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Employment Law changes in 2019

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2019 will be a year of change for employers and it is vital that companies are prepared in order to avoid potential tribunal claims against them. Chris Greep, Employment Solicitor, reviews the key updates we can expect to see in the next 12 months....

What is the Executive Pay Ratio Report?

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The requirement for companies with over 250 employees to annually produce a Gender Pay Gap Report came into force this year, with much publicity around its implementation and subsequent results. The same attention has not been given yet however to the...

Feeling forced to resign; what is constructive dismissal?

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Chris Greep, Employment Solicitor, explains the situations where a constructive dismissal claim may be an option, the steps you can take before you resign and how to proceed in your claim if things do not improve.

Mental Health Awareness Week; what employers need to know

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Mental Health Awareness Week begins today, Monday 14th May, and serves as an opportunity for employers to revisit current practices and confirm if their policy and culture match up to best practice. The taboo of talking about mental health has started to shift, following several high-profile campaigns, but many employers are keeping quiet and avoiding conversations with staff, even though they have legal responsibilities and it’s been shown to improve the bottom line.

What are my responsibilities as an employer for my transgender employees?

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Gender and gender reassignment are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010; this protection applies to transgender employees at any stage of transition, including those who are ‘proposing to undergo, undergoing or have undergone’ a process.

Celebrations as Trainee Solicitor qualifies into Employment Law Team!

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Tuesday 1st May is an important day for Chris Greep, who has been a Warner Goodman Trainee Solicitor for the last 18 months, as this is the day he becomes a Solicitor.

Are Credit Card surcharges really banned?

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As from 13th January 2018 businesses are no longer able to charge a consumer for payments made by credit card or debit card.

All is fair in equal pay?

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Recent months have seen numerous news stories revolving around equal pay, with the BBC notably coming under fire for inequality in pay between the sexes. With the Gender Pay Gap Report deadline looming on 4th April 2018 (which is when all employers with 250 or more employees are required to report their gender pay gap and bonus details) this is not the last of the stories we will see.

What will the key employment law cases be in 2018?

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Employment law had an eventful 2017 and this is set to continue in 2018. We review here some of the key cases we can expect to see appealed in 2018 and what this will mean for employers.

New deadlines for the People with Significant Control regime

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Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations on 26 June 2017, businesses need to be aware of important new deadlines under the People with Significant Control (PSC) Regime.

How much compassionate leave should employees receive?

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Social media company, Facebook, has recently upgraded their compassionate leave policy for their employees if either an immediate or extended family member dies, as well as time off for sick relatives. Chris Greep in the Employment team, here reviews their new policy and advises employers about their own compassionate leave policies.

Blue Monday highlights the real problem of depression in the workplace

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Today is Blue Monday, a day statistically proven to be the most depressing day of the year as factors such as the weather, debt overflowing from Christmas and the fact many of us have already failed our New Years Resolutions worry us.

Will the New Year mean a new career?

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A New Year makes us all think about resolutions; some of us join a gym to get fit, some of us may wish to volunteer more, and apparently one in three of us would like to start a new career or change jobs.

Dismissal in the world of agency employers and employees

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A recent case has shown the tricky line that exists between agency employers and employees when it comes to dismissal, and whether dismissal can be implied by the agency finding no more work for the employee once one assignment ends.

Three Paralegals begin their training at Warner Goodman LLP!

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Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman LLP, is delighted to announce their three new trainees; Chris Greep, Gina McCadden and Dan Coleman who were all Paralegals with the firm up until September 2016 when they started their Recognised Period of Training.

The ACAS Code of Practice: Ill health

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The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) had to decide if the ACAS Code of Practice regarding Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures applied to an ill heath dismissal where there was no evidence of poor performance.

An employers' duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees

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In a recent case heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal Mr Carreras (the Claimant) brought a claim for constructive dismissal and disability discrimination after his employer failed to make reasonable adjustments for his disability

University hikes salaries for female employees to address gender pay gap

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The University of Essex has given female professors a one-off salary increase to align their salaries with their male counterparts. Data analysis by the Times Higher Education has shown that full-time female academics are paid 11% less than men

Is flexible leave the right way forward for your workplace?

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A New Zealand bank has introduced a policy allowing employees time off work to look after pets. Offered on a case-by-case basis, this new benefit allows animal-lovers similar rights to parents and carers, by enabling them to attend medical appointments, settle in the house and new surroundings and attend emergencies.

How would a law banning out-of-hours work emails affect your workplace?

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As a new law in France has been passed giving workers the legal right to ‘disconnect’ from workplace emails, we look at what this could mean if a similar law was rolled out in the UK.

Enforcing restrictive covenants in employment contracts

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In the recent case of Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton the High Court rejected an employer’s application to enforce the terms of a restrictive covenant contained within a contract of employment.

Discrimination against trade union members causes confusion in employment tribunals

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To mark the start of #Heartunions week, we look at the precautions an employer must take when dealing with an employee involved in union activity. Trade unions play a very important role in many workplaces, often campaigning for better working conditions and employee rights, and offer staff opportunities to get involved in workplace politics.

Warner Goodman weighs in on employers' ability to monitor private messages

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Employees across the country are today warned to reconsider using their employer’s communications systems and their working time to send personal messages after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that companies could monitor workers’ communications online.

The Golden Rules of your Employee Handbook

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These are all reasons why keeping your staff content is crucial, and if a situation arises where there is a problem, having an up to date and complete employee handbook is an essential way to support your decisions and procedures, and potentially keep you away from an Employment Tribunal.

A Weighty Issue

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Chris Greep from our Employment Team here reviews a recent case considering obesity as a disability and whether employees have the right to bring a claim for weight related disability discrimination.

Do zero hours contracts mean zero benefits?

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In the last few weeks zero hours contracts have been in the focus of the media following the publication of various statistics which demonstrated that they are far more widely used than previously thought. In particular, statistics were released showing that workers on zero hours contracts earn, on average, £6 an hour less and that there are more than a million workers on zero hours contracts.