Law firm issues photography challenge to highlight the importance of safety at work
Apr28

Law firm issues photography challenge to highlight the importance of safety at work

It’s easy to minimise safety problems at work as ‘something that happens to someone else’. According to the TUC, more people are killed in work than in wars.  A spokeman said: “Most workers don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those...

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Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?
Apr27

Sacking the sick: how long should employers wait?

Rhian Radia, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Hodge Jones & Allen, explains the steps employers should take before dismissing employees who are on long-term sick leave. Sick employees are an expensive problem for employers. But how long do employers need to wait before deciding enough is enough and taking the drastic step of dismissing an employee for being incapable of doing their job? The recent Court of Appeal decision in...

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UK Businesses reject major change to employment laws after Brexit
Apr26

UK Businesses reject major change to employment laws after Brexit

A survey conducted by GQ Employment Law suggests that only five per cent of businesses are looking for major change in employment law post-Brexit – however 65% of employers do want to see some change. GQ Employment Law says that, as the UK prepares to leave the EU, employers are expressing demand for significant change in only a few areas, such as discrimination law and sick leave. Key findings of the survey are: 5% want to see...

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Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?
Apr05

Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?

  Guest post by berg, a law firm that works closely with companies to navigate the potentially tricky post-gender pay gap reporting period. As part of an ongoing effort to tackle to UK’s gender pay gap, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force in April this year. Businesses with 250 employees or more will have to report on the wage gap, which currently stands at a national average...

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Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way
Apr05

Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that the measures introduced in this year’s Budget could create significant and costly changes for employers, unless they take urgent action. The measures come into effect on 6 April, resulting from the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 which was published on the 20 March. It is likely all employers will be affected by at least one of the changes...

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Red Tape Day 2017: Are you ready?
Apr03

Red Tape Day 2017: Are you ready?

It’s one of the most important dates for UK businesses; and we’re just days away from Spring 2017’s ‘Red Tape Day’. From the beginning of April – and in particular April 6 – firms of all sizes will be subject to new legislation around the way they operate, with penalties for those who don’t behave accordingly. Lindsey Knowles, employment law specialist at leading law firm Kirwans, said: “There are important...

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Recruiter Report finds Birmingham lawyers are “earning less than a decade ago”
Mar30

Recruiter Report finds Birmingham lawyers are “earning less than a decade ago”

· Newly-published report studies lawyer earnings across the UK since 2007 · Legal salaries show signs of serious stagnation in the Midlands · Some Birmingham lawyers earn significantly less than their equivalent ten years ago A new report released by BCL Legal Recruitment, has studied the rates paid to solicitors across the UK since 2007. The report worryingly shows that in some cases, lawyers in the Midlands are earning LESS now than...

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Sash Windows staff holiday case, currently with the ECJ – Here’s why you should pay attention!
Mar30

Sash Windows staff holiday case, currently with the ECJ – Here’s why you should pay attention!

Intro Can workers carry over holiday that they have been prevented from taking when they are mistakenly classed as self-employed? This is a question asked of the European Court of Justice by the Court of Appeal in a case brought by Peninsula and supported by the UK Government. The ECJ is considering the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and anor. Facts King was engaged as a salesman, receiving only commission, for 13 years....

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Cash boost for Kent Charity from Furley Page Foundation
Mar28

Cash boost for Kent Charity from Furley Page Foundation

Kent charity Strode Park Foundation has enjoyed a £5,000 boost to its finances thanks to the Furley Page Foundation, the charitable organisation set up by leading south east law firm Furley Page.   The Furley Page Foundation chose Strode Park as its charity of the year in 2016 and big-hearted staff at the law firm took part in a number of fundraising activities which led to nearly £2,000 being collected. This was increased to...

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Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane
Mar23

Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell about 15 feet while they were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and an agency worker suffered broken bones after the fall at Stansted Airport on 10 June 2015. They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the...

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MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle
Mar17

MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle

As HR and Health and Safety experts know only too well, breaches in health and safety law could result in the company being charged with Corporate Manslaughter where an employee is fatally injured as a result of that breach. However, as a Crown body, the MoD cannot face prosecution for breaches in health and safety law as the Crown is exempt under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. When their standards fail, a...

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Gender pay gap obligations: 6 things employers need to do
Mar17

Gender pay gap obligations: 6 things employers need to do

Guest blog by Fflur Jones, Partner, Darwin Gray www.darwingray.com   There has been a lot of public attention recently on the gender pay gap, and new rules are being brought in by the Government to force large employers to publish data on pay discrepancies between male and female employees. These obligations will start in April this year, and the first data will then be published in April 2018. Employers need to remember the following...

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Finalists announced for first Wales HR Awards
Mar09

Finalists announced for first Wales HR Awards

The finalists have been announced for the first ever Wales HR Awards. This event will recognise and celebrate the achievements of HR professionals in a black tie ceremony taking place at The SSE SWALEC Cardiff on 23rd March, hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd. Over the past few months, nominations have flooded in with a total of 28 HR professionals and 8 HR teams being named as finalists, putting them in the running to win one of the...

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National Apprenticeship Week – a week in the life of a legal apprentice
Mar09

National Apprenticeship Week – a week in the life of a legal apprentice

A week in the life of a legal apprentice By Florence Lungu, Legal Apprentice at national law firm Bond Dickinson 19 year old Florence has been a legal apprentice at national law firm Bond Dickinson for a year and half. In this article, she describes what her day-to-day role at the firm is like and what the apprenticeship scheme has meant for her, her personal and professional development as well as her career in law. My role as a...

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Gender pay reports mean public can “cast a forensic eye” over what firms pay their staff, warns employment law specialist
Mar08

Gender pay reports mean public can “cast a forensic eye” over what firms pay their staff, warns employment law specialist

Companies risk being exposed to bad publicity and reputational damage if they fail to avoid a hidden pitfall in new legislation on staff pay that comes into force next month, warned leading law firm Milners.   Focus on the words, not just the numbers Major employers will have a duty to reveal average salary differences between male and female staff for the first time under laws that take effect from April 6 – and Milners,...

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