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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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  • Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

    Tags: Maternity Leave, Maternity Rights, Maternity Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Premature or Sick Babies, MAT B1, Maternity Allowance

    Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.  

    Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.  

    Maternity Leave: 

    Doctors and midwives must issue the pregnant … more

    

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