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Employment

Managing Through Financial Distress – Redundancy

A recent report by Begbies Traynor, corporate recovery and insolvency experts, suggests that as many as 494,000 UK businesses are in significant financial distress. This number of almost half a million businesses is the highest in 16 years and 81% up on figures reported in 2016. This suggests that uncertainty over the political landscape, specifically Brexit, has played a major part in the commercial downturn.

Employment

Is it Time to Take Executive Search In-House?

Most organisations have well-drafted and rehearsed recruitment procedures and for 99 out of 100 vacancies this process works for you. But what about the executive hire? How do you ensure that you land the best possible candidate available for the package you have on offer? Do you outsource?

Employment

Increase in Disability Discrimination Cases

A recent research exercise commissioned by the Financial Times has identified an upturn in claims related to disability discrimination. As with other claim classifications disability cases fell away with the introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 but since their removal in late 2017 cases have steadily returned to previous levels. According to the latest statistics they have now surpassed those seen before 2013.

Employment

Ethical Veganism – a “philosophical belief”

Jordi Casamitjana claimed he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports because of his ethical veganism.  The employer however states that he was dismissed for gross misconduct and the ruling has no effective bearing on the decision to sack their Head of Policy & Research.

Employment

Testing…testing…1,2,3 – Employee Espionage

Technology has its role in the workplace, but should an employer be on the receiving end of its use if a phone or other device is used to secretly record meetings? 

Employment

Gig Update – Shift Sharers Entitled to Benefits

There’s been no shortage of Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions regarding employment status in the gig economy and we start the year with another: Stuart Delivery Ltd v. Mr Warren Augustine.

Employment

Be Present for Christmas – How to Manage a Works Party

December should provide an opportunity to reflect on the hard work of the year and have a little festive fun. Unfortunately, "fun" for a large proportion of the adult population, in this context, means one thing; the chance for a good session paid for by their employer.

Employment

Cutting Remarks [R Lovelady vs Daniel James Hair & Beauty]

A Colwyn Bay Hair Salon has failed in its defence of an unfair dismissal claim brought by an employee stylist due to the fact the employer was found to have pre-determined the outcome before fully investigating.

Employment

2020 Vision – The Upcoming Changes to Employment Law

Find out about important upcoming changes to Employment Law coming in 2020.

Employment

Over Half of UK Adults Will Work Past Retirement Age

Working Beyond Retirement – Research indicates over half of the UK working population would continue to work beyond their official retirement date.

Employment

Supermarket Sweep – ASDA Introduce New Employment Contracts

1000 staff are holding out against the Walmart owned supermarkets new terms. We look at the details and lessons we can learn from such a process.

Employment

You’re Joking, Not Another One!

Brenda from Bristol summed up the mood of the nation back in 2017, but now we’re truly in Groundhog Day territory with yet another Brexit Delay and General Election. We revisit the main points of concern for UK business.

Employment

Business Owners’ Peace of Mind through Employment Protection from Samuel Phillips Law

Samuel Phillips Law, with 100 years of legal experience behind it, offers an Employment Protection Scheme to cost-effectively and smoothly address complex issues, which could include employment tribunals. The scheme gives you peace of mind to focus on growing your business with easy access to local expert advice and support.

Employment

Holiday Pay and Permanent Part Year Workers

In the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust, the Court of Appeal recently ruled that the Working Time Regulation (WTR) approach to holiday pay, for permanent workers who only work part of the year, should be adopted and their leave allowance should not simply be pro-rated.

Employment

Claimant Takes a “Privileged” Position

In legal matters such as employment disputes and other forms of litigation the term of legal privilege occasionally rears its head. But what exactly is “legal privilege”?

Employment

Don’t Just Book It…Plan It

On the 5th July 1841 a young Mr Cook organised a rail excursion between Loughborough and Leicester taking passengers through the Leicestershire countryside, little knowing he was forming the World's first travel agency.

Employment

Brexit – The Final Countdown

They do say a week is a long time in politics...and boy after last week's political maelstrom they are not kidding. As it happens, we had prepared the following article ahead of the events and as we now know, matters have somewhat shifted.

Employment

The Importance of Discovering and Handling the Truth

What to do if an employee hides the true reason for their absences. In a recent case [A Ltd vs Z] an employee was highlighted as having a poor absence record and this fact was questioned by a new employer.

Employment

Pet-ernity Leave?

We are a nation of pet lovers, dogs, cats, ponies or pygmy bunnies. So, what happens when that longstanding pet passes and you’re left with a large or not so large hole in the family home?

Employment

Conducting the Perfect Interview

OK, in reality, it’s unlikely you’ll ever consider you’ve run a faultless interview. From preparation on your part to the odd dress sense of the candidate, something nearly always crops up.

Employment

Two Recent Employment Tribunal Cases

Here we explore two very recent cases where employers of well-known organisations have fallen foul of the procedural requirements necessary in circumstances they found themselves in.

Employment

Keeping Your Cool

Like Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis would testify, “some like it hot”; but unfortunately, not everyone and record-breaking high temperatures are raising some very serious concerns about the working environment.

Employment

Managing Mental Health at Work – PTSD

Unfortunately, with one in four of us likely to be impacted by some form of mental health problem in any one year the scale of the challenge remains huge.

Employment

Fixed Term Contracts – Own Goal or Winner?

Unusually for the Premier League Rafa Benitez, Newcastle United’s beloved manager, found himself coming towards the end of his three-year contract but without a firm offer that would entice him to stay.

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