Conservatives Looking At Ways To Increase Minimum Wage Payments

Soon the Conservative Party is expected to propose new ways which will lead to an increase of the minimum wage.

Sources that provided this information to BBC Newsnight, claim that the party was trying numerous different methods which would ensure people better wages.

One of the things which most probably be proposed is that companies paying their workers more than the minimum wage gain the possibility to pay lower taxes.

However, the Low Pay Commission insists on harsh and immediate actions. It demands an increase in the minimum wage as soon as possible and does not agree with the idea of lower taxes for businesses.

The government did not in fact like the mentioned approach so it is almost sure it will not come to pass.

The minimum wage is now £6.19 an hour and it is expected to rise to £6.31 in October. In the mean time, you can review our employment documents.

At the same time there will be serious welfare cuts from this autumn so the government wants to be sure people will in fact have the means in order to take care of themselves.

Other resources appeared claiming that minimum wage would not be changed soon but will probably stay at the list of priorities for the next Conservative manifesto.

In the opinion of part of the Conservatives most business bosses would be against such a new policy.

On the other hand, the people who are pro the new policies on the minimum wage said they hoped these would start functioning as soon as possible.

Figures show that the number of people who worked for the minimum wage in 2012 is 1.4 million.



May Announces Plans To Tackle Modern-Day Slavery

An announcement was made by the Home Secretary Theresa May, after which the UK government mentioned it would do everything possible in order to cope with the phenomenon known as modern-day slavery.

Soon the Parliament will vote new laws, the aim of which will be to stop the process of trafficking people into the UK and later making them slaves. I guess there are no employment documents for this.

“It has been a profound shock to discover the extent to which slavery has reappeared in our country,” commented May. “We can and we will eliminate it – providing everyone at every level of society does what they can to help. No man, woman or child should be left to suffer through modern slavery.”

Those known as gangmasters- people who provide many underpaid workers- will no longer be able to serve as ones, after being caught.

These will also have certain limits on their movement and the firms they own.

Another reform will be the appointment of a modern slavery commissioner whose task will be to watch closely if things go as planned.

While talking about the modern-day slavery, May announced that society and politics had to do everything possible in order to set such people free. She added that the number of people used as slaves will be reduced only when the people trafficking them were sent to jail.

One of the basic priorities of the freshly-formed National Crime Agency is to deal with human trafficking.

Labour also supported the future reforms but added these would not be enough so that things got better. However, it is a good beginning.

British Holidaymakers Fall Victim To Unfamiliar Laws Abroad

Unexpectedly many Britons who wished to spend their holidays abroad but did not made a prior research on the destination they had chosen, turned out to be on the wrong side of the law.

In the words of The Foreign Office the problems which British citizens had overseas were due to the fact that they did not know or did not want to adhere the laws and traditions of these countries. Some of the people were wearing camouflaged clothing, some were feeding pigeons, going to casinos and playing bingo or even chewing gum while being at the public transport.

About 25 percent of the UK citizens, who preferred unknown countries in order to relax, finished their tours at the local arrests of these countries and need to deal with lots of documents after.

Charles Hay, director of consular services, said: “Every year British nationals find themselves on the wrong side of the law unexpectedly, resulting in fines or in some cases arrests or even jail sentences”.

He reminded all the UK citizens that laws are not the same all around the world so when they go out of the UK they had better have this in mind otherwise they could be either fined or sent to jail.

If most of these people took the trouble to research the destination before they went there, they could have avoided them.

Tourists need to know that for example when going to Barcelona they should not go bare-chested or wear a bikini except at the city’s beaches. Laws in Venice forbid people to feed the pigeons.

However, researches show that only one in five people of those who go to foreign countries for their vacations, forget to examine the laws before their holiday.



Ryanair To Sue Channel 4 Over Dispatches Programme

The publishers of the Daily Mail and Channel 4 will most probably be sued by Ryanair because of assertions about the airline’s attitude towards safety.

Because of the documentary ‘Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit’ where the pilot John Goss mentioned the airline’s safety policy on the national television he was immediately sacked.See our range of Health and Safety Documents

The low budget airline stated: “We will not allow a Ryanair employee to defame our safety on national television”.

In their words only three weeks earlier Goss claimed he did not concern in any way about the safety of the airline.

Because of this, Ryanair stated they intended to take more serious libel action against Associated Newspapers Ltd, publisher of the Daily Mail.

Ryanair’s PR agency rejected to share the title, or titles, which will be the target of legal proceedings. Their spokeswoman came out with the words that they would not comment pending legal cases.

The legal representatives for Ryanair, Johnsons confirmed that the Dublin’s high court has already been hearing the cases on the matter.

The law firm said “We have been instructed to vigorously prosecute these libel proceedings”.

According to its representatives these allegations were far from the real situation.

All pilots working in Ryanair had the chance to read a memo describing the reasons for the dismissal of pilot John Goss.

Ryanair tried to assure everyone that safety is the most important thing for them and they always put it at first place.

Johnsons said passengers had nothing to worry about because according to their words Ryanair was working with the safest airlines in Europe and had a 29- year safety record.


Theresa May Accused Of Cover-Up Over Immigration Report

After it became evident that parts of a report into British border controls were hidden The Home Office was accused of covering these up.

Home Secretary Theresa May on her own redacted 15 sections of the report between the UK and France. These include statements of staff and managers in Calais on the insufficient amount of money allotted on resources. There was also a section describing the ‘Lille loophole’, because of which there were UK-bound Eurostar passengers who did not go thorough immigration checks.

The partial censoring of the report is thought to have happened because of the desire of Mrs. May to hide her mistakes.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said:

“This cover-up and the failure at our borders provide yet more dents in this Government’s much-tarnished credibility.”

He added he could find no other proper reason why the report had to be redacted by the highly-respected independent inspector. If you are concerned about employing immigrants from other countries, check our employment document templates

The opinion of UKIP leader Nigel Farage is that Home Office should in no way censor reports considering the operations of border security. As this has already happened this means that there is something they were most probably trying to hide.

The parts of the report which remained uncensored showed that illegal immigrants at Calais were taken no photographs or fingerprints because there were not enough cells where to detain them.

Another thing revealed by this report was that the Border Force, stationed at ports and airports, do not hand out the maximum fines to drivers and firms transporting illegal immigrants.


Minimum alcohol pricing: Five countries oppose Scottish drink plan

The plans of Scotland for minimum alcohol pricing were opposed by five European wine-producing nations.

France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria shared their opinion that such changes may turn out to be devastating on spirits industry. According to them such reforms would breach European free trade law.By the way, do you have our Alcohol and Drug policy.

However, Scottish government called the minimum pricing- “perfectly legal”.

Only Irish , out of 12 countries that have expressed their views, claims they have nothing against the minimum pricing.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), spiritsEUROPE and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins have already challenged in court the legality of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act.

The beginning was not hopeful- on 3 May the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that the minimum pricing law was legal. But SWA does not stop with its appeals against that decision.

An SWA spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Court of Session failed to give any consideration to the effect of minimum unit pricing on producers in other European Union member states.”

According to a senior Scottish government source the minimum price would not be applied within the next 12 months.

If the proposal is accepted a bottle of wine in Scotland with an alcoholic strength of 12.5% would cost at least £4.69.

Ministers stated that alcohol abuse problem will be solved to some extent with this law on the minimum price of alcohol.

Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil had many difficulties in persuading most of the EU member states that this law needed to be accepted.

Portuguese claimed this minimum pricing would be disastrous for many of the companies in the sector.

Lisbon considered such a law a discriminatory one because British manufacturers had higher production costs and higher prices than continental European wine-producers.

France pointed out that “the average price of a bottle of wine produced in the United Kingdom is higher than the average price of imported wine”.

Bulgaria said wine and spirit producers will have to face many obstacles.

Spain and Italy shared the views of the other countries opposing the law.


Poll Suggests Public Favour Government Press Regulation Plans

Due to a poll of YouGov the public likes more the idea about the government’s royal charter on press regulation compared to the alternative plan put forward by the industry.

About a half of those asked, answered they would give their support for the parliament-backed charter. The percentage of those who claimed they would rather back up the press’s proposals was only 13%.

The decision on press regulation is still not taken but 68% of people shared that in case newspaper publishers establish the new press regulation they would definitely not trust them.

Almost half of the people have said that if the press were able to implement their own model it would probably repeat the old cases with the well-documented unethical and illegal practices that took place.

People were also discontented with the time taken to put any system in place.

There were many hearings in 2011 and 2012 after the Leveson Inquiry was conducted through a series of public hearings in.

According to Lord Leveson the Press Complaints Commission needed to be replaced by a new body with fresh powers.

Certain sectors of the press did not like the recommendation, thinking it would have a chilling effect on free speech.By the way do you know about our free legal documents?

Director of the Media Standards Trust Martin Moore said: “This poll shows that the public are in favour of tougher press regulation and have little faith in the system being proposed by publishers. They back the parliamentary charter, and want it to be implemented as soon as possible.”


Barclays Hit With $453m Fine By US Energy Regulators

Barclays were fined $453m (£300m) because they have been manipulating electricity prices.

The UK bank was given 30 day in order to pay back the profits they gained of the manipulated prices in California and other US states.

The Financial Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said that their actions “demonstrate an affirmative, coordinated and intentional effort to carry out a manipulative scheme”.

The regulators built their case on evidence acquired from electronic communications between traders. They were caught boasting their ability to manipulate market in many messages.By the way, did you check our business document templates?

Barclays, on the other hand, said they were disappointed by the action of FERC as according to their words there was nothing they had to be fined for. They added they would defend themselves and their reputation.

Trading for which they are accused of took place between November 2006 and December 2008.

The FERC expressed their concerns due to the fact that Barclays did not try to remedy them.

In spite of this, Barclays claimed they were acting legitimately, and in “compliance with applicable law”.

In the recent years there are always scandals around Barclays.

In 2012, UK and US regulators fined them £290m because they had tried to manipulate interest rates  and earn money from the borrowing of million people around the world.

FERC was praised by Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the message they send to traders and banks. In his words customers should stop living with the feeling that traders are “stacking the deck against them to rack up unjust profits”.


Retail sales rise 0.2% after discounting by department stores

Because of the department store discounts in June retail sales in the UK rose by 0.2% compared to the previous month which meant about 2.2% higher than sales in the previous year. Please check our sales and purchase agreement template.

According to analysts consumers buy more due to the good weather so the growth in retail sales has to continue.

“The weather will have lifted consumers’ spirits and willingness to spend, as will a recent series of positive economic indicators including increased housing activity, stable inflation and a small rise in lending,” said Ian Geddes, UK head of retail at Deloitte.

For June sales have grown with 3% which is the highest growth since March 2012.

Clearance sales and different promotions helped the department stores sell their goods faster.

A growth in the sector by 0.9% is expected by the ONS for the second quarter of the year.

About 5.7% of economy is based on retail industry.

ONS announced that supermarkets’ food sales fell in June by 0.1% and non-food stores grew by 0.6%.

Unfortunately consumers still do not spend much money because of the inflation and the fact that their wages do not change for better.

Data show that the annual rate of inflation rose to 2.9% in June, and annual wage growth was 1% in the three months to May 30.

In the words of Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, the second quarter of the year was extremely good for retail sales and the rate of growing would rise almost twice.

“The data add to evidence that the pace of economic recovery has clearly picked up since earlier in the year, and there are encouraging signs that momentum will be sustained as we move into the second half of 2013.”


NHS Considering Measures To Increase Number Of Organs Donated

NHS Blood and Transport plans changes considering organ donors. Data show that only 57% of families allow the donation of the organs of their relatives.

Usually this happens because the family does not know what exactly would their loved ones prefer to happen to their organs.

The goal of NHSBT is to increase the mentioned percent up to 80%.

It claims organ donation will soon go through a revolution as the number of donors will increase unprecedented. May be people should be encouraged to formally acknoledge their last will, concerning what will happen to their organs. Who know, we might need do draft legal documents for it.

The number of people who died last year in the UK and their organs were donated is 1,212 and those on the waiting list for transplant are 7,300. This means many people have no chance at all.

The Organ Donor Register has 19,5 million people but the organs of most of them will die in such a way which will make their organs unusable.

According to NHSBT the number of those waiting for transplantations will most probably increase for the future.

Singapore and Israel use a system after which registered organ donors are given priority on the waiting list. UK also considers such a strategy as a way to increase the number of organs being donated.

Last week Welsh voted a system after which deceased people will automatically donate their organs unless while alive they have chosen not to.

“When a family says no to donation it means someone’s hopes of a life-saving transplant are dashed,” said Dr Paul Murphy, from NHSBT. “They need to understand the consequences of refusal.”

In the view of Sally Johnson, also from NHSBT people did not have to burry their organs in case they could save somebody else’s life.