Category Archives: General Updates

Practical Christmas Party Guidance

What should you consider this festive season to prevent issues from arising? Ok, so it is that time of year again and the employment lawyers/HR people are all writing about the perils and pitfalls of Christmas Parties, but what’s the big deal you may ask? It’s only a bit of harmless fun, a time to […]

How to deal with personal relationships at work

Employee relationships We spend a great deal of time with our colleagues and sharing the highs and lows of working life means that we often form strong bonds with them. So, relationships are bound to develop, be they fleeting fancies, long-term dating, illicit affairs, or something that leads to wedding bells. However, in the wake of […]

New Acas Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace

To coincide with World Menopause Day on 18 October 2019,  Acas published new guidance for employers and managers to help support staff affected by symptoms of menopause at work. Acas reports that over 2 million women over 50 experience difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms and that 1 in 20 women are estimated to […]

What’s new in the world of Employment Law And HR – September /October 2019

An update for Employers & HR professionals Here’s a round-up of some recent legal developments plus a few interesting news stories: There was some good news for…. Clowns – who may have found a new line of work (in New Zealand at least).   Although more likely to be seen at a child’s birthday party than […]

Is the use of an Electronic Signature legally compliant?

Electronic Signatures For Legal Documents The Law Commission have confirmed that documents signed electronically, even when a statutory requirement for a signature predates our digital age, have legal force. This is an extremely helpful attempt to clear up lingering doubts over the issue. In the final report of a government-commissioned study, some 124 pages long, the commission […]

Is there a legal maximum temperature at work?

As temperatures continue to soar, many employees are struggling to keep their cool at work. So, when is it too hot to work? The Law Unfortunately, there is not one, clear rule for when the temperatures rise, and the law is generally unhelpful for all those suffering in the heat. An employer is expected to prevent the […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 7

In the modern age of technology and new methods of working there are ways in which even the most old-fashioned organisation can embrace a degree of flexibility for staff. There really is no easier way to make someone feel appreciated and happy than to give them some flexibility when they need it. This need not […]

The employment of children: Guidance for employers

The Isle of Wight Council have recently reminded employers of child employment legislation, designed to protect children’s rights in the workplace. With the summer holidays looming, parents may be looking forward to their children taking their first steps into the adult world of work by getting their first summer job, and perhaps, finally being able to […]

Are climate change and veganism philosophical beliefs?

Philosophical belief under the Equality Act Under the Equality Act it is unlawful to discriminate, harass or victimise employees or job applicants on the grounds of their religion, religious belief or philosophical belief. “Religion or belief” is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, just like for example age or race, and is defined as […]

Does an employer have to postpone a disciplinary hearing pending the outcome of a police investigation?

Dealing with disciplinary issues This was the question before the Court of Appeal in the case of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust v Gregg. The Law Where an employee’s alleged misconduct is also the subject of a police investigation, the question arises as to whether the employer should put on hold the disciplinary action […]

What’s new in employment law in April 2019?

what's new in employment law 2019

What do you need to know about this years’ changes to employment law Along with the usual annual increase in national minimum wage rates and other statutory payments, there is also new employment law legislation coming into force in April 2019. Increase in National Minimum Wage  The following increases took place from 1 April: • […]

How to bring ‘Joy’ to your workspace and increase productivity!

Some ways to ‘Marie Kondo’ your workspace You may have heard of the Japanese ‘tidying’ sensation Marie Kondo, who has developed her own organisation technique, called the ‘KonMari’ method, which she uses to help people tidy their living spaces. If not, we highly recommend you have a look at the method, there is currently a […]

Why should you use a specialist solicitor for your legal advice?

Legal Specialists How much thought do you/would you give to your choice of Solicitor or adviser? To what extent do you consider their expertise or experience? For me, as a Solicitor, if I am referring a client to a fellow professional for advice on a topic that I am not familiar with I will look […]

Employment & HR: What to expect in 2019

Hot Topics for 2019 1. The Good Work Plan On 17 December 2018, the government published the Good Work Plan, setting out what it described as “the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”. The plan outlines an intention to improve working conditions for agency workers, zero-hour workers and other atypical workers. There […]

2018 – Year in Review

2018 Employment Law Round-Up To help you navigate through the most important Employment Law Updates for 2018 we have categorised and summarised them with direct links to each article. Case Law & Law Changes Is it direct discrimination to reject a job applicant based on a perception their condition may become a disability? Can you […]

Government Announce Employment Law Reforms

The Good Work Plan: What do you need to know about proposed employment law reform? You may have heard on the news this week about the announced reforms to employment law. Some reporters have heralded the changes as a major overhaul and reported that it will provide additional rights for millions of workers, however if […]

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018

We were recently shortlisted for the Business Growth Award at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018. The awards ceremony took place on Friday evening (30th November 2018) in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, hosted by Anneka Rice and I am really excited to announce that although we were not winners, we […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of a former employee who commits a serious criminal data breach with the intention of harming his employer?

Yes, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Various Claimants –v- Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious […]

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