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Time to be creative?

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Time to be creative

The figures announced today show that the economy has dropped by a record level of just over 20% in April. That comes on top of the announcements by Heathrow airport and Centrica that they are cutting thousands of jobs. The timings of the announcements of job losses is no real surprise. With the Job Retention […]

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Can an employee refuse to return to work?

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Return to work after furlough

As the situation with coronavirus continues to change we are starting to see some businesses trying to get back to work. The most common question I am being asked at the moment, by employers and employees is whether an employee can refuse to return to work, and if they do, what are the consequences. Although […]

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2020 Vision

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As we go into peak holiday season, next year might seem like a long way off, but there are some key employment law changes which will come into force in April 2020 that businesses should be planning for now.

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Q&A

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Your latest employment law questions answered. Q. As an employer, can I automatically deduct money from my employee’s wages if I have overpaid them? A. Yes, if it is overpaid wages or expenses. There are certain deductions allowed by statute but these are limited to overpaid wages, expenses and holiday pay, or deductions as a […]

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Pregnancy and maternity discrimination

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This article looks at the issue of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace and if it does happen, how it should be dealt with. The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from discrimination and victimisation because of pregnancy and maternity, one of nine features known in law as ‘protected characteristics’ that are covered by the […]

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Tackling tribunals

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Tackling tribunals

As you will probably be aware, employment tribunal fees were abolished in 2017, a huge change which saves claimants around £1200 for any employment tribunal which they bring against their employer. Unfortunately, this does mean that you as an employer are now at a much greater risk of having a tribunal brought against you and of course you would be liable for legal fees instead, regardless of the outcome.

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The Good Work Plan

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Sorry to mention the ‘B’ word but there have been a number of important announcements which have been totally overshadowed by Brexit recently. The Good Work Plan is a great example of this and with major changes to workplace laws being proposed, there are huge implications for employers and employees alike. In December 2018, the […]

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Changing times

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Change is an inevitable part of life and something that most people find difficult to cope with, particularly in the workplace where the challenges can abruptly alter the course of one’s career and lifestyle. But in today’s business climate, companies are often forced to implement sweeping changes in an effort to grow and survive. As […]