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Someone is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Obesity is not of itself a protected characteristic for the purposes of the legislation.
The chief executive of the Charity Finance Group has said that charity pension issues need to be addressed before the “pension time bomb explodes and undermines the sector’s ability to raise funds.”
Hewitsons corporate team has recently acted for the Michingan-headquarted firm ProQuest in the acquisition of Hertfordshire based company Pi2 Solutions Ltd and its US subsidiary Pi2 Solutions LLC - an industry leader in product literature databases, workflow tools and related outsourcing services for global pharmaceutical companies.
A recent survey by D M C reports that only 36% of those surveyed have made a Will, although 80% believed all adults should have one – to avoid future disputes. They are right, it is a practical step that we all need to take to help those we will leave behind. If you haven’t “got round” to making ( or updating) your Will, please contact the following:
On 3 April 2014, the Department for Education published new statutory guidance for schools - including those in the independent sector - on safeguarding, entitled Keeping Children Safe in Education. It replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (December 2006). Schools will have to check that their practices and policies comply with the new guidance.
The Intellectual Property Act 2014 ("the Act"), which received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014, is intended to introduce improvements in design and patent protection in the UK and to protect patents and design rights which between them are estimated to be worth £31 billion per annum to the UK economy. In addition, the Act also provides for ratification by the UK of a European wide United Patent Court ("UPC").