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Mental Health Policy

New ACAS Guide for making reasonable adjustments for mental health

In what is national stress awareness month, ACAS has launched a new guide on making reasonable adjustments for mental health at work.  It gives guidance for employers as to what reasonable adjustments are with examples and how to respond to requests for reasonable adjustments for mental health reasons and how best to manage employees with […]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all my clients for their instructions in 2020 and to wish all my readers and contacts a Merry Christmas whatever this ends up looking like and a Happy and healthy 2021. 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for many in HR and Employment law […]

Restrictive Covenants

Are restrictive covenants enforceable?

This is the million dollar question.  It depends on whether the restrictions only go so far as is necessary to protect the business’ proprietary interest.  There are many arguments on both sides about protecting the business assets when staff leave and preventing solicitation and poaching when acting for the employer and being able to freely […]

ACAS early conciliation extension

ACAS early conciliation extension

The 1st December 2020 brought not only the start of advent and the Elf on the Shelf for some but for employment lawyers saw changes made to the time periods for early conciliation through ACAS.   ACAS early conciliation is mandatory before employees start many of the common employment law claims in the Employment Tribunal […]

World mental health day

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and across social media today we have seen a variety of messages including from celebrities that “It’s ok not to be ok.” Talking about mental health on any day and not just World Mental Health Day is good because it raises awareness and helps to remove the long held […]

Employers Contracts

Employment Lawyer of the Year 2019 – East Midlands – SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards

We’re pleased to share that we have been announced as winners of SME News’s Midlands Enterprise Awards in the category of “Employment Lawyer of the Year 2019“.

holiday pay and overtime

Holiday pay and voluntary overtime

In what is the latest in a number of holiday pay cases, the EAT has held that the NHS must include any overtime pay earned in the reference period in the calculation of holiday pay.  This includes both non-guaranteed and voluntary overtime.  The case of Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust UKEAT/0235/17 […]

national minimum wage and sleeping workers

National minimum wage and sleeping workers

The National Minimum Wage legislation is complex and there have been a number of high profile cases in recent years particularly in the care industry concerning whether carers are entitled to the national minimum wage when sleeping or on call. The National Minimum laws contain highly complex rules about calculating the number of hours worked […]

gross misconduct dismissal

Gross Misconduct dismissals

Employees get their full employment law rights after two years in employment (with some exceptions to the rule).  Often an employer is mindful of this fact and will look to exit an employee who is not performing at the optimum level or for other reasons.  The advice has always been not to take this course […]

Evolution of Work

The Evolution of Work

I am pleased to announcement the publishing of my first ever book.  Hopefully one of many to come and not a fiction title like the bucket list but one which is written in simple language to assist business owners with employment law issues.  It considers the impact of technology in the workplace.  The book covers a […]