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We know that as an employer these are very stressful and worrying times for you and your staff. We are here to help as best we can.  To be able to assist you over the coming weeks and months all of our appointments can now take place over the phone.

Our Employment Law team are working successfully from home in line with government guidance. They have full access to the systems they need and our main switchboard and administrative functions continue to operate as normal.

One of the main things that we are being asked by businesses is what they can do with their staff in this period of downturn.  A word of caution though please, do not fall foul of employment law rights when considering redundancies.  Tribunal figures have rocketed recently and we would hate for your business to be added to the list.  Please get in touch should you need any guidance.

Read our Guide to Extended Furlough - Updated 5th March 2021

 

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Your Questions Answered

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Your Questions Answered

Over time, the gap between women’s and men’s median hourly earnings has been narrowing. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) it has fallen by over a quarter among full-time employees in the last decade.

 

How to calculate holiday pay in 2021: an update on legislative changes

How to calculate holiday pay in 2021: an update on legislative changes

For many businesses, calculating holiday pay is a straight-forward process. Employers are, within the parameters of the law, able to dictate how many annual leave days or hours a staff member is entitled to.

What is the Good Work Plan and why does it matter?

What is the Good Work Plan and why does it matter?

For many, 2020 will go down in history as the year that changed everything, and one of the most significant changes was the way in which we work.

Your FAQ’s regarding annual leave and Coronavirus

Your FAQ’s regarding annual leave and Coronavirus

Here, our employment law team cover some of the most commonly asked questions relating to holiday during the pandemic.

Coronavirus - Extended Furlough Guide

Coronavirus - Extended Furlough Guide

With the furlough scheme being extended and on-going decisions around the safe return to the workplace, home working and potential redundancies, we have updated this guide to cover the key points that your business may wish to consider.

Coronavirus - Flexible Furlough Guide

Coronavirus - Flexible Furlough Guide

With lockdown being eased, the CJRS changing and workplaces beginning to open up again we have created this guide to summarise the key points that your business may wish to consider.

Treat redundancy with the respect it deserves

Treat redundancy with the respect it deserves

As a business owner, we know you try to plan for every possible situation but unfortunately, nobody could have predicted what 2020 had in store.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Furlough Leave (Updated 20th April)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Furlough Leave (Updated 20th April)

Furlough leave is a government scheme that will allow businesses to continue paying a contribution to the salariesof employees who are not required to work “by reason of circumstances as a result of coronavirus or coronavirus disease”. The furlough scheme is known as the CJRS.

Coronavirus - Business Support Guide

Coronavirus - Business Support Guide

Explains the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and summarises the additional support measures currently available to businesses.

Protecting your business and your employees during difficult trading periods

Protecting your business and your employees during difficult trading periods

As the country continues to grapple with the evolving situation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses and business owners are reacting in real time to the government advice relating to social distancing and non-essential travel.

The Good Work Plan

The Good Work Plan

Whilst the end of the calendar year can often prove busy from an operational perspective within many organisations spanning many sectors, for business owners and decision makers the period leading up to the financial year end is usually the most demanding.
Handling Holiday Season as an Employer

Handling Holiday Season as an Employer

The weather is finally getting warmer and it looks like summer has almost arrived. There is a buzz around the office as people are getting ready to jet off on their holidays.
Dementia in the workplace – what are your responsibilities

Dementia in the workplace – what are your responsibilities

In a previous article, we looked at the impact of the country’s ageing population on the UK workforce, and the subsequent impact that it was having on employers and businesses large and small.

Health & Wellbeing in The Workplace

Health & Wellbeing in The Workplace

As an employer, you will know just how important the wellbeing of your staff can be, but it’s not always easy to implement. At a recent ‘Listen & Learn’ event in Chesterfield, Banner Jones Solicitors’ Employment Law team discussed the importance of having a wellbeing focus in the workplace and, in this article, Head of Employment Law, Katie Ash focusses on the methods of best practice when it comes to ensuring that strategies are all encompassing and effectively implemented.
Risky Business- Employment Law Changes 2019

Risky Business- Employment Law Changes 2019

Not keeping up to date with changes to Employment Law can put your business at risk, so from an employer’s perspective it is important to spend time understanding what the changes are so that you can ensure your business complies. That’s where we can help.
Uber drivers entitled to workplace protections

Uber drivers entitled to workplace protections

The ‘gig’ economy is characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. Depending upon your viewpoint, it is either a positive working environment that offers a great deal of flexibility (for example, employment hours in the control of the individual) or it is a form of worker exploitation with very little protection (for example, lack of paid holidays, sickness benefit and so on).

Employing Older Workers

Employing Older Workers

With an ageing population leading to a need for many people to work longer, coupled with the abolition of the compulsory retirement age, the average age of people leaving the workplace has increased steadily over the last two decades. In fact, the over 50s now make up over a third of the working population.

Positive Action not Positive Discrimination

Positive Action not Positive Discrimination

People often talk about how certain groups are under-represented within workforces, but what steps can an employer take to redress this? Director and Head of Employment Law at Banner Jones Solicitors, Katie Ash, discusses how employers can use a Positive Action approach to help these groups access employment or training as outlined in the Equality Act 2010
GDPR – TIPS FOR EMPLOYEES

GDPR – TIPS FOR EMPLOYEES

Complying with GDPR is the responsibility of every employee so we’ve written some tips on how you can help your business stay compliant.

Notification of email checks required

Notification of email checks required

A recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights has provided further specific clarification of companies’ responsibilities in respect of their employee email policies. Katie Ash, Head of Employment Law said, “The ECHR ruling in case of Bogdan Bărbulescu could shape extent to which firms can monitor employees’ private communications”. In essence, the court ruling says that not only must a company policy inform employees that they reserve the right to monitor employee emails, but they must also let employees know when they are doing so.

The impact of Brexit on the UK’s Employment Law

The impact of Brexit on the UK’s Employment Law

As the Nation waits with baited breath to discover what the Government’s strategy for leaving the EU will be, when it will happen and whether it will be a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit, many employers are, unsurprisingly, concerned about what the future of employment law will look like. How quickly will it change, what will their obligations be, and what steps will they need to take to ensure compliance?

Gender Pay Gap Reporting- Is Your Business Ready?

Gender Pay Gap Reporting- Is Your Business Ready?

In April 2017 employers with over 250 staff became obliged to report on gender pay gaps. Here are some tips that your business may wish to consider.

Guide to Selling a Business

Guide to Selling a Business

There are many factors to consider when selling a business and it isn’t something that should be entered into lightly. Our free guide runs through some of the important considerations this involves.

Redundancy Procedure Guide

Redundancy Procedure Guide

We have put together a redundancy procedure guide for employers to outline the full process, selecting people for redundancy, common mistakes and vital information you should consider to be able to make informed decisions.

Disciplinary Action Guide

Disciplinary Action Guide

We have put together a Disciplinary Action Guide for Employers featuring procedures, problems and grievances.

Online Privacy in the Office

Online Privacy in the Office

Companies are within their rights to monitor the private online activities of their employees when they are in the office.

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