Employlaw

You will have unlimited advice from your own dedicated employment law or immigration Solicitor who will provide you with a first class, personal service;  all at a fixed and highly competitive fee.

We aim to become an extension of your organisation so as to provide a comprehensive and seamless service.

Business Owners

Every business owner knows that HR and H&S are vital to their business. However, these functions can often consume a lot of time, effort and expense.

By helping you manage and oversee these important areas, our specialists will allow you to focus more of your time and energy on your business.

HR Managers

In-house HR departments can find themselves overwhelmed with the various tasks and requirements that are expected of them.

We can be your trusted partner to ensure you spend less time doing paperwork or research and more time focusing on the efficiency of your workforce.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety is an important part of every workplace, and our highly qualified H&S consultants have the skills and experience to support you.

Our experts will help you to greatly reduce your risk of non-compliance, and ensure you improve and develop your existing H&S systems.

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With the latest Government advice - Do I still need work from home?

The Government’s roadmap identified that until England reached Step 4 of the Roadmap, employees should work from home where they can. As we are aware Step 4 has been delayed from 21st June to 19th July 2021 and therefore, employers should continue with home working wherever possible until the 19th July.  

Changing an employee’s terms and conditions is challenging both from a legal and trust perspective.

British Gas has been in the media over recent weeks due to the “fire and rehire” approach with their employees.

What are restrictive covenants and why do I need them?

I own a start-up which grew very quickly and a few years ago I hired in a couple of senior personnel to help run the business. After 5 years, one of these senior hires is now leaving the business and going to a company which isn’t a direct competitor but operates in a very similar field.

Do you need to offer enhanced shared parental leave pay?

When shared parental leave was introduced in 2015, one of the concerns was whether an employer would need to offer enhanced shared parental leave pay if the employer provided enhanced adoption and/or maternity leave pay.

Domestic Abuse in the Workplace

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy undertook a report into domestic abuse and the workplace. The report identified that the number of domestic abuse cases had increased during the pandemic and that 1 in 5 victims of domestic abuse had time off work. Sadly, research found that few employers were able to identify the signs of domestic abuse and/or had policies or procedures available to help support survivors.

The Spring Budget 2021: A Summary

As the UK eagerly tuned in to the most anticipated Budget for a generation, many were left wondering what the Chancellor’s traditional “rabbit out of a hat” might contain - especially as several big measures had been announced beforehand.

Uber Drivers are workers and not self-employed, Supreme Court rules

19 February 2021. The UK Supreme Court has issued its judgment in the highly anticipated case of Uber BV v Aslam, in which the key issue was the employment status of Uber drivers. The ruling reinforced the findings of earlier legal challenges (most recently the Court of Appeal in 2018), which found that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed.

Can I force my staff to have the Covid Vaccination?

Recent news reports indicate that some employers are considering making it compulsory for their staff to have a Covid vaccination.  Is this a lawful, or even sensible, move by employers?

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