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"Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living" but "I don't get no... satisfaction"

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Whilst commuting back from work, you may well overhear conversations about the chairman’s Virtual PA coming into the office for their weekly face-to-face meeting, the mother who is working 4 days a week term time only and the person on their way to the...

Coping with the Christmas peak: recruitment issues re seasonal workers

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This article first appeared in QuickBite magazine. With thoughts turning to Christmas, employers may be considering what staffing options they have to help cope with the party season when demand for their services may temporarily increase. Below are four...

The Taylor Review of modern working practices - will this clear up the confusion regarding employment status issues?

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This article first appeared in QuickBite magazine. Is that delivery driver of yours an employee, worker or self-employed? Many readers will recall that the issue of employment status has been under the microscope a lot recently, in particular during legal...

The rights skills for the job?

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This article first appeared in Estates Gazette, 22nd July 2017. Many employers will be paying additional sums by way of the apprenticeship levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017. Some savvy property sector employers will already be exploring ways in...

The General Election: employment considerations

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With the general election just around the corner, below are five employment law issues for employers to think about: Campaigning in the workplace Employees are paid to work so an employer is perfectly entitled to stop them...

10 things you need to know about the new Apprenticeship Levy

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From 6 April 2017, many employers will have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, which has been referred to by some as a new payroll tax. However, at least some of this additional expense could be recouped if the employer employs an apprentice. Given the...

How to make returnships a success

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On International Women’s Day, the chancellor announced a new £5m fund designed to help women return to work after a long break. The initiative will support returnship programmes that provide short-term assignments to returners who are often, but...

Effective date of notice of termination

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When an employer decides to terminate an employee’s employment, it is obviously important that notice of the termination is communicated to that individual. There can sometimes be difficulties with this, for example when the employee is absent from...

Employment status

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Given the recent high profile cases involving Uber, CitySprint and the like, the true employment status of purportedly “self-employed” individuals has come under the spotlight. So what is genuine self-employment and what is a worker or an...

Employment law update

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Major developments in employment law are expected to take place in 2017, Katee Dias outlines the main changes. Employment Tribunal Fees Fees were introduced in 2013 for all Employment Tribunal claims. However, the lawfulness...

What is coming up in employment law in 2017?

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Happy New Year! As the celebrations have now passed and it is back to work, let’s look at some employment law developments coming up in 2017. Employment Tribunal Fees Fees were introduced back in 2013 for all Employment...

Can I sack an employee for criticising their place of work on social media?

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The problem One of my team members has posted a comment on his personal Facebook page saying that he hates his work, our customers and his colleagues. The comment was made in his own time on his home computer, but it has been seen by...

Fallout over Christmas issues

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The Christmas period is a time of joy and celebration for many but employers can often face employment law issues leaving them feeling more “bah-humbug” than “cheers”. Set out below are common problems that arise for employers at this...

Social media dismissals

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We are hearing more and more of employees who are dismissed from their employment because of private postings made on their own social media sites. The actor from Coronation Street who was recently dismissed by ITV because he made discriminatory postings on...

Recent and upcoming developments in employment law

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The summer may now have gone but it was an active period for employment law news. Below we look back at some of the happenings to ensure you remain aware of developments that could impact on your business going forward. Employment status...

New payroll tax - will you be paying an additional 0.5% of your wage bill from April?

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A new form of tax, known as the Apprenticeship Levy, will hit many employers from 6 April 2017. The funds generated will be used by the Government to help pay for apprenticeship training costs. Employers will firstly want to assess whether they will...

Don't be held liable for the unauthorised acts of your employees

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Picture the scene… A potential diner visits your restaurant and asks for a drink that you do not sell. Your server replies using obscenities that you do not stock it. The diner complains about being sworn at. The server angrily directs him off the...

A slave to new law

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Does your organisation have a turnover of £36million or more? Are you a supplier to an organisation which has a turnover of at least £36m? Do you provide goods or services to an organisation who is, in turn, a supplier to a business which has...

Instigating change - New Year resolutions

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January is often seen as the time for instigating change, so consider the following New Year resolutions: 1. Signed Contracts Do all your employees have appropriate and signed contracts of employment in place? The law...

New Year resolutions for HR

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Problem As an HR professional, what resolutions could I adopt for 2016? Law Employment laws change frequently and HR professionals can find it difficult to keep up with changes. There is also the...

Competing requests for Christmas holiday?

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Christmas is a time when many employees want to take their annual leave, whether it is for religious or childcare reasons or simply so that they can indulge in mince pies and sale shopping. How should you deal with the barrage of holiday requests from...

Christmas punch, not Christmas punch-up!

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Your work Christmas party will undoubtedly soon be taking place with crackers being pulled, wine consumed and (possibly questionable) dance moves thrown. It will hopefully be a good-humoured and happy experience for all but what happens when things go...

National minimum wage

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As you hopefully know, all workers are entitled to be paid at a rate which is not less than the national minimum wage. How much is the national minimum wage? The rate of the national minimum wage is set by the Government. It...

Rules on rest

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Rules about rest periods can easily get overlooked, particularly when there is an unexpected rush of customers or because a colleague has called in sick so work needs to be covered. However, employers would do well to remember that there are some strict...

Running recruitment processes

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Before you launch into placing an advert or calling a recruitment consultant, pause to think about exactly what it is your organisation actually needs. For instance: Is a permanent or a fixed-term employee required or is engaging...

How to handle tube strike disruption in the workplace

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Given the tube strikes last month, employers will undoubtedly have already faced employees encountering travel disruption difficulties. With the winter approaching, perhaps snow will be the next cause for disruption. Some employees may arrive late to work,...

Tips about tips

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Payment of tips and gratuities in the restaurant industry is perhaps more common than in any other sector. These are spontaneous amounts paid voluntarily by the customer. Set out below are some pointers on dealing with these sums from an employment law...

Budget 2015 Minimum Wage Rates Update

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Following the Budget last Wednesday, talk has turned to the minimum amounts that should be paid to workers over the age of 16. As you will know, at least the national minimum wage must be paid. Current rates (per hour) are: ...

Exclusivity clauses banned

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New legislation has recently been passed to stop you compelling any of your workers who are engaged on a zero-hours contract from working exclusively for you. The new law effectively makes any provisions in a zero-hours contract that seek to prohibit the...

What will be the impact of the Conservative Party's manifesto pledges on HR professionals in the leisure sector?

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With the general election results now declared, it is worthwhile looking back at the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges to consider the possible impact on HR professionals in the hotel and leisure sector. 1. Zero Hours Contracts A key pledge was...

Sacking an employee for being sick could land you in trouble

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Katee Dias is a Senior Solicitor in Goodman Derrick’s Employment practice and a member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary Leisure sector team. Katee’s article first appeared in the 23rd January edition of ”The...

Imminent Employment Law Changes

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Family Pay From 5 April 2015, statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, additional paternity and shared parental pay will be £139.58 per week (up from £138.18). By way of a reminder, maternity pay entitlement...

It's a thin line between obese and disabled

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Katee Dias is a Senior Solicitor in Goodman Derrick’s Employment practice and a member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary Leisure sector team. Katee’s article first appeared in the 13th February edition of “The Caterer”...

Obesity and Disability

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Q : Can an employee who simply overeats and is consequently overweight be protected for the purposes of employment law? A : Potentially, yes. Whilst there is no free-standing protection against discrimination on the grounds of obesity, an employee may be...

Top 5 New Year resolutions for HR practitioners

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***** Stop Press: Katee Dias was recognised as a “Star Legal Writer” by the The Lawyer for this article. ***** Katee Dias Employment Lawyer Goodman Derrick Top Five HR Resolutions As January is often seen as the time for...

Increase in Women on Boards

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Many of you will remember the Davies Report from 2010, which recommended an increase in the number of women on the board of directors of listed UK companies. One of the aims outlined in that report was for the FTSE 100 companies to have a minimum of 25%...

Whistleblowing Protection

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Now that employees usually need over two year’s service before they are able to claim unfair dismissal, they often look for other potential claims to bring against their employer if the relationship ends on a sour note. Whistleblowing is one of those...

Employment News - Hotel and Leisure Sector Spring 2013

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Goodman Derrick LLP has acted for clients in the hotel and leisure industry for many years and the Employment Department recognises that this sector is heavily reliant on its staff. We know that you need to keep abreast of the legal matters that may arise...

Hotel and Leisure Sector Employment Law Update

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WHAT’S NEW? Religious discrimination You will probably already have read in the press about the very recent European Court of Human Rights case of Eweida and others v United Kingdom (2013). The main...

Competing Holiday Requests

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Problem Christmas is a time when many employees want to take their annual leave, whether it is for religious or childcare reasons or simply so that they can indulge in the festivities. How do you deal with the barrage of holiday requests...

Rules on Employee Rest

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Rules about rest periods can easily get overlooked, perhaps as a result of an unexpected rush of customers or because a member of staff has called in sick. However, employers would be wise to remember that there are some strict obligations that they should...