February 24, 2016

The Force is strong … but not as strong as legislation …

After Harrison Ford broke his leg on set, the latest stage for a Star Wars follow up will be a high court room, with a Disney subsidiary facing charges for four safety breaches. What can businesses learn from this spaceship slip up? “May the 4th be with you” … or in this case, 8 days…

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February 23, 2016

Our easy guide to the National Living Wage

Are you concerned about how the national living wage will affect your business this April? Do you know what the impact would be on your business when a full time worker aged 25 or over who is currently on the National Minimum Wage will be paid an extra £4,800 per year by 2020? Don’t worry,…

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February 18, 2016

The National Living Wage and what it means for businesses

With The National Living Wage due to come into force in April 2016 many employers are worrying about how they will cope with the increased wage bill. With an estimated 2.7 million people expected to directly gain as a result, one thing to be mindful of is the fact that many people will feel more…

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February 17, 2016

Your Employee Handbook – Friend or Foe?

How could you ever have unfairly dismissed someone that disclosed your clients’ confidential information on an internet blog? Surely, you’re entitled to expect employees to respect your confidentiality provisions? That’s exactly what recently happened to international bank Citigroup when they sacked Perry Stimpson for just such an offence. Mr Stimpson was one of several London-based…

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February 16, 2016

5 tips for managing absence

Sickness absence costs small business around £300, 000 a year. The average employee takes 7 days off work sick per year at an average cost of £550 per employee per day. Whilst absence cannot be eliminated, after all we all get sick once in a while, managing absence in a fair and consistent way can…

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February 3, 2016

Another success for Moorepay at the Employment Tribunal

A financial services company has saved around £55,000 in legal costs and potential compensation after Moorepay successfully defended against a damaging discrimination claim. The employee’s Employment Tribunal claim alleged sex, religious and pregnancy discrimination. The medium sized company had been in existence for more than 20 years and had never previously received an Employment Tribunal…

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January 31, 2016

Moorepay successful against major tribunal claim

We recently represented a major food processing company in an Employment Tribunal claim and were successful in defending the claim, avoiding an award that could have run into tens of thousands of pounds. Although the organisation, as with many organisations this size, had some experience of Employment Tribunals, it was nevertheless in need of our…

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January 27, 2016

Is it okay to monitor your employees’ messages?

Employment law rarely makes front page news. However, a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) made the global press, with headlines suggesting that employers are now allowed to monitor employees’ personal emails and private messages. The ECtHR made the ruling on a case involving a Romanian engineer who was fired after…

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How to resolve workplace conflicts

It’s an inevitable fact of life that, whenever there is a gathering of people, conflict will arise from time to time. The work place is no different. How does an organisation handle or resolve such conflict? Is timing an important factor in resolving? Mediation is not often a consideration given by organisations to resolving disputes…

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How to handle the redundancy process

Delivering bad news about redundancies is never an easy task. However, how the process is managed can have a long-lasting impact on individuals and the organisation as a whole. At a time when many such businesses are in ‘survival mode’, the last thing that an employer wants to face is expensive litigation. A number of recent…

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January 19, 2016

Having no Employers’ Liability Insurance will cost you £4000

January 2016 saw a takeaway shop getting fined £2,000, with costs of £2,360, for failure to produce an ELCI (Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance) certificate. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how local fire protection services notified the HSE that the business did not have ELCI.  After numerous letters to the Takeaway business they failed to provide a…

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New Year, New Challenge – Are you legally Compliant?

As businesses return to work and look forward to what the New Year will bring, it is also a good time to start the year on the right footing with your Health & Safety Management Programme. So, how do you establish where you are at with your own business and your Health & Safety programme?…

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