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    New EU Directives on Procurement

    The European Parliament has finally adopted three new procurement Directives to reform the public procurement regime.

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    National minimum wage – paying the (increased) penalty

    Employers who are not paying their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) – currently £6.31 per hour for workers over 21 - currently face a penalty of 50% of the total underpayment of the NMW (the minimum being £100 and the maximum being £5,000). Between 2012 and 2013, HMRC identified 736 employers who had failed to pay their workers the NMW. This led to the recovery of £3.9 million in unpaid wages for over 26,500 workers.

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    Political Beliefs and the Equality Act 2010

    As employers will be aware, the Equality Act 2010 ("the Act") prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment in the workplace in respect of religion, religious belief and philosophical belief (or lack of such beliefs).

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    Something old, something new, something borrowed… sign this pre-nup before ‘I do’

    In the course of the last year, my colleague in the Family Team, Alexis Miller, has spent probably as much time in the evenings and weekends on work associated with her role as a bridesmaid as she has in the office dealing with divorces and separations. She takes her role as bridesmaid seriously. As to whether she should give up the day job, you'd have to ask the brides involved.