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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

FAQs: Sickness absence and ‘fit notes’

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

One of my employees hasn’t provided a doctor’s certificate or ‘fit note’, but he has been absent for 8 days now. I don’t want to pay him anything until I know his absence is genuine. What can I do? It is for an employer to set rules for employees regarding... read more »

Yet more award success for Pure!

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

Following our success in winning the Best Start-up award last year, we never expected to be as lucky this time around - we attended the Observer and Gazette award ceremony on 19 April expecting nothing more than a good night out and some networking with other local businesses. So you can imagine... read more »

Employee shareholders: the politicians agree – finally!

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

We have previously written about the Government’s proposal to allow employers to offer employees shares in exchange for the employee giving up some of their employment rights. The Government’s proposals were twice rejected by the House of Lords, and as a result certain concessions to the legislation have been made... read more »

FAQs: The Three R’s - Redundancy, Restructure and Reorganisation

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

We regularly get asked questions about redundancy, restructure and reorganisation and here we have set out some common questions and answers for you. This was also inspired by our recent fully booked breakfast workshops on the subject! Please note that these FAQs do not cover the basics of a fair redundancy... read more »

Constructive dismissal and LinkedIn

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

LinkedIn is a hugely popular tool for professional networking – but it does have problems especially as employees can obtain and retain on their profile confidential information relating to their employer's business, such as the contact details of clients or customers. Questions around who owns such information and what employees are... read more »

Agency workers – their impact on collective redundancy and TUPE consultation

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

It has long been the case that where an employer is considering making more than 20 people redundant within a 90 day period, or where there is a transfer of employment governed by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE), there is an obligation on the employer to... read more »

Does being obese make you disabled?

28 March 2013 by Nicola Brown

We are often asked whether overweight or obese people have legal protection against discrimination. The answer is usually no – but the issues were carefully examined in the recent case of Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd. Mr Walker was suffering from a number of health problems and... read more »

Reforms – all the latest on employee shareholders and more!

28 March 2013 by Nicola Brown

As promised we are keeping you up to date on the progress of the Government’s employment law reform agenda (keeping up with it is nearly a full time job at the moment!). Employee Shareholders In the Budget on 20 March George Osborne announced that the initial shares given to an ‘employee shareholder’ (which... read more »

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