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  1. Work Christmas Party
    Christmas Parties – The Legal Pitfalls – by Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    When that time of year rolls around again and you need to start planning the office Christmas party, it’s understandable for employers to be concerned about the accompanying potential legal pitfalls. However, don’t forget that Christmas parties are a great opportunity to lift staff morale and give your employees a rewarding social occasion, so don’t…

  2. Pay deduction orange purse
    Beware the pitfalls of deducting employees’ pay – by Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    Employers often get caught out by thinking that they can simply deduct money from an employee’s next pay packet if they owe them money. However, the law surrounding the deduction of wages is not as clear what many employers might assume. Our Employment Department run through some of the common pitfalls below to ensure that…

  3. clocks go back
    Employers – What to do the night the clocks go back? – by Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    There’s one thing sure to change in Britain at the end of October – no, not us leaving the EU (Brex-what!?) – the clocks change back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time of course. This means that, at 2 o’clock in the morning on Sunday 27th October, we effectively gain an extra hour…

  4. 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…

  5. Employment Tribunal Contract
    Step-by-step Guide to Employment Tribunals for Employers – By Kerry Curd of WBW Solicitors

    Employment tribunal claims pose a number of risks to businesses through the considerable amount of time and resources they incur, including financial consequences, and also through the threat to their reputations. Our employment team prides itself in the WBW Employment Law Package, which we offer to business clients, whereby we guard against employment tribunal claims…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. workers hats
    Business and uncertainty – time to futureproof your business

    With the uncertainty that 2019 is set to bring and Employment Tribunal claims being at a 5 year high, there has never been a better time to ensure that your legal employment support is in hand. Each quarter, the Ministry of Justice publishes the number of Employment Tribunal claims.  In December 2018, the figures report…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Two Partner Promotions at WBW

    Laura Clarke (Corporate & Commercial) and Kerry Curd (Employment) have both been promoted to Partner at WBW Solicitors. Both Kerry and Laura have been with the firm for a number of years and have extensive experience within their specialist areas. Laura also heads up our Food & Drink team. Steve Bulman, Managing Partner, at WBW…

  12. 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…