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Employment tribunal fees unlawful

Elizabeth McGlone
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Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants if the payment of the fee is deemed to have been unlawful.  The government introduced fees of up to...

Summer in the Office

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Elizabeth McGlone, Partner and employment law specialist at Neves Solicitors looks at the challenges the hot summer months pose for employers. We are having an exceptionally warm run of weather which, for us in the UK is unusual. Here are a few pointers to...

Making a high-heeled stand

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Workplace dress codes have become a hot topic in the news over the last few months. One of the most prominent stories, that is leading the way for a challenge to work place dress codes, is that of an agency worker in London. The worker in question was...

Business Immigration Advisory Work

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Business Immigration We are moving into an era of uncertainty with Britain’s ‘Brexit’ from the European Union which will have a specific impact on the legal niche of business immigration advisory work.  It is obviously going to...

Employment Law Changes & Updates for 2017

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1. National Minimum wage increases April 2017: 25 & over = £7.50 21 to 24 = £7.05 18 to 20 = £4.05 Apprentice = £2.50 2. English-language requirement for public-facing workers in the public sector As of 21 November 2016...

Employment Law - Back to Basics Seminar

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Join us at our Free seminar - Back to Basics Employment Law 23 February 2017 Run by our Employment Solicitor Elizabeth McGlone What the seminar will cover Employers and business often get caught up in the complexities of employment law, keeping...

Employment Law - Back to basics - our top 10 tips

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Employment Law - Back to basics - Our top 10 tips Employers and business often get caught up in the complexities of employment law, keeping up to date and tying themselves in knots about following a fair procedure in accordance with the relevant policy....

Changes to Prevention of Illegal Working UK

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Prevention of Illegal Working Under UK Immigration Act 2016 – Changes to Law from 1 December 2016 Immigration is definitely a hot topic for 2016 and even more so post-Brexit.  The government, by way of the Immigration Act 2016(“the...

So we now have the outcome of the referendum on the EU.

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So we now have the outcome of the referendum on the EU. What will happen next from an employment perspective? The simple answer is we don’t know. There will now be a period of at least 2 years (but likely to be more) from the referendum until an...

Redundancy

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Redundancy    Going through a redundancy process can be a disconcerting experience for both employees and employers. It is essential that employers ensure that they understand and follow correct procedures and that employees are aware of their...

Help at Home - The Do's and Dont's

Elizabeth McGlone
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There are a growing number of services that you can ‘buy in’ to support you in every day life.  This can be in the guise of ‘care in the home’, cleaning, gardening or maintenance.  Depending on what services you need and how...

Will she get the boot?

Elizabeth McGlone
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There was a great deal of controversy created by Jose Mourinho recently when he banished Chelsea’s club doctor from football matches and training sessions.  Dr Eva Carenieo ran on to the pitch with the club’s phsiptherapist during the...

Facebook In The Workplace

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In the case of British Waterways v Smith the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it was fair to dismiss an employee for comments made on Facebook that he claimed, after the posts were made, were untrue. The Claimant, Mr Smith had made less than...

The Impact of a New Conservative Government on Employment Law

Elizabeth McGlone
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Since the general election on 7 th May 2015 the conservative government have made a number of proposals which will affect UK employment law in a number of ways: Strike Reforms – A Trade Unions Bill (TUB) will be forthcoming making major changes...

HR Review

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How often do you review your HR documents? Why not book a fixed fee HR Review with an employment law either at our Luton/Milton Keynes or at your local premises. To book your meeting or for more info contact Elizabeth McGlone  ...

Can The Imposition Of Parameters For Religious Dress Be Considered Discriminatory?

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No found the employment tribunal in the case of Begum v Pedagogy Auras UKL Ltd t/a Barley Lane Montessori Day Nursery . Ms Begum applied for a role as a nursery assistant with the Respondent.  Being a muslim Ms Begum adhered to the practice of...

Vaping - Your no-smoking policy going up in smoke?

Elizabeth McGlone
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‘to vape’ = inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device Vaping is on the increase as an allegedly less harmful and toxic alternative to smoking.  Vaping can be still be carried out in-doors unlike...

Top 5 Tips - Shared Parental Leave from the Employers Perspective

Elizabeth McGlone
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From this month expectant parents will be able to share parental leave for the first time. We have put together a handful of tips for businesses handling requests over the coming months: Implement a clear Shared Parental Leave (SPL) policy and notify all...

Team Clarkson v Team BBC

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Dismissal troublesome employees, can be just that, troublesome. The recent press coverage of the Jeremy Clarkson debacle has been immense. Whether you believe Clarkson was justified in his actions or wholly reprehensible is somewhat irrelevant as the focus...

Tattoos And Piercings - Turn On Or Turn Off?

Elizabeth McGlone
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You are recruiting for a sales manager, a customer facing role and the applicant in front of you has a lip piercing, nose piercing and wrist/hand tattoos.  Do you: Automatically make the judgement that the candidate is not right for the role? ...

Top 10 FAQ's On Holiday Entitlement.

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Holiday pay is a complicated issue for any employer. With the lighter mornings setting in and with employees and employers envisaging a hotter climate, the need to know what employees are entitled to is important.  FAQ’s on holiday...

Snow Days and Inclement Weather

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January and February almost always seem to bring misery to employers in the guise of snow.  It can be utterly frustrating when days and days of business are lost because staff cannot (or do not even attempt to) come into work. There is often confusion...

Caste Discrimination

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‘Caste’ is a form of social strata dividing society into different levels based on heritage, social status and occupation. Caste discrimination has not been specifically covered by the Equality Act 2010, the legislation governing discrimination...

Employment Law Whats New

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  National Minimum Wage : there have been minor increases to the national minimum wage as follows: adult rate increases to £6.50; 18-20-year-old rate increases to £5.13; 16-17-year-old rate increases to £3.79; apprentice rate...

Should Obesity Be Classified As A New Disability

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This is the issue presently under scrutiny following the ECJ case of Kaltoft –v- The Municipality of Billund Case Summary: Karstan Kaltoft worked for the Danish local council as a child-minder.  Kaltoft’s weight had been the same...

Children and Family Act 2014: Changes To Family Friendly Rights

Elizabeth McGlone
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As of 1 October 2014 new family friendly rights are due to come into force as a result of the Children & Families Act 2014. The Act allows for an employee who has a qualifying relationship with a pregnant woman or her expected child to be entitled to...

Older Workers 'Age Nothing But A Number?'

Elizabeth McGlone
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A comment on BBC radio 4 in relation to female workers over the age of 50 finding it difficult to secure employment got me thinking about the issue of older workers.  Why is it, despite the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) in 2009, that...

Performance Management - The Ins And Out

Elizabeth McGlone
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If you do not manage to address poor performance in the early stages of an employee’s career with you then ensure you have robust management procedures in place to deal with the situation should it arise: Appraisals – a resilient and meaningful...

Holiday Entitlement

Elizabeth McGlone
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Holiday pay is a complicated issue for any employer. With the  ‘January Blues’ setting in and with employees and employers envisaging a sunnier climate, the need to know what employees are entitled to is important. With this in mind there is...