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  • Brexit and Redundancy; a guide for employers

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal

    As the Brexit negotiations start getting into full swing and the likes of JP Morgan start looking at moving their offices away from the UK this will mean redundancies are inevitable. While your business may not to the same scale of JP Morgan, if you lose contracts then it will mean, you will need fewer employees to deliver the service. Again, redundancies are inevitable, so here’s a quick guide to ensure that you remain within the right side of the law. 

    1. First consultation meeting:

    • Meet with employees collectively. 

    • Explain the reasons for the potential redundancies.

    • Explain how many jobs are at risk. 

    • Explain the methods being explored to avoid the redundancies (for example, restrictions on recruitment, alternative employment, re- … more

  • Reasonable adjustments for disabled job applicants

    Tags: Disability Discrimination, Failure to make reasonable adjustments, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal

    As lawyers, we know employment law can be a minefield for many employers out there.  The recruitment process is the start of any employment relationship and comes with its own obstacles as you must ensure any recruitment process is fair and objective.  Employers can expose themselves to risks of claims from job applicants if the recruitment process is discriminatory in any way.

    One recent example came out of the case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes which was heard before the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).  This case questioned whether a job applicant with Asperger’s Syndrome was discriminated against as a result of a requirement to sit a psychometric test as part of the recruitment process.  The recruitment process for lawyers to join the … more

  • What the General Election could mean for employment law

    Tags: Employment law, General Election 2017

    The snap General Election has been all over the news since its announcement.  Debates, Party broadcasts and campaigns has been prevalent for weeks now.  With that in mind, we thought we’d bring you our key observations of what the result could mean for employment law based on party manifestos.  

    Conservatives

    • The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise “in line with average earnings by 2020”.  The Conservatives are committed to the NLW increasing to 60% of median hourly earnings, estimated to be around £8.75.

    • A statutory right to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative.

    • The protection of employment rights during the Brexit process.

    • Cut net migration to “tens of thousands” in line with David … more

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  • Seasonal Workers: Key Contractual Issues for Employers

    Tags: Employment Status, ukemplaw, Seasonal Workers, Contractual Issues, Fixed-term, Pat-time, Casual workers, Agency workers, Young persons, EmploymentLaw

    In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times of the year. A common solution for employers in these sectors is to recruit additional employees during these periods. Below we set out the key contractual considerations for employers to bear in mind when hiring seasonal employees. 

    Fixed-term employees

    An individual recruited to cover seasonal work may be taken on for a limited period of time. A fixed-term contract is therefore often used, with that contract ending on a specific date or on completion of a particular project.

    An individual employed on a fixed-term contract is protected against less favourable treatment compared to permanent employees. For example, if an employer excludes the fixed-term … more

    

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