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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.

Reggie Lloyd
 

Employment Tribunal and Legal Expenses Insurance

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Employees who have been dismissed, discriminated against or who are in dispute with their employers may be able to make a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Tribunals were first established in the 1960’s to provide a forum for employers and employees...

Vaccines to become compulsory for care home staff

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There have been more than 40,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the care sector in England and it has been reported that the Government will announce, in the next few days, that COVID-19 vaccinations will be compulsory for staff in care homes for elderly people...

Covid-19 health and safety in the workplace

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An employee is entitled to make a claim under section 100(1)(d) and (e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 if they are dismissed for exercising a right to leave the workplace, or to take steps to protect themselves, where they reasonably believe there is...

ASOS deal - what happens to the employees?

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In order to assist the rescue of failing businesses, the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) include specific insolvency provisions which allow transferees of insolvent businesses greater flexibility than would otherwise be the case. Where...

How is notice pay calculated during furlough?

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Employers may be considering making redundancies and employees may be notified that they are to be made redundant. Both will be keen to understand what payment they should receive if the employee is on furlough. If you have any questions relating to...

COVID-19 sick pay for employers

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The reclaim scheme put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic for some organisations to reclaim statutory sick pay is now live (26 May 2020). Broadly, employers who had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020, are eligible to reclaim up to two...

COVID-19 - returning to work and the next steps

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The Government set out revised guidance on 10 May 2020. It said where employees could do so they should work from home but where that was not possible employers are encouraged to get employees back to work in a safe environment. If employers are...

Return from Furlough

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Government has said that it is important for businesses to carry on during this crisis. Some businesses are starting to reopen or seeing workload increase and looking to employees to return to the workplace, having worked from home or been on furlough under...

Being on furlough and family leave

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Furlough before leave New regulations came into force on 25 April 2020. An individual on furlough and receiving less than normal pay during part or all of the relevant period, for the purposes of calculating statutory maternity pay, (or...

New points-based immigration system

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Following Brexit, there will be changes to the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and a points-based immigration system, applying equally to EU and non-EU citizens, will be introduced. Under...

Can employees refuse to return to work because of COVID-19?

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Some employees may be concerned about being required to work, or being asked to return to work, during the COVID-19 crisis. This is especially as the Secretary of State said that COVID-19 posed a serious and immediate threat to health on 10 February 2020. ...

The Coronavirus Act

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On 25 March 2020 the Coronavirus Act became law. One of its purposes is to ease the burden of frontline staff, both within the NHS and beyond. It provides for Emergency Volunteer Leave. The Act sets out a new statutory right for workers...

Tupe applies to workers as well as employees

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The definition of 'employee' in TUPE is "an individual who works for another person whether under a contract of service or apprenticeship or otherwise..." In a judgement published yesterday, an employment tribunal held that the Acquired...

How much for legal advice on a settlement agreement?

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Often queries are raised when a solicitor is asked to sign a settlement agreement and they give a fee quote of £500 or more to do that work. It is sometimes assumed that the solicitor merely has to “rubber stamp” the agreement by signing...

Automatic unfair dismissal

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In most cases an employee must have acquired 2 years’ continuous service before they can make a claim for unfair dismissal. This is commonly known as “ordinary” unfair dismissal. However, there are over 25 exceptions to that rule where an...

Professionals and a no-deal Brexit

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“Exit day” is 29 March 2019. If a no-deal Brexit occurs, professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinary surgeons, midwives, pharmacists and architects who qualified in the European Economic Area (EEA) and work in the UK and...

The National Minimum Wage

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In July, the gov.uk website stated that a record 22,400 workers would receive millions in back pay. Employers who pay workers less than NMW must pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates and face financial penalties of up to 200%...

National Minimum Wage (NMW)

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This month has seen two significant National Minimum Wage (NMW) issues in the headlines. On 6 July the gov.uk website stated that a record 22,400 workers would receive millions in back pay and on 13 July the Court of Appeal in Mencap and Tomlinson-Blake...

Gig economy - workers' rights to be enforced

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In response to last year's Taylor Review into working practices, the government has promised an overhaul of employment rights to improve conditions for those in the gig economy. The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, said the measures would "address...

Mental health and the workplace

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In October 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Health published a review of mental health and employers. The review was written by Paul Farmer (the chief executive of Mind) and Dennis Stevenson (the former HBOS chair). They...

NON COMPETE CLAUSES

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Businesses should protect themselves with a review of restrictive covenants regularly, to make sure they are appropriate to the role which the employee is carrying out. Businesses often put restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses in contracts of...

Lodge your tribunal claim now!

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Many claimants will have been put off from issuing a Tribunal claim because of the fee to be paid. Tribunal fees were abolished in July by the Supreme Court, which held that the imposition of fees was unlawful. It is highly likely that...

PHE commissioned the ONS to analyse suicide statistics

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Public Health England (PHE) is an agency of the Department of Health, with a brief to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner. PHE is responsible for making the public healthier and reducing...

Offering an apprenticeship? - Be careful!

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From 1 April 2017 it will be a criminal offence for a business, when providing or offering a course or training, to describe it as an apprenticeship when it is not a statutory apprenticeship. The Government wishes to protect the term...

Boy's tragic death entirely preventable

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A care company based in Kettering has been fined £80,000 after a 16-year-old boy drowned at a disused quarry on a day trip. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, it was also ordered to pay...

Pawternity Leave

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A recent television programme set out to demonstrate that employees who took their pets to work performed better. A recent survey undertaken by a pet insurance company found that 1 in 20 new pet owners were offered time off work to look after a sick or a...

Sports Direct National Minimum Wage

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Sports direct has been branded a bad advert for British business in a debate in the House of Commons and MPs are calling on HMRC to investigate. A Guardian investigation into working practices showed some of the staff were earning less than the national...

Zero Contract Hours are back in the news

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The government has just published the draft Exclusivity Terms in Zero-Hours Contracts Regulations and Guidance on zero hours contracts aimed at employers. The main thrust of the Regulations to prevent the individual doing other work for a different...

Mourinho Faces Legal Claim From Eva Carneiro

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It has been reported that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC are to be sued by Eva Carneiro for constructive dismissal and it seems sex discrimination. What is noteworthy about this case is that it is based on an incident where a football player, Eden Hazard, was...

Subway worker trapped in fridge overnight

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The BBC reported that a worker was trapped in a walk-in refrigerator overnight for 8 hours . Her employers admitted breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay over £2,000 in court costs. It seems...

Firm faith - letting God run your company

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From a recent BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33405579 it seems that, before a Chinese real estate company’s board makes important decisions they pray to God; the chairman saying that it is not him but God who is running the...

Newsflash: Unison's challenge of tribunal fees rejected by High Court

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Unison’s challenge to the lawfulness of the introduction of tribunal fees is rejected by the High Court. The Court said that proceedings will be expensive but not to the extent that bringing claims will be virtually impossible or excessively difficult....

"Just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love"

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Many taxpayers will despair at the news that the European Court of Human Rights has ordered the UK Government to present formal statements in four religious discrimination cases that have already gone through the English Employment Tribunals and Courts. ...

Don't waste your time!

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Employees thinking about taking their employer or ex employer to a tribunal should get legal advice on the merits (and potential value) of their claim from a qualified lawyer first. This would weed out the majority of weak cases or at least increase the...