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FAQs regarding employment during the COVID-19 crisis

Many businesses are suffering from the spread of coronavirus and considering what options are available to them to manage their workforce during this turbulent time.

Clare Thomas, Solicitor at Bowcock and Pursaill answers some of the most frequently asked questions, including the alternatives to furloughing.

Employment: Q&A re Covid-19

Employers have faced unprecedented times in the last few weeks. Even financially healthy businesses must navigate changing government guidance carefully to take advantage of the help offered by…

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Employment Tribunals – an alternative to the queue 

Employment Tribunals – an alternative to the queue 

In 2017 the Employment Tribunal system changed when a UK Supreme Court case declared Employment Tribunal fees unlawful. Employment law solicitor Tim Wolley looks at the effects of this landmark ruling on the employment tribunal process. 

What is the effect on tribunals? 

Employment tribunals were a slow process to begin with but with the ruling in 2017, the process of getting to tribunal has continued to slow. This now means the queue of…

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Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) – a blessing in disguise? 

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) – a blessing in disguise? 

NDAs (confidentiality clauses) are popular in the business world. However, there is a suggestion that NDAs can help employers to cover up any illegal behaviour by paying employees or workers off and then binding them to silence with an NDA. Our Employment solicitor Clare Thomas explains what you can do to protect yourself from unfair NDA terms in settlement agreements. 

What is an NDA?  

Often found in settlement agreements – but can also…

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References – to give, or not to give 

References – to give, or not to give 

Whether you’re an employer or employee it’s a well-known fact that the majority of employers will want at least one reference with any job application.  Clare Thomas, Employment law specialist at Bowcock and Pursaill explains what your rights are when it comes to references. 

Are references mandatory? 

It’s mandatory for an employer to give a reference if it’s part of your contractual agreement. For example, if it’s…

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Lay off and short-time working – coping with a unexpected downturn in business

Many businesses are suffering from the spread of coronavirus and considering what options are available to them to manage their workforce during this turbulent time.

One option is to lay off employees or put them on short-time working.

What is lay off and short-time working?

Broadly speaking, laying off employees means that the employer provides employees with no work (and no pay) for a period but they remain employees.  Short-time working means providing employees with less work…

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Leaving the EU – what this means for employers and workers

The UK left the EU at 11pm on Saturday 31 January. The implementation period is until 31st December. During this time the Government will negotiate with the EU. But what does this mean for employers and workers? Employers can still hire EU workers because they continue to have the right to work here; EU nationals have until June 2021 to apply for settled status.

Much of our employment law comes from the EU: working time, holiday pay, maternity rights, discrimination…

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One in eight of women in the workforce is over 50

Women over 50 in the workplace
By 2022 this will be one in six. Does your organisation have a menopause policy, or a menopause or wellbeing champion? Many women will have perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms that affect their work: for one in three the symptoms are severe. These range from difficulty sleeping and tiredness, to anxiety and panic attacks. If a worker does not get the help and support they need, they can become ill, lose confidence in their work…

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Harmless fun and banter, or workplace harassment

Harassment can blight the lives of workers and wreck their careers. It can also land employers in hot water because they are responsible for ensuring workers do not face harassment: they must take reasonable steps to protect their workers – or be liable for the harassment

No workplace is immune to harassment. Sadly many reports of harassment are met with threats to the victim, disciplinary hearings and dismissals, comments that they are “over sensitive”. And did you know that something can…

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Ethical Veganism – a concern for employers

There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation; it’s unlawful to discriminate against them. In the workplace this means care must be taken with recruitment, terms and conditions, pay and benefits, promotions and training, dismissal and redundancy.

The Employment Tribunal recently looked at ethical veganism. Is it philosophical belief deserving protected status? Environmental concerns are soaring up the agenda: veganism…

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What’s new in April 2020?

In April 2020 there are many changes coming regarding employment law. Clare Thomas, Solicitor at Bowcock and Pursaill is current helping many clients to prepare for the changes in employment law that lie ahead. Here she looks at what you should be considering and what the possible impact could be on businesses.
Changes to the use of Agency Workers
The Swedish Derogation is an exemption from the equal treatment principle as regards pay where agency workers have a permanent employment…

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Employment Tribunals – an alternative to the queue 

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Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) – a blessing in disguise? 

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