulfill in the event of an accident to include recording, reporting and sick pay. An employee may be entitled to a Personal Injury Claim if their employer has failed in its duty.
Although our general health services from the NHS are free in Northern Ireland, this doesn’t cover the costs of residential care homes or nursing homes, the burden of which is borne by the individual who is in receipt of the care, or his/her close family members unless they qualify for financial assistance. Care homes typically cost between £30,000 and £40,000 annually in the UK. In some areas these figures are much higher.