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Dress Codes

Posted by on May 29th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

A number of recent high profile cases has resulted in the issue of workplace dress codes being addressed by the Government.

The Government Equalities Office has published new non-statutory guidance for employers, who set dress codes, and employees and job applicants, who may have to abide by them: Dress Codes

The guidance is summarised as follows:

  • A workplace dress code is a set of standards that employers develop about what is appropriate for employees to wear to work.

  • Dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer’s terms and conditions of employment.

  • Dress policies for men and women...

Protecting your business – Shareholder Agreements

Posted by on May 25th 2018 in Blog Posts, Corporate, Employment

Protecting your business – Shareholder Agreements

What is a Shareholders Agreement?

A Shareholders Agreement is an agreement entered into between the Shareholders in a Company.

The Shareholders Agreement regulates how the Company is run, the relationship between the Shareholders and how the shares are to be held and protected.  Its purpose is to protect the Shareholder’s investment in the Company and establish a fair relationship between the Shareholders.

An agreement can provide for many eventualities and will contain specific important practical rules relating to the Company and the relationship between the Shareholders.

Why have a Shareholders Agreement?

When setting up a Company,...

Practitioner's Insights: The Dismissal Letter

Posted by on May 24th 2018 in Employment

Practitioner's Insights: The Dismissal Letter

Given the significant increase in litigation since the abolition of Tribunal Fees, we share our Practitioner’s insights on how to avoid or manage Tribunal litigation.  This month, we discuss the importance of a well drafted dismissal letter.

During my very first few weeks in the job, a wise man (Read: Rhodri) told me to “make your letter the only one the Tribunal Judge needs to read”.  As much as it pains me to admit this, he is right.  We see all too often a client who has shied away from giving the warts and all account in a dismissal letter to...

GDPR: Eight things you need to do

Posted by on May 24th 2018 in Blog Posts

GDPR: Eight things you need to do
  1. Consider processing personal data in a way so that you can’t tell from looking at it which person it relates to. You would need additional information (a key or code) kept separately (and securely) to decode it. (Known as ‘pseudonymisation’.)
     
  2. Think about whether some data can be anonymised. Do you really need to be able to identify the employee to use the data? For example, if you are processing information for research or statistics then you could probably anonymise it. We see this a lot in the public sector when data is collated for the purposes of equal opportunities.
     
  3. Use...

Kitsons Announce New Joint Managing Partners

Posted by on May 1st 2018 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Devon law firm Kitsons has appointed Nicholas Johnson and Rhodri Davey as its new Joint Managing Partners succeeding long-standing Managing Partner, James Cross.

Head of the firm’s highly-regarded HR and Employment team, Rhodri Davey joined Kitsons in 2007. He is recognised in Chamber’s Guide to the Legal Profession as being “very forward-thinking in his approach” and for providing “brilliant and down-to-earth advice”. Rhodri is the current President of the Plymouth Law Society and sits on Kitsons’ Management Board.

Nick Johnson is a highly-respected Partner working in the field of Professional Negligence. ...

Royal Wedding Licensing Hours

Posted by on April 30th 2018 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property

There will be a relaxation of licensing hours on 18th and 19th May 2018 in recognition of the Royal Wedding.

The Home Secretary has permitted an extension of licensing hours of premises holding a licence for the sale of alcohol for sale on the premises only. The extension will run from :-

  • 11pm Friday 18th May until 1am Saturday 19th May; and

  • 11pm Saturday 19th May until 1am on Sunday 20th May 2018.

The relaxation also applies to late night refreshment but only where the premises is already licensed for the sale of alcohol and late night...

Online Service for Small Claims Goes Live

Posted by on April 27th 2018 in Blog Posts, Corporate

Online Service for Small Claims Goes Live

In an attempt to modernise the court system, a new online service to handle claims of up to £10,000 has been opened.

The new service will allow people to start an action in the county court without the need to complete paper forms which are then posted to the court. The paper process will be phased out.

The online service was previously piloted last year with 80% of users finding the service easy to use. It is hoped that the system will enable people and small businesses to be able to obtain money that is owed to them without the formal legal...

Apprenticeship or Apprenticescam?

Posted by on April 25th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

The purpose of an apprenticeship is to enable a person to train on the job and gain a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are intended to be for skilled roles which require training to reach the standards required, along with providing the apprentice with transferrable skills. The minimum rate of pay for apprentices ranges from £3.70 an hour for anyone in their first year of an apprenticeship to £7.38. The benefit to the employer is that they get people to work for them at a low cost to them and they receive government support for this. In exchange...

The Battle Around Occupational Pay for Shared Parental Leave Continues

Posted by on April 24th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

The recent case of Capita Customer Management v Ali has highlighted that, despite recent encouragement for new fathers to consider taking shared parental leave following the birth of their child, they still do not have equal rights with mothers to provide care to their new born under Occupational Maternity Pay schemes..

Background

Mr Ali’s wife ended her maternity leave two weeks following the birth of their child, and made the decision to transfer the balance of her maternity leave to him under the statutory shared parental leave scheme. Her decision stemmed from a diagnosis of post-natal depression, and a recommendation from medical...

Illegal Working Fines of £9 Million Issued in Third Quarter of 2017

Posted by on April 5th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Illegal Working Fines of £9 Million Issued in Third Quarter of 2017

UK Visas and Immigration have published a quarterly report outlining the total number of fines for illegal working given to employers across the United Kingdom.

The report highlights that 826 illegal workers were found across the UK between 1 July and 30 September 2017 – an increase of 24% from the previous quarter.

600 penalties were issued to employers, amounting to fines of over £9.5 million.

It is important for employers to remember that they may be sent to jail for 5 years, or pay an unlimited fine if they are found guilty of employing someone who they knew or had ‘reasonable cause...

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