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Employment Law - what's on the horizon for 2023?

Sue Hatton
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In many respects, sadly not all positive, we will look back on 2022 as a memorable year with the Ukraine war, record heatwaves, Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, death of Queen Elizabeth II, three Prime Ministers, numerous changes of cabinet ministers,...

New Year, New Job? What you need to know about Restrictive Covenants

Peter Brady
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New Year, New Job?  What you need to know about Restrictive Covenants Before you rush into any decisions about changing your job, it’s worth checking that your existing contract does not include any restrictive covenants. Employees often forget...

Avoiding Christmas Party Pitfalls

Kate Johnson
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or is it? As works Christmas parties are now in full swing, here are some things employers should be aware of and some the top tips for a successful evening. The work Christmas party can be seen as an...

Second job - what you need to know

Kate Johnson
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The increased cost of living has led many more people to take on second jobs to make ends meet. What should you know about your employment rights if you are thinking of taking on a second job? First of all, check your current employment contract in case...

Ruling on holiday for term-time workers

Kate Johnson
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The Supreme Court has ruled yesterday that employees that only work for part of the year, such as term-time workers, are entitled to the same holiday pay as colleagues working all year.  The appeal in the case of Harpur Trust (Appellant) v Brazel...

"Half-dead Dave" discrimination

Kate Johnson
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“Half-dead Dave” – a derogatory age-related epithet amounts to discrimination Research shows that the number of Employment Tribunal claims observing Respondents utilising the label “banter” as a justification for alleged...

Pregnancy related dismissal costs firm £185,000

Kate Johnson
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In the case of Miss R Richardson -v- James Fisher Nuclear Limited, an Employment Tribunal awarded a Claimant the gross sum of £185,000 to compensate her for being dismissed shortly after announcing her pregnancy.  Miss Richardson was employed by...

'Good girl' amounts to harassment

Kate Johnson
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Calling an employee a "good girl" amounts to harassment. In the case of Fricker -v Gartner UK Limited the Employment Tribunal held that calling an employee (who is in their late 30s) a “good girl” and “fat” constituted...

Menopause at work - advice for employers

Kate Johnson
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Menopause in the workplace - why is this topic so important? Well, put quite simply, we have an ageing workforce and women are representing a greater demographic of positions. This means that, technically, half of your workforce can be leading up to, or...

Cuts to sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Kate Johnson
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Ikea, Next and Morrisons cut enhanced sick pay for unvaccinated employees who need to self-isolate Ikea, Next and Morrisons have all publicly announced big changes to their contractual enhanced sickness policies, directly impacting unvaccinated employees. ...

ET rules fear of catching Covid not philosophical belief

Sue Hatton
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A recent Employment Tribunal considered a claim from a woman who refused to return to work for fear of catching Covid-19. The tribunal found that her fear of catching Covid 19 and her need to protect herself and others is not a philosophical belief for...

Menopause discrimination at work

Kate Johnson
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Employment solicitor Kate Johnson explains how employers should take steps to avoid menopause discrimination in the workplace, and offers advice to those experiencing menopause related discrimination at work.

When things go wrong at the Christmas Party

Peter Brady
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What happens when things go wrong at the company Christmas party and what does vicarious liability have to do with it? Vicarious liability is a legal principle that can result in an employer being liable for the wrongful acts of its employees. Every...

Menopause and the workplace

Kate Johnson
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Menopause related Employment Tribunal cases on the increase. What should employers do to help women in the workplace. Kate Johnson, Employment Solicitor, gives her view... 

COVID 19 Compulsory vaccinations

Peter Brady
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What is the current legislation around Covid19 in Employment? Can employers request the vaccine status of employees? Can an employer require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? Employment solicitor Peter Brady considers some of the issues around Covid 19 in thw workplace.

 

What is a Settlement Agreement?

Peter Brady
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Peter Brady explains Settlement Agreements, why you need legal advice and what they cost

Can you ban a religious headscarf in the workplace?

Kate Johnson
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Can an employer justify a ban on religious headscarf in the workplace? In the recent case of IX -v- WABE, the European Court of Justice (“the ECJ”) held that a ban on wearing Islamic headscarves at work can only be justified if it applies to...