Law firm raises concern over serious fire safety gaps in UK workplaces
Aug09

Law firm raises concern over serious fire safety gaps in UK workplaces

New research from law firm Hugh James has raised serious questions over health and safety in the workplace when it comes to managing fire risks. 1 in 5 haven’t had a fire drill in the last 12 months Almost one in five (16%) Brits work for a company where not a single fire drill has been carried out in the last twelve months, despite this being a UK Government requirement for workplace health and safety regulations, according to...

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Is the ‘Gordon Ramsey’ factor making job roles seem scary?
Jul28

Is the ‘Gordon Ramsey’ factor making job roles seem scary?

It seems that popular reality TV shows are creating a scary perception for those employed in the hospitality industry. Research of 2,000 UK adults by Fletchers Solicitors, found that 68% of Britons named hospitality professionals such as chefs and bartenders as ‘the most intimidating’. Financial service professionals (64%) such as bank managers, accountants and bookkeepers, followed in second place, tradespeople (59%)...

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Tribunal fees abolished after landmark Supreme Court decision, HR Leaders react
Jul26

Tribunal fees abolished after landmark Supreme Court decision, HR Leaders react

After a landmark decision today by the Supreme Court, the Government now faces having to repay more than £27m in tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled against that fees were unlawful, and that the Government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. The then Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, introduced the fees in July 2013, despite widespread opposition from Trade Unions and law...

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An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!
Jul25

An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!

Leadership Commentator and Employment Lawyer Victoria Hall, of New Law Solicitors, considers whether leadership models should simply go back to basics If you are interested in the subject of leadership then, like me, you have likely poured over hundreds of different leadership books and articles, listened to speakers, attended workshops and seminars and become completely overwhelmed! There are so many buzz words, models, diagrams and...

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Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”
Jul21

Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”

A new risk analysis paper on GDPR from specialist technology law firm Boyes Turner this week found that promotion by consumer groups of new rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could prove more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”. Post GDPR, control over the future of brands and marketing strategies is likely to shift away from companies and managers towards consumers and employees and according...

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So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?
Jul17

So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?

Clare Gilroy-Scott is a Partner in the employment team at Goodman Derrick LLP, the claimant’s legal team in the recent King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd ECJ case.  She explains what recent case law decisions mean for employers in terms of holiday pay. Employment tribunals continue to consider a number of cases concerning the inclusion of overtime, commission and other variable payments in holiday pay, as well as the...

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Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’
Jul17

Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’

Three key themes – trust, culture and diversity – must be the watchwords for businesses with the onset of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, according to a leading employment lawyer. Greg Chambers, associate director in the employment team at Osborne Clarke, was speaking at a seminar in Bristol entitled “The Future of Work in a Smart City.” The event was hosted by Hays Recruitment, held at the city’s Engine Shed and formed part of...

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Staff engagement proved to be child’s play for Kent Employer of the Year
Jul11

Staff engagement proved to be child’s play for Kent Employer of the Year

A Tunbridge Wells company which has spent 65 years “dressing children beautifully” has won the Employer of the Year award, sponsored by law firm Furley Page, at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2017. Childrensalon employs nearly 300 staff running the world’s largest online store for designer childrenswear. Director Denise Hamilton was presented with the award by Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at Furley Page, at a...

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