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With Easter coming up this weekend, most of us will enjoy a long weekend. We’re regularly asked about how bank holidays should be handled when calculating annual leave – especially when it comes to part-time workers who don’t work every day of the week. So, we hope this short article is helpful ahead of the...
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With a couple of weeks left until the UK is supposed to leave the EU and ahead of a big vote in Parliament today, we take the opportunity to look briefly at what is likely to happen to employment law when (if?) the UK leaves the EU. The government has indicated that it is likely...
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With more and more people opting to stay at work rather than retire at what would previously have been seen as traditional retirement ages, the news this week that an 88 year old woman has become the oldest person in the UK to win an age discrimination case is a timely reminder of the need...
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In this first blog post of 2019, we’re suggesting a New Year’s Resolution for employers. Very few people like having difficult conversations but, in an employment context, it’s important that matters are addressed at an early stage. We recognise that it is often difficult to deal with concerns over performance or minor conduct issues. However, issues...
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In 2018, two issues dominated employment law  – employment status and holiday pay. Both on the news and in our advice to clients, these two issues came up time and time again this year. In relation to employment status, you may be aware of cases on the news where individuals were treated as self-employed but...
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With one month to go in the year and many organisations using the calendar year as their leave year, we’re taking this opportunity to remind clients of what they need to know about holidays and holiday pay. There have been further high profile cases on holiday pay in recent weeks – one involving the Police...
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Everyone falls ill from time to time and employers should understand that there will be occasions when employees are off work due to sickness. However, a good attendance record from employees is essential to the smooth running of any organisation. When employees are absent on sick leave, this is not only a difficulty for the...
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Readers may be aware from various news reports in recent years, that here have been several cases taken relating to an individual’s employment status. Typically, the company or organisation asserts that the individual is self-employed and the individual is arguing that they are in fact an employee or worker. There are certain distinctions between “employees”...
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Most contracts of employment contain probationary period clauses. It is common for contracts to contain a provision that the first three or six months in employment is considered to be a probationary period. If the employee proves satisfactory during the probationary period, the employment is confirmed. If there is still some doubt at the end...
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The World Cup kicks off tomorrow. Who will you be supporting? In most work places up and down the country, there will be people who are very interested and following as closely as they can and other people whose only interest will be in when it’s all over (15th July for those counting down the...
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