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Employment Law Newsletter May 2024

May's employment law newsletter covers paternity leave, multi-claimant legislation and more.

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Heather Reynolds Appointed as Partner at Bowcock & Pursaill

Bowcock & Pursaill has appointed Heather Reynolds as the latest partner at the firm. Having joined the team more than 14 years ago, Heather is the epitome of climbing the career ladder, starting out as Office Assistant. Very quickly Heather became interested in training as a solicitor and started working her way up the ranks. She progressed to Receptionist first before becoming a Legal Secretary at the firm at 21 where she worked for Commercial Property Specialist, Tom Gregory and Residential Property Specialist, Emma Amat. During her time as Legal Secretary, Heather enrolled at Staffordshire University to study law in...

3 min read.

Employment Law Newsletter April 2024

What are the new employment laws and how will they affect employees and employers? This month, we are focusing exclusively on the new employment laws that will come into force in April 2024. National Minimum Wage Increases The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will experience increases effective from 1 April 2024. For people over 21, the National Minimum (Living) Wage will elevate from £10.42 to £11.44. Those aged between 18-20 will see an increase from £7.49 to £8.60, while individuals aged 16-17 and apprentices will observe a rise from £5.28 to £6.40. The NMW, a mandatory wage floor for all employers,...

3 min read.

Increased protection from redundancy for pregnant employees and those who have taken adoption or shared parental leave – new legislation 2024

In April 2024, there will be significant changes to UK redundancy rules. Currently, employers have a legal obligation to offer suitable alternative employment, where a vacancy exists, to an employee who is on maternity leave, shared parental or adoption leave, if their job is at risk of redundancy. This is limited to the duration of the relevant leave. The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023, which received Royal Assent on 24 May 2023, introduces further protections which means that expectant employees or those returning from maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, will receive greater protection from redundancy....

3 min read.

Supporting our commercial clients

Bowcock and Pursaill successfully supported the purchase of two companies which each operates separate care homes on the same day for long standing client Bishnu Khanal. Working with Partner Catherine Whittles and the corporate and commercial property team has been nothing but positive for Mr Khanal for the past 13 years. In 2011, Catherine and her team supported Mr Khanal’s acquisition of a care home and he hasn’t looked elsewhere for that service since. Since appointing Bowcock and Pursaill to help with his commercial acquisitions, Mr Khanal has purchased five care homes. The most recent being two on the same...

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Protection from Harassment – new legislation 2024

The Worker Protection Bill has been updated and new legislation comes into effect from October 2024 covering protection from harassment. Employment law specialist, Clare Thomas, talks through the new legislation and what it means for employers. What does Protection from Harassment legislation mean for employers? This new legislation means that workers will have protection from harassment – particularly sexual harassment – and employers will be duty-bound to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment of their employees. In workplaces where sexual harassment thrives, this new legislation will be very welcomed. It marks a change in legislation from ‘redress’ to ‘prevention’,...

4 min read.

New Flexible Working legislation 2024

Millions of workers in the UK will have more flexibility over where and when they work as the Government announces new flexible working legislation which comes into effect on 6 April 2024. Under this new legislation, employees will have the right to request flexible working from day one of their employment. This is a significant change from current legislation which states that an employee must be employed for 26 weeks or more before being able to request to work flexibly. Clare Thomas, employment law specialist at B&P talks about the changes and what employers can do to prepare. Why is...

4 min read.

What is the Neonatal Care Act?

Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Neonatal Care Act will be introduced to support employees who have a newborn baby receiving palliative or medical care. This means that it will be easier for employees to be granted Neonatal Leave and Neonatal Care Pay to look after their babies. The Neonatal Care Act received Royal Assent on 24 May 2023, and it is scheduled to come into force in April 2025. What will employees be entitled to? It is anticipated that employees who qualify for neonatal care will be offered the additional entitlement if their baby needs medical or palliative care...

3 min read.

Employment Law Newsletter February 2024

The Employment Tribunal considered whether a university professor had been directly discriminated against, harassed and victimised for her gender-critical beliefs. The Employment Tribunal has affirmed the claims made by a former professor against her previous employer, the Open University. The allegations include direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and constructive dismissal based on her gender-critical beliefs. Her perspectives, such as asserting that a person cannot alter their biological sex and emphasising the distinction between sex and gender identity, met the Grainger criteria and were protected under the Equality Act 2010. Professor Phoenix expressed her gender-critical views by co-signing a letter to The...

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