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Is the Queen going to give you a day off on Monday?

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Southgate employment law it's coming home

Helen Murphie, Partner in the Employment Team at Royds Withy King said: “It is possible for a bank holiday to be appointed by Royal Proclamation at short notice in an emergency or special situation.”

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Relaxed immigration rules for migrant doctors and nurses: a boost to the NHS and care sector?

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Passport

The skills shortage hitting the NHS has triggered a relaxation of some immigration rules for doctors and nurses coming to the UK to work. The changes which will come into effect on 6 July 2018 will also affect migrant doctors and nurses in the private sector. This is welcome news for care providers with nursing care services as there is a significant shortage of nurses in the sector.

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Does your employer have to review their dress code policy in hot weather?

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hot weather dress code

In extreme weather, you may feel that your employer should issue a more relaxed dress code policy. But what are your rights as an employee, and is there anything that your employer should be ensuring?

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GDPR: last-minute tips

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25 May is nearly upon us. Tomorrow, the new regulation will come into force and affect organisations across all sectors, but the journey to compliance is not yet over for many businesses. If you are not ready, or are not sure, what are the key points that you should be thinking about now?

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An unlawful pay freeze costs Council thousands of pounds in compensation

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Nottingham City Council faces a huge pay out to its staff after imposing an unlawful freeze on wages. The Court of Appeal ruled that the Council could not rely on the defence that the workers had implicitly agreed to a variation to their employment contract and waived any breach by continuing to work for two years after the pay freeze.

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Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

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The reality is that all employees are likely to suffer with their mental health during the course of their working lives; as they juggle work alongside their ever changing personal and family commitments.

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Subject access requests

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In the sixth blog in our series on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Kate Benefer, employment partner and Emma Banister Dean, partner in our Dispute Resolution team, look at subject access requests and how they can affect your business.

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How shared parental leave could help reduce the gender pay gap

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Demographic

Gender pay, equality and fairness in the workplace are all hot topics, and a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case – Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali – sought to challenge the pay difference between maternity pay and shared parental pay (for shared parental leave).

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The Parental Bereavement Bill – here’s why it’s important

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Currently there is no legal requirement for employers in the UK to provide paid leave for grieving parents, but a new bill – currently in parliament – could change that. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s important.

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When ‘fired’ means ‘fired’

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We often stress the importance of communication and making sure that employees understand where they stand to our clients.
However, when faced with the difficult decision to dismiss, communication between the parties can often be confused and make a difficult situation worse.

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Too much immigration, or skills gap precipice?

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Immigration is a topic making media headlines on a regular basis. It is a key issue for the government to consider and something which affects both businesses and individuals.
Opinions are hugely divided regarding how immigration issues should be addressed, with the opposing Brexit campaigns being a recent and ongoing example of this.

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5 of the most common mistakes employers make with their employment contracts

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When things go wrong between an employer and an employee and the relationship breaks down, the deciding factor can often be; ‘what does the contract say?’

As experts in employment law we see many cases involving poor contracts and see examples where both employers and employees become a victim of a poorly considered contact.

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