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Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law

Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law
There can be no denying the effect that COVID-19 is having on all of our daily lives and the work which each of us does. The effect COVID-19 is unprecedented for both employers and employees. The Government has taken drastic action to limit the damage on employers and employees. We have a brief look at some of those steps below. Statutory Sick Pay ...
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Employment Law and Coronavirus – FAQs

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To assist employers and employees alike we have produced a list of FAQ's dealing with some of the most common questions which our Employment Team is being asked.Q. Can I furlough an employee who is already on long term sick? ​Furlough would usually apply only if the employee is fit for work.Q. If someone is within the 1.5 million vulnerable people ...
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Hiring for Growth; Free Employment Workshop

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Pinney Talfourd are delighted to be presenting at the Hiring for Growth Employment Workshop hosted by Brentwood Borough Council on 14 January 2020.​Whether you're taking on your first employee or expanding your existing team, our panel of speakers will show you how to grow your company by making smart recruitment decisions, developing cle...
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Employment Tribunal rules ethical veganism is philosophical belief

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An Employment Tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism constitutes a belief worthy of protection under the Equality Act 2010. A former employee claimed that he was unfairly dismissed was on the basis of discrimination and the court has agreed that ethical veganism can be considered under the protected characterist...
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The perils of the Christmas party season for employers

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​In the lead up to December and the party season, it can be easy to get carried away with the merry festivities. At this time of year, employers should take a moment to consider the potential employment law issues and go over existing company policies.Where ever the office Christmas party takes place, the location should always be considered an ext...
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Could my employee bring a clown to a meeting?

Could my employee bring a clown to a meeting?
When copy writer Josh Thompson was called to an ominous-sounding meeting in his New Zealand workplace, he guessed that the result would be redundancy. His firm's HR department encouraged him to arrange a companion to support him through the process. To the delight of the Internet, Thompson chose to hire a clown to accompany him.Thompson, who i...
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What you can learn from Thomas Cook redundancy process

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Travel giant Thomas Cook ceased trading last month, leaving thousands of staff facing redundancy.However, there have been accusations that Thomas Cook failed to follow the proper redundancy procedures and could face penalties as a result. But do you know the correct procedure?The 178-year-old business went into compulsory liquidation on 23 Sep...
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How Thomas Cook employees can seek compensation at Employment Tribunal

How Thomas Cook employees can seek compensation at Employment Tribunal
With the news of Thomas Cook's compulsory liquidation, there has been much focus on how holidaymakers can recoup losses but what about the employees? If you worked at Thomas Cook, you may be entitled to compensation by making a Protective Award Claim. The sun has set on beloved British travel group Thomas Cook and with it went the bright outlook fo...
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How much holiday pay should a part-year worker get?

How much holiday pay should a part-year worker get?
A common formula for calculating pro-rata holiday pay has been ruled as incorrect by the Court of Appeal, meaning that employers must review their methods and contracts. UNISON intervened in the case, which has wide-ranging impact on British businesses that employ part-year workers.The Court of Appeal last week ruled that a teacher's holiday pay ha...
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NDA update: Government announces new restrictions

NDA update: Government announces new restrictions
After a recent report, the Government has announced new legislation to target misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements, especially those seeking to "cover up" harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Further to the Women and Equalities Committee's critical report last month on the 'cover-up' culture in some workplaces, the Government has proposed...
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Supreme Court Case Sparks Changes to Competition Clauses

Supreme Court Case Sparks Changes to Competition Clauses
The Supreme Court has recently overturned century-old guidance on employee competition clauses when an employee's appeal was reversed after she initially argued that a clause's broad phrasing made the restrictions unenforceable. The case has sparked reviews of restrictive covenants within companies across the UK. What does this mean for employ...
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“Cover-up culture”: NDA use in discrimination cases called into question

“Cover-up culture”: NDA use in discrimination cases called into question
A report damning the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases has highlighted a 'cover-up' culture in many workplaces and urges the government to make changes to protect workers. We look at the rules, the possible changes – and how UK employers can minimise impact.The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has published a report highl...
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Act, don’t discriminate: how UK employers can navigate positive action

Act, don’t discriminate: how UK employers can navigate positive action
Cheshire Constabulary have a new recruit -- hired after an employment tribunal. The police force was ruled to be discriminatory after rejecting the white, straight male during a diversity drive.How can employers avoid the same fate when taking positive action? We look at the difference between positive action and positive discrimination, and pinpoi...
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Time to take care of business - April Employment Law Update

Time to take care of business - April Employment Law Update
April is a busy month for businesses and employment lawyers alike. A number of employment law changes have come into effect in April that HR Directors and employers need be aware of. Employment Solicitor Alexander Pearce provides a summary of these updates:  Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Change The limit on the amount of compensa...
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Dismissing an Employee for Blowing the Whistle Could Cost You Millions

Dismissing an Employee for Blowing the Whistle Could Cost You Millions
The law provides protection against victimisation or dismissal for employees or workers reporting wrongdoing by their employers or third parties. It is unlawful for an employer to subject an employee to a detriment such as disciplinary action, loss of work or pay, or damage to career prospects on the ground that they have 'blown the whistle', or in...
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What can you do if an employee owes you money?

What can You do if an Employee Owes You Money?
An employee can owe their employer money for a number of reasons – for example, if an employee has taken more holiday than they are entitled to, or if they have borrowed money from their employer. Even in cases where an employee has damaged property or stock by carelessness, under the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employer cannot recover the cost ...
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Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers

Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers
​Employing people seems like a fairly simple process - hire them, then set them to work…but is it really that easy? We round up our top tips for employers when it comes to employment law and legal practices in the workplace. Many employers find the list of employment rights and legal responsibilities intimidating. But conforming to employer's legal...
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Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers - Part Two

Copy of Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers - Part Two
​Managing a team within the workplace can be a daunting experience - we round up some more of our top tips for employers around appeals, pregnancy and office banter. Many employers are apprehensive when it comes to more 'delicate' issues within the workplace; what exactly should you do when a female member of staff informs you that they're pregnant...
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How sure do you have to be to dismiss for gross misconduct?

How Sure do You have to be to Dismiss for Gross Misconduct?
​Gross misconduct is defined as behaviour from an employee which is so considered to be so bad that it destroys the relationship between employee and employer. Employers must be aware of the law before heading into this territory – read our FAQs relating to gross misconduct for employers.Where an employee has more than two years' service, they have...
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Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation - The Basics

Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation - The Basics
​Let's be honest – discrimination, bullying, victimisation and harassment can be portrayed as meaning the same thing – especially in a workplace environment. So what's the difference between each definition? We run through the basics of the legal meanings of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.In the Equality Act 2010, victimisation and ha...
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