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Our employment law and discrimination teams regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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Bullying and harassment in the workplace

Joanne Ribchester
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Worryingly, the TUC has reported that over a third of employees have suffered bullying in the workplace. There is a fine line between the distinction of workplace bullying and harassment. Bullying is not legally defined as being unlawful, with gov.uk...

The Workers Protection Bill - October 2024

Stephen Woodhouse
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The Worker Protection Bill takes effect from October 2024 and introduces a new duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment of their employees during the course of their employment. Employment tribunals will therefore have the...

Practical tips for employers when responding to a flexible working request

Stephen Woodhouse
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In April the law surrounding flexible working changed, one of the main changes being that employees are able to request flexible working arrangements from the beginning of their employment. The way in which employers must deal with such requests also...

The employment tribunal process - defending a claim from an employee

Stephen Woodhouse
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When an employee makes a claim against your business there are various stages of an employment tribunal process that you will have to go through. Here we will outline what you should expect during each of these stages and how we can help you to defend these...

The employment tribunal process - making a claim against your employer

Stephen Woodhouse
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When you wish to make a claim for compensation against your employer there are various stages of an employment tribunal process that you will have to go through. Here we will outline what you should expect during each of these stages. ACAS conciliation ...

Employer duty to prevent sexual harassment

Adam Pennington
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What will the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 include? The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 received Royal Assent on 26th October 2023 and is due to come into force in October 2024. The legislation...

Recent changes to employment law and what they mean for employees and employers

Joanne Ribchester
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As we are heading through spring, the season brings with it updates to employment law which are due to take effect from April 2024 and beyond. Minimum wage increases The annual minimum wage increase took effect from 01 April 2024. This sees the...

Changes to the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act and their impact on employees and businesses

Philip Richardson
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In today's fast paced world, the traditional 9-to-5 office work setup is becoming increasingly outdated. Recognising this shift, and the needs and preferences of employees to have a more balanced work and personal life, the government have introduced...

Changes to redundancy protections for pregnant employees or those returning to work from maternity or adoption leave

Philip Richardson
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From 6th April 2024, employees who are pregnant or returning from maternity, adoption or shared parental leave will gain priority status for redeployment opportunities in a redundancy situation. Under the current law, employees on maternity leave, shared...

Largest increase to minimum wage - what do those responsible for payroll need to consider?

Adam Pennington
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The government has announced a 9.8% increase in the National Living Wage (NLW), raising it to £11.44 per hour, starting from April 1, 2024. Additionally, NLW eligibility will be widened by lowering the age threshold to 21 years for the first time,...

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