Legal News

Transfer to Community

Date: November 04, 2019 by idu-net

We are pleased to announce that the IDU membership have approved the transfer to Community.   The official independent reports from the Electoral Reform Society are published below. Please note, there are two parts to the report, one which includes all IDU members and the other which excludes members with under one year membership of …

Changes to employment law in the pipeline?

Date: October 08, 2019 by idu-net

At the end of 2018, the government published its Good Work Plan, setting out what it described as “the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”. Several proposals have been put out to consultation which could, if implemented, substantially update employment legislation in Great Britain. This article summarises some of the key proposals. …

Rented homes fit to live in

Date: September 02, 2019 by idu-net

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 was given Royal Assent in December 2018 and came into force on 20 March 2019 – the “commencement date”.   The new Act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that both social and privately rented properties in England and Wales meet certain standards – …

A Decree Absolute is not the absolute end

Date: August 02, 2019 by idu-net

UK law regards the actual divorce itself to be the main issue and resolving the financial aspects is considered “ancillary” to that. In reality of course, the main dispute in any divorce is usually over the question of the division of assets and income.  However, most people would assume that the grant of a Decree …

Can I be chased for overpayments if I’ve left the company?

Date: July 03, 2019 by idu-net

Fraudulent attempts to “massage” expenses or any deliberate attempt to “con” the firm out of cash cannot be justified in any circumstances, however happy mistakes (for the employee at least) sometimes happen. Despite rigorous payroll and HR processes, sometimes you might wind up with more than usual in your pay packet or expenses. Of course …

What’s the difference between periodical and interim payments?

Date: June 12, 2019 by idu-net

If you’ve been involved in a legal claim for compensation following personal injury or medical negligence the settlement sum (whether agreed by negotiation of determined by a court) isn’t a windfall – it is to ensure that your needs are met now and in the future.   The aim of any compensation award is generally …

Latest HSE statistics reminder of workplace hazards

Date: May 14, 2019 by idu-net

The latest statistics on health and safety at work for the year 2017/18 are a sobering reminder of just how dangerous certain occupations can be and the continued need for employer vigilance and compliance with measures designed to protect their workforce from harm.   Headline figures   The stand out headline figures in this latest …

Asbestos-related lung cancer claims and smoking

Date: April 01, 2019 by idu-net

  Asbestos is certainly a potential cause of lung cancer but around 85% of all lung cancers are believed to be caused by smoking. Many people therefore believe that making some sort of claim for compensation that will help them in easing the effects of their illness is not worth making, since they think a …

Support for life – not just the claim

Date: March 07, 2019 by idu-net

  Leysa Jane Hardy is not an IDU member, but her case is a good example of the expertise and lifetime support IDU members can draw on in similar unfortunate circumstances.  Paul Ashurst tells how she got the help she needed.     Leysa was involved in an atrocious road traffic accident that left her …

A brief guide to buying a home

Date: February 06, 2019 by idu-net

Through IDU Legal, union members have access to one of the largest law firms to be accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.  A firm that has helped more people move home throughout Great Britain than any conveyancing solicitors and has been the preferred conveyancing partner of consumer organisation Which? since 2016. So they …