March 2014

US policewoman wins $5.7 million after being sexually harassed at work

March 24, 2014

A former St Louis police officer has been awarded millions of dollars by a court after she succeeded in her claim that she had been harassed and discriminated by fellow officers on the police force. Tanisha Ross-Paige, a former canine officer in the St Louis police force, made her claims for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, […]

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The Pros And Cons of Being Under a Consultancy Agreement: An In-Depth Analysis

March 19, 2014

(US law and generally) When we say consultancy, this usually refers to a professional practice where a person with a specific field of expertise is “consulted” for advice or his/ her skills to benefit a business. Consultants, and even freelancers, are sometimes referred to as self-employed or independent contractors in legal jargon. This means that […]

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UK Tier 2 Visas for Overseas Contractors

March 18, 2014

The UK is one of the most favoured destinations in the world when it comes to inward migration. This may not be all that surprising as it’s one of the top half-dozen world economies. Sometimes, contractors may find it difficult to find a position in their own country and may be attracted by the strength […]

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Former deckhand wins compensation after boss threatens to stab him

March 18, 2014

A former deckhand has won compensation in the Employment Tribunal after a director of the firm that employed him threatened to stab him to death and throw him over the side of the boat, according to the Grimsby Telegraph. Mr Dean Wilbourne-Kay started work with Access Offshore Marine Limited in June 2012 as a deck […]

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Call for Budget re-think of tax rules on training costs

March 17, 2014

Rules on which training costs can be deducted as a business expense are damaging the development of the UK’s skill base and needs to be re-thought in time for this year’s Budget, says the Professional Representation Network, the talent management service for contractors. The Professional Representation Network explains that current tax rules discourage self-employed contractors, […]

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New rules mean UK contractors should work overseas for a full year to be certain of complying with “labyrinthine” UK system over residency

March 11, 2014

UK contractors should sign a contract to work overseas before April 6th 2014 and continue to work overseas until April 5th 2015 to ensure their income is exempt from UK income tax, says Von Essen, the leading providers of tax advisory services to international contractors.  This means that contractors will comply with a new, stricter […]

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UK has lowest number of public holidays within G20

March 7, 2014

The UK now has the lowest number of national public holidays of all major economies (G20 group of leading economies), with just eight public holidays compared to an average of 12 across the G20 economies, according to research by Von Essen, the leading providers of tax advisory services to international contractors. The UK is even […]

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Firm heavily fined after worker suffers serious injury in fall at work

March 5, 2014

An Aberdeen-based company has been heavily fined after one of its workers was seriously injured in an accident at work in 2009. Mr Valentin Taljanov, 61, suffered the accident at work whilst he was contracted to Lawrie [Demolition] Limited. Mr Taljanov, who was working as a labourer for the company when he suffered the accident, […]

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Employment Tribunal makes order for costs of £117,000

March 4, 2014

A barrister’s chambers has reported that the East London Employment Tribunal has made an award of costs against a Claimant of over £100,000 – the largest single costs award against an individual in the Employment Tribunal on record. Ely Place Chambers has reported that an award of costs was made against Dr Makanjuola in the […]

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