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Launching our support for charities

We are pleased to launch our new initiative which supports the charities’ sector. 

Appreciating the financial pressures and other challenges that charitable organisations face, we have chosen to combine our wealth of experience with preferential charging rates to provide support to our charity clients on all employment matters and immigration matters.Read More

New Acas Guidance on Overtime

Acas has produced new Guidance on Overtime 

The guide covers:-

Is overtime compulsory or voluntary?
Is there a limit to how much overtime can be worked?
Pay when working overtime
Overtime for part time workers
Impact of overtime on holiday calculations

If you offer overtime to your employees this is a useful read to ensure you are getting it right and do get in touch if you would like to discuss.

Brexit – where are we now…

The status of EU nationals post referendum has been the source of endless speculation and uncertainty and the cause of much anxiety not only to them but to their employers and businesses generally.

The Home Office has in April 2018 published on its website the latest developments in the negotiations regarding the status of EU nationals and their immigration status. The publication sets out the key terms of the agreement reached with the EU as follows:Read More

All Change for the Spring!

It’s that time of year again when we see a number of employment law related changes.  The following is a summary for your diaries and includes:

the change to the taxation of termination payments;
the increase in the figure for weekly pay used, amongst other things, for the statutory redundancy calculations and the unfair dismissal basic award;
the national minimum wage increases;
the rise in other statutory payments, such as SMP and SSP; and
the much publicised GDPR.

Of course, not all changes will affect your business. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about these changes and how they may affect your business.Read More

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from JMA

As we near the close of another year, we would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. This year I was fortunate to become a trustee of a locally based charity, Peer Productions. For those of you who have not come across the amazing work that this charity does, Peer Productions is an award winning youth arts charity specialising in combining high quality arts practice with peer education.Read More

New campaign for protection for mothers rights at work…

Maternity Action has released a report which claims that one in every twenty mothers are made redundant during pregnancy, maternity leave or upon their return to work and some of these redundancies are unfair and/or amount to discrimination. Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, their partners and children and this latest campaign calls on the Government to urgently act on its commitment made in January this year to review redundancy protection. The report recommends that the UK adopts the German model of redundancy protection which would mean that women could not be made redundant from the point at which they notify their employer of their pregnancy right through to six months after their return to work, subject to some limited exceptions.

The report forms part of a manifesto produced by Maternity Action last year. Other policy changes which form part of this manifesto include revised guidance for employers conducting health and safety risk assessments for pregnant women and new mothers; better protecting those in precarious forms of employment; the removal of employment tribunal fees; a right to breastfeed at work; and an increase to the flat rate of parental pay by 2020.

The updates in this blog are published for information only and provide an overview of employment law and best practice as at the date of publication. No action should be taken without seeking professional advice.