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This is not a service that all law firms are familiar with, but as a client orientated practice we feel it is essential to go the extra mile for our local community, which has such proud agricultural heritage.
Updated Guidance on Furlough Scheme
As you will know, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by the Government. Here are the key points you need to know...
End of Firebreak Lockdown
The end of the firebreak lockdown on 9 November 2020 could not come quick enough for some people. It isn’t a secret that many families have struggled since the imposition of measures back in March of this year relating to Covid-19, but after being stuck in the house for the past 2 weeks this may have gotten worse...
The New Job Support Scheme – will it prevent redundancies?
The Government has announced a new Job Support Scheme (JSS) which will commence on 1 November 2020, as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Retention Scheme”) comes to an end. JSS will take a much different format to the Retention Scheme, and although the JSS will offer some support to the prevention of redundancies, it may not necessarily be as effective as its predecessor...
Dismissal deemed “fair” by Employment Appeal Tribunal where no procedure was followed
The Employment Appeal Tribunal have handed down a judgment in the case of Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail Ltd that states a dismissal based on Some Other Substantial Reason (SOSR), namely the breakdown of trust and confidence between the parties, was held to be lawful even where the employer failed to follow a fair procedure...
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Your rights in Redundancy
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced by the Government on 20 March to assist businesses who were impacted by Covid-19. This allowed employers to “furlough” their employees and make a claim from HMRC for 80% of their wages (limited to £2,500 per month) to be passed to the employee....
Former Clarks CEO fails in claim for unfair dismissal after sexist, racist and homophobic comments at work
Often employees believe that when it comes to regulations over conduct in the workplace, it is one rule for them and another for managers and executive officers within the organisation. Many will be reassured to note that a recent tribunal decision resoundingly confirmed that if Directors of an organisation behave contrary to the company’s code of conduct, they can be dismissed or asked to resign in the same way as any other employee...
How will the ASDA ongoing equal pay dispute affect North Wales retail workers?
Employment law expert, solicitor and former CAB Advisor, Ian Winrow, discusses how ASDAs equal pay dispute could affect North Wales retail workers It was widely reported earlier this year that large retail employer ASDA was likely to face significant back-pay and legal costs, after the Appeal...
Maternity Discrimination: Victory for pregnant care assistant who challenged working hours
A Middlesborough care assistant who was dismissed after choosing to no longer opt out from exceeding a 48-hour-plus week during her pregnancy has been awarded nearly £36,000 in compensation. The Tribunal heard that care assistants who worked for the employer, Care Preference, were frequently...
How HR leaders can help their companies avoid discrimination at work claims
Our employment law solicitor, Ian Winrow was recently invited by Employer News to advise HR Leaders on how they can guide their workplaces to avoid claims of discrimination at work. Here is Ian's article: I’m often asked by good employers on how they can avoid accidental discrimination...
Three leading HR experts offer their opinion on tackling the Gender Pay Gap
As a leading employment law solicitor, Ian Winrow was invited to join two other HR experts in their respective fields to collaborate on an article for Employer News about how the UK can tackle the gender pay gap. We were delighted to work with Kay Phelps, a PR in HR specialist and Rameez Kaleem......
North Wales Employment Law expert: UK should be ashamed of record on maternity discrimination
Just over a week ago, the UK joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women's Day. While it's great we are celebrating femininity. I can't help thinking of all the women I've seen at the CAB and in my private practice who are seeking advice on bringing a maternity discrimination...
Disability Discrimination – How long can you delay making a reasonable adjustment?
Employment Solicitor and Law Lecturer Ian Winrow considers the decision in a recent disability discrimination case. In my many years of working as an Employment Law Solicitor and Citizens Advice Bureau Advisor, disability discrimination is unfortunately something I’ve come across...
Draft domestic abuse bill published
The Bill allows increased access to justice for victims of domestic abuse involved in child arrangement proceedings and to adequately safeguard their children. The Domestic Abuse Bill provides victims of domestic violence in the family court, for the first time, the same types of protection...