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Managing Employee Long-term Sickness

Annette Wood
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Employee absence from work because of long-term illness can be very stressful for both the employer and the employee. The cost in terms of loss of productivity and turnover, especially for small and micro businesses, can be catastrophic. However, if managed...

Statement re the EU Referendum

Annette Wood
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Statement re the EU Referendum from employment and dispute resolution specialist and Partner at Andrew & Co Solicitors Annette Wood. “I am not sure the result was what businesses expected or wanted but in terms of employment legislation I do not...

Stricter Controls on Employee Monitoring

Annette Wood
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Recent news headlines have warned employees that social media chat and email conversations at work are open to being read by the boss, following a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. But experts say that the headline writers have missed the...

Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal Payments to be Increased

Annette Wood
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What Cost to Your Business? With effect from 6 April 2014 employers who make staff redundant or who face a claim for unfair dismissal will see an increase in the limits that an Employment Tribunal could award a former employee. If you are making an...

New Property Chamber

Annette Wood
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From the 1 July 2013 the Adjudicator to the HM Land Registry will be abolished, along with the Agricultural Land Tribunals and Rent Assessment Panels and will form part of a new 7th first-tier tribunal chamber – the Property Chamber. The work of the...

Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues

Annette Wood
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Court of Appeal decision 20 May 2013 In this case the Court of Appeal held that a statutory periodic tenancy is not a continuation of a fixed term tenancy and is a brand new tenancy. The implications are that deposits paid by tenants need to be...

Employment Law Changes 2013/2014

Annette Wood
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The following changes, relevant to employers and employees, take effect in March 2013:   Unpaid Parental leave The entitlement increased from 13 to 18 weeks on 8 March 2013; the Government has also indicated that, from 2015, it intends to...

Parental leave and flexible working hours

Kathryn Bolton
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New parents will be allowed to share annual parental leave. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced proposals to introduce a system of shared parental leave from 2015 with the aim of getting more women into the workforce and encouraging men to take...

How to be a truly equal opportunities employer

Kathryn Bolton
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Everyone is entitled to an equal chance for a rewarding job or career.  The introduction of equalities legislation has removed many inequalities in the workplace.  There is more, however, to being an equal opportunities employer than simply knowing...