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Starting a new job? - what you should be looking out for in an employment contract

23/01/2014

Most employers will provide you with a contract of employment and it is important to make sure that it reflects what you have agreed. You should therefore ask for the draft terms as soon as possible and ideally before you start your new role. This will allow you time to consider the terms offered and negotiate on any terms missing or needing amendment. You should also review the terms of any staff handbook or company policies and procedures, particularly those referenced within the contract.

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Will I have to sell my house to pay for future care?

17/01/2014

If you need to move into a publicly funded care home then you will be financially assessed to work out whether and how much you need to contribute towards the cost of your care. On average the cost of residential care in England is £700 per week and nursing care is more. The cost varies in different areas of England and in Surrey, for example, it is not unusual to see the cost in excess of £1000 per week.

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National minimum wage – maximum fine for breach set to increase - our employment lawyers explain

16/01/2014

Employers who fail to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) currently face a penalty calculated at 50% per cent of the total underpayment for all affected workers. Where this amount is less than £100, a minimum penalty of £100 is applied. Where this amount is more than £5,000, a maximum penalty of £5,000 is applied. The penalty is reduced by 50 per cent if the unpaid wages are paid within 14 days.

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