Employment for Business
We recognise that employment law is complex and fast changing and it is difficult for employers to keep up to date. The Employment Team provide advice on all aspects of employment law. We understand that your employees are the most important part of your business but when things go wrong they can be costly to you both in loss of management time and financially.
Our advice is practical and robust. Our solicitors are down to earth and efficient with significant experience and technical knowledge of employment law. We focus on your business and will work with you to provide you with pragmatic and commercially sensible advice to help you achieve your objectives.
To support clients, we offer a retainer package service ‘Be Sure with Employment Law’, in-house training tailored to your needs, regular seminars held at Fakenham and King’s Lynn and a regular employment newsletter.
In addition to specialist employment advice, we work in conjunction with HR consultants, to enable us to provide you with access to a trusted HR consultant whether on an ‘ad hoc’ basis or for a particular project.
We offer a full and comprehensive employment service to employers, including:
- Employment contracts, policies and handbooks
- Performance and disciplinary problems
- Advising on dismissals and grievances
- Settlement Agreements
- Reducing hours of work and redundancies
- Transfer of Undertakings
- Restrictive covenants – drafting and enforcing
- Cost to your business
Here at Hayes + Storr we understand that what one employer wants is not necessarily right for another employer. That’s why we are prepared to work with you to offer you what is suitable for you.
We act for employers on both an hourly rate basis, a fixed rate basis or on a retainer scheme basis. Our costs are fair and transparent; we will discuss costs with you. For more information about the payment options available please contact Tina Maxey for a no obligation discussion. If you are looking for advice based on solid experience, contact us.
Keep up to date with current legislation and employment law with our regular employment updates below.
DECEMBER 2017 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES AND CASES
Right to paid annual leave: Anyone with deemed ‘worker’ status must be able to carry over annual leave
Breach of implied term of trust and confidence: If an employer on dismissing an employee does not tell them the real reason for the dismissal can the employee resign and claim for breach of contract for their notice pay?
Whistleblowing and self-interest concerns: EAT provides useful guidance on the scope of whistleblowing legislation, in particular where a disclosure is made purely out of concern of the employee’s own potential liability.
Vicarious liability and data protection breaches: Can an employer be vicariously liable for the criminal actions of a rogue employee who deliberately disclosed co-worker’s personal details?
NOVEMBER 2017 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES AND CASES
Risk assessments for breastfeeding mothers: Is failure to conduct an appropriate risk assessment for a breastfeeding employee sex discrimination?
Employment Tribunal Fees – Refund Scheme: Last month, we reported that the government announced a ‘first phase’ of its tribunal fees refund scheme. Following a ‘successful opening phase’ the government has now rolled out the scheme in full.
GDPR preparations for small businesses: preparing for compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
2017 Autumn Budget: key employment announcements
OCTOBER 2017 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES AND CASES
Calculating a week’s pay: is the long-established practice of excluding employer pension contributions for the purposes of calculating a week’s pay the correct approach?
Suspension is not a neutral act: Did suspension of a teacher purportedly to allow for a misconduct investigation to be carried out fairly, amount to a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence?
Dismissal: taking into account previous incidents
Injury to feelings awards: uprated bands for compensation for injury to feelings in discrimination claims
Tribunal Fees: Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that fees in the employment tribunal were unlawful, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have now launched the employment tribunal fee reimbursement scheme.
JULY 2017 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES AND CASES
Whistleblowing – Public Interest Test: can a disclosure which is in the private interest of the worker become in the ‘public interest’?
Non-Compete Clause and Expectations of Future Promotion: when an employee is promoted what happens to the enforceability of any existing restrictive covenants in their contract?
Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices: a run through of some of the main recommendations of The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices which was published on 11th July 2017
JUNE 2017 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES AND CASES
The National Minimum Wage: two recent cases providing clarity on allowances and working time
Sleep-in Shifts, On-Call and Working Time: are workers entitled to the national minimum wage whilst on call or sleeping at work?
The Right to be accompanied at a Disciplinary Hearing: can an employer veto the employee’s choice of companion in these circumstances?
Multiple Choice Tests and Disability Discrimination: can a multiple choice test as part of a recruitment exercise amount to disability discrimination?
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