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16 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

HR professionals – be proactive not reactive when it comes to sex discrimination claims

Posted by , Trainee Solicitor

In the last year there has been a 69 per cent jump in the number of sex discrimination claims brought to British employment tribunals in the year to March. The figures from the Ministry of Justice for the year 2018-19 showed that 9,340 claims were lodged at tribunal, up from 5,522 the previous year.

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26 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

The Good Work Plan – employment law overhaul or damp squib?

Posted by , Partner

The Good Work Plan outlines some “progressive” proposals to reform employment law within the UK. A number of the recommended policy changes would introduce laws that should afford employees and workers additional and extended protections during their working lives.

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3 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Our important update for employers: extension of ‘off-payroll working rules’ to the private sector from April 2020

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In April 2017 the public sector became subject to new “off-payroll working rules”. The government intends to extend these rules to the private sector with effect from 6 April 2020, and has recently entered into a period of consultation.

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18 December 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion, Technology & media

The GDPR and consent

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In the second blog in our series on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we explore the issue of consent and the GDPR.

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15 December 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Is Christmas just a celebration or can it be an employment law headache?

Posted by , Trainee Solicitor

Christmas party

With the festive season now in full swing, hopefully it’s only the repetitive Christmas music giving you a headache. However, without wanting to sound like Scrooge, you must be aware during the festivities of employment law issues that could cause an even bigger headache.

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17 November 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Employment & HR, Opinion

New report calls for action on pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Posted by , Partner

In January 2017, in response to a report from the Women and Equalities Committee,the Government committed to “strengthen existing protections and…to review the position in relation to redundancy” for pregnant employees. Faced with increasing requests for help to their advice line, the charity Maternity Action have produced a report which calls on the Government to urgently act on its commitment. What are the implications of this report for employers?

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14 July 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

A brave new world for workers’ rights, or a missed opportunity?

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businessman looks out at sunrise from office

Basic rights for all workers, clear rules, robust penalties for employers, and new tax laws for the self employed; all are key to a fair and modern work place according to a government commissioned report.

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12 July 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR

When employment disputes hit the headlines and the courts

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Employment law update

“Hounded from her job after a string of racist remarks … stress of it led to a miscarriage?” “Uber’s sexual harassment case shines a light on a start ups culture of defiance”

Headlines like these are the stuff of nightmares for corporate Boards and the last thing CEOs want to spend their time explaining to concerned shareholders. However, even in the best run organisations, claims with the potential to generate this type of publicity can be an occupational hazard.

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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Six top tips to help you manage disciplinary and grievance procedures

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Best practice guidance is readily available in the form of ‘Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures’ which sets a benchmark for employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints.

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24 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Reducing net migration: what can we expect?

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Business immigration

The Conservative Party pledged in their 2010 manifesto to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands”, to reach the levels seen in the 1990s. The target was then dismissed as fanciful, and was not achieved. Riding high on the Brexit wave, Prime Minister Theresa May has returned to the populist theme in the 2017 manifesto, asserting that reducing net migration from 273,000 to tens of thousands is “sustainable”. But how?

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16 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

When to performance manage employees – and the cost of leaving it too late

Posted by , Partner

It’s an all too familiar situation which many employers find themselves in. There’s an employee who hasn’t been performing for some time, they haven’t done anything drastically wrong, but they just aren’t up to scratch. The employer feels too uncomfortable to say anything – perhaps they are a long standing employee, a good friend or a difficult character. Or, the employer simply doesn’t find the time to address the situation and keeps putting it off. This goes on for a while until the employer decides enough is enough and dismisses the employee for poor performance.

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8 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Employment & HR, Opinion

What can we learn from Barclays boss’ hunt for a whistleblower?

Posted by , Trainee solicitor

The chief executive of Barclays, Jes Staley, is facing serious action after he sought to uncover the identity of an employee whistleblower last year with the assistance of a US law enforcement agency. In September 2016, the Finance Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed new rules on banks to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of whistleblowers. But Mr Staley claims his actions were an honest mistake and he was trying to protect the employee’s identity…are you convinced?

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