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Residential Nil-Rate Band

6 April 2017 saw big changes to the way in which inheritance tax is applied to a residential property forming part of a deceased person’s estate.  The government introduced a new residential nil rate band (RNRB) which starts at £100,000.00 for the 2017/18 tax year and will increase by £25,000.00 each tax year until 2020/21 when it will have reached £175,000.00.

You're fired!

You might remember when AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong, came under media scrutiny in 2013 for firing an employee in front of around 1,000 staff, which was recorded and leaked. Having to dismiss a member of staff is never a pleasant experience, but there is a best practice you can aspire to and a wealth of online resources to help you.

But first, let’s take a look at the worst approaches to dismissal!

Don't Suffer in Silence

You may have seen across social media the female cyclist that was catcalled by a man in a van as she commuted through London. The unnamed female was verbally abused by the man for refusing to hand out her number, the man called out “You on your period?” from outside his van window.

Civil Partnerships for Heterosexual Couples?

In a  challenge to the ruling that only same-sex couples could enter into a  civil partnership, Rebecca Steinfeld  and Charles Keidan, objected to the  "patriarchal baggage of  marriage"  and  wanted  to secure  legal  recognition  of their seven  year  relationship  by entering into a civil partnership. They argued that the Government's position on civil partnerships is "incompatible with equality law".

Things Will work out

An author wouldn’t write a book without planning it first. A potential employee wouldn’t turn up to a job interview without doing some research on the company. A pregnant woman wouldn’t wait until her child was born before realising that she doesn’t have a place for the baby to sleep. In all walks of life, a well thought out, researched plan is needed to ensure things are done correctly.


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