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Employer responsibilities for volunteer workers

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There are some organisations that depend on volunteer workers to survive, such as charities and fundraising bodies. Employers need to be aware that recruiting volunteer workers comes with certain regulations that must be met. Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, here explains the legal obligations for employers to stay on the right side of the law, and how they can support charitable organisations in doing so.

Warner Goodman announced as finalists for the Venus Awards Hampshire!

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Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman, are delighted to announce that they are finalists for the Company of the Year category in the Venus Awards Hampshire 2017.

Warner Goodman Employment support Two Saints Big Get Together

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Homelessness is a continuing concern within Hampshire, and unfortunately numbers carry on rising with each year. Figures released early in 2017 from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that in 2016, 4,134 people a night were forced to sleep rough across England; an increase of 16% from 2015.

How to manage employment related Data Subject Access Requests

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Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) are becoming more prevalent, and while there is currently a maximum fee of £10 to make a request, under new data protection rules, namely GDPR, they will be free of charge in the future.

Is your business ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

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According to a recent survey by City & Guilds, only 33% of employers liable to pay the new apprenticeship levy are aware of the plans, with 28% unsure about whether it would impact their business.

Premier League signing for Warner Goodman

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Leading law firm Warner Goodman has made a key signing ahead of the new Premier League season with Southampton Football Club joining its employment law portfolio.

Lawyers don their aprons in the name of charity

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As employees of Southampton law firm Warner Goodman LLP approached the office on the morning of Wednesday 21st October, for some it wasn’t their briefcases they were carrying! Instead, they came laden with a variety of home made cakes all in aid of the Brendoncare Bake!

Full marks for Education Forum

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The afternoon of Thursday 8th October saw the launch of a new event for the Employment team at Hampshire law firm Warner Goodman LLP, as they hosted their first Employment Law in Education Forum. St Mary’s Stadium was the venue of choice for this inaugural event with HR representatives from over 30 schools, colleges, universities and academies from across Hampshire in attendance.

Holiday Year Hassle

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Does your holiday entitlement year run from 1 April – 31 March? If so, does your employment contract state that your employees’ paid annual leave entitlement is “20 day’s holiday plus bank holidays”? If the answer is another “yes” you need to ensure your business is prepared for the upcoming shift in Easter holiday dates. Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, explains how the dates will impact your holiday year and what steps you should consider to avoid your employees losing part of their holiday entitlement, and you being at risk of breach on contract claims.

Employment Team Events go from strength to strength!

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2013 is looking to be another successful year for the Employment Team in terms of their Seminars and Masterclass diary. Employment Partner, Sarah Whitemore, tells us what delegates can look forward to this year, and why attendee numbers grow year on year.

Setting the boundaries for when staff are tweeting

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A personal remark on a personal twitter feed can be reasonable grounds for disciplinary action by an employer according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal following a recent case involving an employee who was dismissed after posting allegedly abusive, non work-related messages on his personal Twitter account.

We're all going on a summer holiday...with or without commission?

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Holiday pay calculations under the Working Time Regulations have been subject to many changes over the years, and it looks like this is set to continue. 2014 saw several tribunal claims challenge the proposition that overtime and commission payments should not be included within weekly pay, and consequently holiday pay.

Sarah sleeps out in the name of charity

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Winter is well and truly upon us with the wind, rain and frosty conditions making it very tempting to stay indoors to keep warm. Some people, even children and teenagers, don’t have that option though with no home to go to. Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, recently put herself in the shoes of the homeless teenagers on our streets to raise money in their name.

Tribunal decision shakes up personal use of office email

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Employees who use their company account for personal email exchanges have received a wake-up call after an employment tribunal ruling that the privacy of such messages is not protected. Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, reviews the recent case, Atkinson v Community Gateway Association, in which Mr Atkinson failed in an attempt to have the content of personal messages he sent from his work email account excluded from a disciplinary investigation.

Lawyers turn bakers in the name of charity

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On Wednesday 15th October staff from local law firm, Warner Goodman LLP, picked up their whisks instead of their pens and showed off their baking skills as they took part in the Brendoncare Bake.

Stressed workers can call for counselling

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Employees suffering from depression caused by work-related stress could ask their employers to pay for psychiatric counselling, following a recent ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Here Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, explains what this means for employers in the future.

Employment Law Events announced for 2014

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2013 saw the Employment Team events calendar expand due to their growing popularity, and 2014 is looking to be just as promising with more informative and enjoyable events ahead. Employment Partner, Sarah Whitemore, tells us what can be expected this year, and why delegates won’t be disappointed.

Team brings record number of employers Peace of Mind

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All businesses like to kickstart their New Year on a positive note, and that’s exactly what the Employment Team have seen with their Peace of Mind package, a package of support for local employers. Record numbers of employers are either renewing their membership or signing up for new packages.

Overtime decision fuels employer worries over holiday pay

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Employers could be forced to pay out billions in backdated holiday pay claims following a recent Employment Tribunal ruling. Here Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP, review the case in which an Employment Tribunal held that overtime pay must be included when calculating holiday pay under the EU Working Time Directive.

Linkedin and keeping your business contacts safe

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When it comes to business development, LinkedIn has replaced the old fashioned address book for keeping up with business contacts. But whilst many companies encourage employees to use the online social networking site to keep in touch with customers, Sarah Whitemore, Employment Law Partner, highlights here what can be a potential downside of such relationships when an employee moves on.

Landmark ruling opens way to change in workplace pay policies

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As the Supreme Court rules on long-running council worker equal pay struggle, widescale reviews of pay policies are predicted, and it’s the small businesses that will feel the shockwaves warns Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP.

On yer 'ead - Scoring a goal for career freedom

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Like Wayne Rooney, everyone has the right to reap the benefits of their career success, and employers cannot stall the progress of key employees by imposing conditions after someone moves on – it’s got to be in their contract, and even so any restriction has to be reasonable.