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Report finds gender equality a challenge for businesses

Report finds gender equality a challenge for businesses

New research has found that achieving gender parity and advancement for female workers remains a major challenge for businesses. The report from Korn Ferry and The Conference Board found that 66 per cent of 300 HR executives questioned thought that the representation of women in leadership roles within their organisations was inadequate. More positively, a…

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March 29, 2019
Posted in Latest News

Auto-enrolment Pensions – Changes to minimum contributions

Auto-enrolment Pensions – Changes to minimum contributions

If you operate an auto-enrolment pension scheme for your staff, you should be aware that the current minimum total contribution of 5% will increase to a total minimum contribution of 8% with effect from April 2019. Date effective Employer’s minimum contribution Staff contribution Total minimum contribution April 2018 until March 2019 2% 3% 5% April…

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Could it be unfair to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

Could it be unfair to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

Yes, held the employment tribunal in Ball v First Essex Buses Limited.  FACTS: Mr Ball, a 61 year old diabetic, was employed by First Essex Buses Limited (the Company) for over 20 years as a bus driver.  The company had a drugs and alcohol policy which allowed it to carry out random testing. A saliva…

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Were ‘bad leaver’ provisions forcing an employee to give up a shareholding an unenforceable penalty?

Were ‘bad leaver’ provisions forcing an employee to give up a shareholding an unenforceable penalty?

No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Nosworthy v Instinctif Partners Limited.  FACTS: Ms Nosworthy was employed by Communication Operations Ltd (COL) prior to its acquisition by Instinctif Partners Limited (“IP”) by way of a sale of shares. As a condition of the acquisition, Ms Nosworthy, as a key employee, was given a small (2%)…

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

When may an employer suspend an employee without breaching the implied term of trust and confidence?

When may an employer suspend an employee without breaching the implied term of trust and confidence?

When it has reasonable and proper cause for doing so, held the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo.  FACTS: Ms Agoreyo, an experienced primary school teacher, taught a class of 29 five and six year old children, two of whom exhibited extremely challenging behaviour. Allegations were made against Ms Agoreyo that…

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Was it discriminatory of an ultra- orthodox Jewish nursery to dismiss a teacher who refused to lie about cohabiting with her boyfriend?

Was it discriminatory of an ultra- orthodox Jewish nursery to dismiss a teacher who refused to lie about cohabiting with her boyfriend?

No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Gan Menachem Hendon Limited v de Groen. FACTS: Ms de Groen was a Jewish teacher at a Jewish nursery run on ultra-orthodox Chabad principles. At a barbeque with her boyfriend, he revealed in the presence of parents that they lived together, in contravention of ultra- orthodox Jewish belief. …

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Managing mental health sickness absences – what employers need to know.

Managing mental health sickness absences – what employers need to know.

Question: One of my employees has been off sick with stress for 10 months. His absence is now becoming a real problem for the business. I am not sure when he will be ready to return to work and how I go about discussing this with him. What are my options if he remains too…

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March 27, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Business bodies call for fair division of public sector contracts after collapse of outsourcing giant Interserve

Business bodies call for fair division of public sector contracts after collapse of outsourcing giant Interserve

The collapse of outsourcing giant Interserve highlights the dangers of relying on very few companies to take on the biggest public sector contracts, a business body has warned.

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March 26, 2019
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Last year saw surge in over 45’s asking for IHT advice

Last year saw surge in over 45’s asking for IHT advice

The number of over-45s seeking estate planning advice has risen sharply in the past year as many struggle to understand inheritance tax (IHT) rules, research has shown.

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March 25, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Police forces “failing” victims of domestic abuse, suggests charity

Police forces “failing” victims of domestic abuse, suggests charity

A charity organisation has accused the police of “systematic failure” in protecting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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March 20, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law