Non-executive directors, unlike executive directors, are invited to sit on a board and participate in regular board meetings. They have access to the details of the business but are not actively involved in the running of operations. Non-executive directors, rather than being promoted into their position, are invited to oversee the running of the business from an objective perspective…Continue Reading
Marriage is commonly viewed as the joining together of two people who are in love. Although this is often the case, marriage also provides the couple with legal rights and status. But for same-sex couples, these rights and status cannot be acquired so smoothly. With the recent developments within civil union rights in Britain, we explore the difference between civil unions and same-sex marriage.Continue Reading
Whistle blowing is where an employee has a concern about danger or illegality that has a public interest aspect to it: usually because it threatens others (e.g. customers, shareholders or the public).
Research for the Institute of Business Ethics has shown that while one in four employees are aware of misconduct at work, more than half (52%) of those stay silent.
A whistle blowing system promotes staff being able to by-pass the direct management line because that may well be the area about which their concerns arise, and that they should be able to go outside the organization if they feel the overall management is engaged in an improper course.Continue Reading
For a dismissal to be fair the employer must not only have a valid reason for the dismissal, but must also act reasonably.
In a case in which the employee is suspected of a criminal offence, the real issue is whether the employer genuinely believed on reasonable grounds that the applicant was guilty of the offence in question and not, as in a criminal court, whether it is established beyond all reasonable doubt that the employee is guilty of the particular matter with which charged.Continue Reading
Coping with a family death is never easy, but if this death is without a Will (intestate) then the process of sorting inheritance can become complicated. If someone dies intestate then their property and assets are distributed according to the law. Although this may not appear complicated, this can be problematic and lead to an unsatisfactory distribution of assets.Continue Reading