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Workplace issues over the winter months

The winter season can often create difficulties in the workplace and it is important to ensure that there is a contingency plan in place.

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What is Whistleblowing?

A whistleblower is one who brings to light any sort of information or activities which relates to suspected wrongdoing or dangers at work.

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Breach of Contract – Employer

A breach occurs when the employer or employee breaks a term of the contract such as an employer not paying wages or an employee not working their agreed hours.

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What are Employment Tribunal Claims?

Employment tribunals are tribunal public bodies that have statutory jurisdiction to hear many types of disputes between employers and employees

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What does a Staff Handbook consist of

A staff handbook, sometimes referred to as an employee handbook or manual, is a document issued to employees outlining important information relating to the company procedures and policies.

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Avoiding a claim for unfair dismissal

It is stated in the Employment Rights Act 1996 that there are potentially five fair reasons for dismissing an employee – redundancy, conduct, legality, capability or some other substantial reason.

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The budget 2016 – what does this mean for small businesses?

For the people who may have missed it George Osborne delivered his third budget in the last 12 months.

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Absence in the workplace - Employer

It’s inevitable that people are going to be off sick from time to time at work. If you’re in a respected workplace, most employees will feel bad about letting their colleagues down.

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Travel Disruption

Travel disruption, from time to time can affect an employee’s ability to get to work or even at all.

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HR challenges during Christmas

During the Christmas period employers can face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your business for the festive season?

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Maternity, paternity and adoption – Everything you need to know as an employer?

This post will inform you all about the different information you need to know as an employer if someone you employ is planning to have a baby – whether they are an expecting mother or father or are planning to adopt.

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Major new extension of shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents announced

This week has seen the Chancellor, George Osborne, announce that he will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents. (5 October 2015)

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Is current UK employment law bad for small business?

New research has found that small firms’ lack of knowledge is leaving them open to significant financial penalties.

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What does the Summer Budget mean for Employment Law

With George Osborne’s speech still ringing in our ears, we’ve put together features of the Budget 2015 most important in the world of employment law.

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An update of Employment law changes and the implications

The Queen's speech confirmed plans outlined in the Conservative party’s election manifesto to reform trade unions and to protect essential public services against strikes.

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What the General Election means for employment law

Despite all the polls prior to the General Election predicting a hung parliament, it was the Conservative Party in fact managed to secure a majority. As it’s what we do, we thought we’d let you know how this outcome may affect employment law in the future.

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Annual Compensation Limit Increase

The Government has published details of the annual increases to statutory redundancy pay and the amount of compensation that employment tribunals can award for unfair dismissal, which took effect from 6 April 2015.

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Changed to Pension Rights

From Easter Monday (6 April 2015) there will be a significant increase in the flexibility around accessing defined-contribution or money purchase pension savings.

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Shared Parental Leave in 2015

Under new laws new parents will be able to share their parental leave. Working mothers will continue to have Maternity Leave of 52 weeks and 39 weeks of statutory Maternity Pay but if they want to, they can end their leave early and give the remaining weeks to the father / partner.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

With the commencement of January, an increasing number of employers have been contacting us with questions regarding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), what it is, and the impact that it has on their workplace.

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The Office Christmas Party

It is that time of year again when the Christmas tunes are blasting, the car is freezing, the festive films come out, and the date for the obligatory office Christmas party is set.

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Holiday Pay Tribunal Ruling

There has been a victory for workers in a landmark case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal as it has been decided that overtime will be included in holiday pay.

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Important October Changes to Employment Law

October is set to be a significant month in the world of employment law. Here are some of the important changes that are set to be implemented from 1 October this year

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Redundancy

If you are an employer then one of the less enjoyable tasks that you may come across at some point in your career is making somebody redundant.

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Home working

Achieving the ideal work/life balance while working toward career advancement can be a tough task particularly as the number of employees who work from home in office-type roles is increasing.

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Flexible Working Changes

Nick Clegg has recently announced changes to the law regarding flexible work in the UK. In essence, the government has made it easier for employees to work on a flexible basis.

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What is a Zero Hours Contract?

If you have been paying attention to the news lately then you will probably have come across the term “zero hours contract”. This modern type of employment has courted rather a lot of controversy over the past few months, but what is it and does it really warrant such a notorious reputation?

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Dress Code in the Workplace

Different employers have different rules on what their employees can wear to work. This is usually for safety purposes but sometimes so that workers look professional if they are communicating with customers or external clients.

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Employment law

Like the England gaffer, Roy Hodgson you’ve selected your team and have confidence that they will be fit, healthy and ready for action during the World Cup period. Naturally in any football tournament there’s going to be some heavy competition and hurdles to contend with such as absence, lateness, productivity and holidays – there may even be yellow cards which add up to that horrible word, suspension.

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Early Conciliation

From 6 May 2014, new rules were introduced which regulate the way in which proceedings should be issued in respect of employment rights at an employment tribunal. Employment solicitor Angela Shaw, from Chamber member Lanshaws, takes a look at the changes and their potential impact on businesses.

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Minimising Risk

Lanshaws Solicitors featured in the May edition of "Business Link Magazine" where we discussed recent changes to employment law. Please click this link and find us on page 22 to find out more.


Important new employment law changes

Important new employment law changes are to be introduced with effect of 6th April 2014, warns Angela Shaw of Nottingham based Lanshaws Solicitors.

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What is the law regarding the payment of interns?

The combination of a massive financial crisis with a surge in the number of people who have degrees means that it is very difficult for graduates to stand out from the crowd. One of the most popular ways that they can make their CV look exceptional is through work experience. For an employer there are several benefits to hiring an intern: simple but time-consuming tasks can be completed by them, you might ultimately want to hire them, they may offer new ideas from a fresh perspective, and they are eager to work hard. The law regarding interns can seem very complicated which is why some organisations pay interns nothing at all while others provide more than minimum wage.

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If you are wondering whether you have a case for unfair dismissal then you should by asking yourself a few simple questions...

Unfair dismissal is exactly what the name suggests...it’s unfair! Too many people find themselves in a situation where they are unemployed and struggling for money through no fault of their own. At Lanshaw Solicitors we take our time to listen and understand your situation which is why we offer a free consultation with you to begin with.

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Settlement Agreements

A settlement agreement, formerly called a “compromise agreement”, is a legally binding contract between an employer and employee entered into after or just before the employment has terminated.

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New Mandatory ACAS Conciliation

From 6th May 2014, new rules were introduced which regulate the way that proceedings should be issued in respect of employment rights at an employment tribunal. An aggrieved employee must now formally notify the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (“ACAS”) before initiating a claim.

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