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This will be the place to find all breaking news and updates from Thompsons and personal injury litigation in general.

Employment law is an exciting, constantly evolving and ever changing area of law. There are always new rules and regulations coming into force. It is important that employees are aware of changes in their workplace rights.

This will be the first in a series of blogs relating to up and coming Employment Law changes in 2016.

The Gender Pay Gap

Early in January 2016, the Scottish Government laid regulations before the Scottish Parliament with the intention of extending the requirement on public authorities to publish information regarding to their gender pay gap and equal pay statements.

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Chocolate, Alcohol, crisps: what are you giving up for lent? In his annual Lenten message the pope writes about indifference and advised that people should give this up for lent. We therefore, invite all employers to give up indifference of Health and Safety for the following 40 days.

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THANKFULLY HEALTH & SAFETY WASN’T IN THE BASKET

As I listened to the analysis of the renegotiation deal that David Cameron claims to have secured from Europe in contrast to his own triumphant presentation of what he had achieved my mind was drawn to the political comedy “The Thick of It”.

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What did the Romans do for us? That famous question can spout answers, from the creation of roads, to the development to the calendar to the innovation of ... err... rudimentary plumbing. But enough of all that, perhaps one of the most enduring things the Romans did for us, legally at least, was the development of doctrines of liability for objects falling onto citizens. Indeed, even now, liability for objects falling and causing injury can derive its roots from Roman Law doctrines.

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Recent news reports have uncovered a sinister practice apparently carried out to make asylum seekers‘ homes readily identifiable to the public.

The Times identified 168 houses in one of Middlesborough’s poorest areas and discovered 155 had red doors. The homes have since been targeted because their doors have been painted red by a G4S-affiliated property developer called Jomast.

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The success of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has ignited heated discussion around message boards and water coolers across the country, however while the brunt of the outrage has been borne (quite rightly) by the Manitowic County Sheriff Department’s magical hide’n’seek car keys and prosecutor Ken Kratz’s sneering penchant for hyperbole, an often overlooked aspect of the case which I found particularly disturbing as a lawyer was the massive disparities in the quality of legal services received the protagonists throughout the series.

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Accident LawyerThe Parliament at the City of Westminster created the bastard child of the Tory government and their big business financial backers that is the Trade Union Bill.  
 
A Bill with the intention of no less than killing off our country’s Trade Unions.  
 
Today the devolved parliaments at Edinburgh and Cardiff will be debating the Trade Union Bill.
 
Like every right thinking person it is the settled intention of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly to do everything in their power to resist and reverse the Bill as it applies to the people of Scotland and Wales respectively.

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We are delighted by the Scottish Government’s announcement to boost funding for mental health services by £54m. The money will be used to improve availability of psychological therapies and increase the provision of services available to young people.

Mental health is one of the major public health challenges in Scotland. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people are affected by mental illness each year. Mental Health is a greater problem in Scotland than Obesity yet has been consistently overlooked in recent years.

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