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  1. Conflict between business partners
    Top Tips for Managing Conflict in a Business – by Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    Every business that employs staff will naturally aim to encourage a strong team spirit and professionalism within their organisation. However, conflicts in the workplace are bound to occur from time to time. In the heat of the moment, emotions can take over and things can turn personal, which is always a risk for employers. For…

  2. BBQ Bank Holiday
    Bank Holidays – Our Top Tips for Employers

    Most workers have a right to the statutory minimum entitlement of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998. For fulltime employees, this amounts to 28 days (which is equivalent of four weeks’ holiday plus the usual public holidays). Note that Scotland and Northern Ireland have slightly different bank holidays to the…

  3. employ,ment tribunal document
    Employment Tribunals – A step-by-step guide – by Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    Pursuing an employment tribunal claim is daunting even at the best of times but our expert employment solicitors can support you throughout the process. To show what to expect, our Employment team have come up with this handy guide to a standard employment tribunal proceeding. 1. At this first stage, we will take your initial…

  4. Rise in the National Minimum Wage – What you need to know

    Businesses owners and employers should be aware that new and increased National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are coming into effect on 1st April 2019. The NMW is the minimum pay per hour that most workers under the age of 25 are entitled to by law The government’s NLW is the…

  5. Company Closure – Employment Rights

    When the business that employs you and enables you to pay the bills announces that they are closing, the question every employee finds themselves asking is– “what are my employment rights?”. The air of uncertainty created in such circumstances means that job security becomes a genuine worry. Should I jump ship early?; will I be…

  6. What does winter weather mean for your business?

    In a cold snap, businesses can be disrupted and even forced to close if employees cannot get to work due to the impact of snow and ice on our transport links. So, what should an employer consider in the event that Jack Frost keeps your staff away? • An employee is under a duty to attend…

  7. Less Scrooge, More Santa

    Christmas in the Workplace  Tis the season to be jolly and the time when most employers choose to adopt a certain sense of Santa-like generosity.  Many will offer a reward to their staff in the form of the ‘Christmas bonus’ or, ‘Christmas Party’. The Christmas party (and partaking in a festive tipple) brings with it…

  8. Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination

    In May 2018, the Government Equalities Office published new guidance for employers, employees and job seekers on dress codes in the workplace and sex discrimination. The guidance states that: Dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer’s terms and conditions of employment and are usually put in place in order to present and…

  9. Employment Law Update – National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage Increase

    Just a reminder that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are changing from the 1st April 2018. The new rates are shown below: Remember that employees can make a claim at the Employment Tribunal and HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) can take employers to court for not paying the NMW/NLW.The…

  10. Can your employees take the day off work due to snow? Your rights explained by our experts

    With Met Office weather warnings in place, Devon & Cornwall are set to be hit hard by bitter Siberian weather conditions. But what happens if your staff can’t get to work due to the snow? Here is all the information you need from our employment law experts… The legal position Employees are obliged to attend…

  11. Refund of Employment Tribunal Fees – Now Available To Claim Online

    Further to our recent news article ‘Employment Tribunal Fees ruled ‘unlawful’’, www.gov.uk have updated their website and applications for a refund of employment tribunal fees can now be made online. If the applicant is entitled to a refund, it will be transferred to their bank account (plus 0.5% interest). Applicants can apply online, by email…

  12. National Living Wage: Avoiding potential pitfalls

    The national living wage (NLW) is an additional rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) which applies to workers aged 25 or over from 1st April 2016.  Its introduction will affect almost all employers and create a number of potential pitfalls that they will wish to avoid. Here, to help avoid these issues, employment specialist James…