1. Business and Uncertainty – Time to Futureproof Your Business

    As we move reluctantly into a period of uncertainty (let’s not mention the B word), where even largescale corporate companies face sale, closure, or restructuring, we worry also for small and medium-sized business. A talking point has been the recent high-profile news that Exeter-based airline Flybe (a company with 2,300 staff in the UK) is…

  2. Where do I stand if the business I work for is about to be sold?

    When the business that employs you and enables you to pay the bills goes up for sale, the question every employee finds themselves asking is– “is my job secure if the company I work for is set to be sold?” The recent announcement that Exeter-based airline Flybe (a company with 2,300 staff in the UK…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Christmas Party Legal Pitfalls

    Employers are increasingly concerned about the perceived minefield of legal pitfalls when holding office Christmas parties. However, this should not put off employers from hosting them as pitfalls can in many cases be avoided through pre-planning and careful consideration of your employee’s needs. Here are the main things we suggest that employers consider: An extension…