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Employment and BLHR team

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The Employment and BLHR team listens to the needs and objectives of our clients, whether they are individuals seeking advice about their employment or a potential claim or a business needing guidance on how to resolve a situation with an employee. Our advice is commercial and pragmatic whilst taking into account the legalities. 

All members of the team are happy to discuss the background of your situation over the telephone for an initial 15 minutes, at no cost, to see if the matter is something we can assist with and if future costs are worthwhile for you.

Julie Temple
    • Julie Temple

    • Partner, Head of BLHR and Employment Team
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COVID-19: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

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The Chancellor announced on 26 March 2020 direct cash grants to the self-employed. This is 80% of the average monthly trading profit over the last three years and up to £2,500 per month for at least 3 months. About the...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employees

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Entitlement to pay and sick pay If you are ready, willing and able to work but for whatever reason are not provided with work or are sent home you are, in principle, entitled to full pay. If you are unwell you will...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employers

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Entitlement to pay and sick pay If an employee is ready, willing and able to work, but for whatever reason the employer does not provide them with work or sends them home they are, in principle, entitled to full pay....

Extension of IR35 postponed

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced on 17 March 2020 that the extension of the off-payroll working rules and IR35 will be postponed to 6 April 2021 . Broadly, IR35 was introduced to ensure that those who worked like employees paid broadly the...

Increased compensation limits for employment tribunals

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From 6 April 2020, new increased compensation limits for employment tribunals will come into force. Under the provisions of the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019, the increases include a revised figure of £538 (currently £525) for...

Reforms to the off-payroll working rules

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Government, on 27 February 2020, confirmed the reforms to the off-payroll working rules will be introduced from 6 April 2020. Nothing new there then. It has already been announced that the changes will apply only to services provided on or after 6 April...

Coronavirus guidance for employers

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The Prime Minister has said coronavirus could spread 'significantly' and, potentially, a fifth of the workforce could be off sick at its peak. I understand the situation is of growing concern to individuals and employers alike. At work, both...

Parental leave decision

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Last year, in the case of Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than a woman received whilst on maternity leave. Hextall asked for permission to...

Garden leave and restrictive covenants

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Just over a year ago, I worked my last day at a firm I had worked at for 13 years. I had given notice and, in accordance with my contract, I was put on garden leave. I wasn’t able to say goodbye to clients how I wanted. I wasn’t able to hand...

Relationships in the workplace - what are your rights?

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According to news reports, McDonalds has fired its chief executive for having a relationship with an employee. This relationship was in breach of its policy on conflict of interest. The reports don’t give any details about the other employee, but they...

Are you liable for your employees out of hours?

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A recent case concluded that a business was not liable for a private social media post made by an employee out of hours and using their own equipment. We discussed the implications of this case at recent HR Forums and the reaction was, it’s fair to...

Banning out-of-hours email 'could harm employee wellbeing'

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The University of Sussex has recently reported that banning out-of-hours email could actually be more harmful to some employees. They concluded, as I suspect most will have anticipated, that preventing access to work emails out of hours may help some but...

Supporting employees in the LGBT community

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In recent times, gender pay, sexual harassment and especially mental health in the workplace have been under the spotlight for good reason and with positive effect. However, there is always more to be done and always other things which are just outside or...

Presenteeism - an increasing challenge for employers

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Two recent reports, one by Vitality in January 2019 and one by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in April 2019, have highlighted increases in so-called “presenteeism”. Presenteeism refers to employees attending...

Women in law: Progression to Partner

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Julie Temple , Partner and Head of BLHR and Employment team at Birkett Long, tells us about her career in law, what has changed, and what needs to continue. When did you start your career in law? My career in law began when I started at Birkett Long...

Annual increases to family leave and sick pay

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The following payment increases are expected to take effect from: 6 April 2019: statutory sick pay from £92.05 to £94.25 per week. 7 April 2019; statutory maternity pay, paternity pay, shared...

Protection against redundancy for expectant and new parents

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On 25 January 2019, the government launched a consultation on plans to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination. This is part of a series of measures being considered following the so-called Taylor Review. The consultation proposes to require...

Cyclist failed to prove she was an employee or worker

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There has been an increasing number of high-profile cases in recent years considering whether individuals are employees, workers or self-employed. Most have gone in favour of the individual, lending some weight to the idea (which has increasing support in my...

Regulations coming into force

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The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into force on 6 April 2020. The Regulations implement some changes recommended in the ‘Good Work Plan’ published on 17 December 2018. So...