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Employers Named and Shamed in National Minimum Wage Crack Down

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

Following the government’s “naming and shaming” of employers that have failed to pay their staff the appropriate national minimum wage, it has been revealed that a further 180 employers will now have to pay £1.1 million to workers, and £1.3 million in fines.

The employers include well-known restaurant chains such as TGI Fridays and Wagamamas, although it has been revealed that employers in the hairdressing and hospitality sectors were in fact the biggest offenders, with arrears totalling over £500,000.

The news follows the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishing a list of 359...

Latest ACAS Statistics

Posted by on April 1st 2018 in Employment

ACAS has recently published its quarterly statistics for the 9 month period between April 2017 and December 2017.

Between April 2017 and July 2017, ACAS received around 1,600 notifications per week.

However, following the removal of Employment Tribunal fees, this has now risen to approximately 2,200 notifications each week.

According to the figures, early conciliation was successful in 17% of cases. Of those that did not succeed at this stage, 26% progressed to a tribunal, with the remainder falling away.

Of the 26% which did progress to tribunal, 21% settled through a COT3 agreement and 5% were withdrawn by the Claimant. Only 7% were...

Publishing the Gender Pay Gap – Time is Ticking!

Posted by on March 23rd 2018 in Employment

With two weeks to go before the deadline to publish Company gender pay gaps, reports have revealed that only a third of employers have disclosed the average difference between what they pay male and female employees.

The government has warned that non compliant companies will face legal action, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission further supporting this, and highlighting that they will be “fully enforcing” the pay gap legislation starting with a robust letter to companies that do not report by the deadline.

If firms continue to fail to publish their figures, they could...

Supreme Court Decision on Failure to Disclose Relationship

Posted by on March 22nd 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Supreme Court Decision on Failure to Disclose Relationship

The Supreme Court has decided on the appeal of a former head teacher of a primary school who was dismissed for a failure to disclose her relationship with a convicted child sex offender. This decision highlights the importance of the timing of disclosure of information so that the risks can be properly considered and appropriate action taken.

The facts of the case are summarised as follows:

  • Ms Reilly (R) qualified as a teacher in 1987.

  • R met Mr Selwood (S) in 1998 and developed a close friendship with him. The pair bought an investment property together and S lived there. R occasionally stayed...

Kitsons Proud Sponsors of the Rowcroft Hospice Sleep Walk 2018

Posted by on March 15th 2018 in Blog Posts

Kitsons Solicitors have been named proud sponsors once again for the Rowcroft Sleep Walk 2018.

The well celebrated event, takes place on the 7th July and will see around 2000 ladies, walk 5-10 miles in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Rowcroft provide comfort, support and specialist services to patient's and family member - be it at home, in the local community or at their inpatient unit in Torquay.

The scenic route will take you through Paington, Goodrington Sands and Torquay, with a start and end at Torbay Lesure Centre. 

Walks take place from 7.30pm - 9pm; sign...

IMPORTANT: Opening Hours

Posted by on March 1st 2018 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News

Update: Our offices are now open as per usual

Due to the Met Office Red weather warning, Kitsons Offices will be closed from 12:30 today March 1st 2018, we have taken the decision to close our offices today to ensure the safety of our staff and our clients.

Please do not attempt to drive or travel to a Kitsons office without first making contact with the office on 01803 202020.

We thank you for your understanding.

Please all stay safe in the snow.

Charity Trustees – Talking to Carolyn Giles

Posted by on February 28th 2018 in Blog Posts

Charity Trustees – Talking to Carolyn Giles

Carolyn Giles is a Strategic HR Consultant with over 20 years experience across a range of sectors, including Charities, GP Practices, hospitality and social enterprises.  

Carolyn specialises in conducting HR investigations, some of which have been  within the Third Sector. Third Sector organisations benefit from Carolyn’s experience, as it means the impartiality of any investigation conducted cannot be called into question. Charities are under a high level of scrutiny from the public and government alike, so any decisions made need to be clearly evidenced and supported.

A big issue that Carolyn has seen emerging within the Third Sector is the lack...

You’re Having a Baby?!

Posted by on February 19th 2018 in Employment

You’re Having a Baby?!

I don’t know if it is the time of year, or whether, as the commentators seem to be suggesting, discrimination towards women has increased in recent times, but on Friday I read an article quoting research from a well known and reputable insurance company suggesting that 14% of small businesses won’t employ women as they are “frightened” of discrimination claims, and today the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published research around pregnancy and maternity that makes stark reading.

Today’s research from the EHRC quotes the following in its press release:

“British employers are ‘living in the dark ages’ and have worrying...

Ashburton Legal Surgery

Posted by on February 15th 2018 in Blog Posts

Kitsons Solicitors offer a free monthly half hour legal surgery for the residents of Ashburton on Wills, Estate and Tax planning issues / Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

However, the two most important areas we come across on a daily basis are Wills and Powers of Attorney.

So why should you make a Will?

Your wishes – it is your opportunity to set out how you want your assets to be distributed when you die and whom you want to deal with those assets for you (your Executors).

Tax planning – your Will...

Tesco Facing Britain's Largest Ever Equal Pay Claim

Posted by on February 8th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Hundreds of women who work in Tesco supermarkets across the UK could receive back pay totalling £20,000 if a legal challenge demanding equal pay with men who work in the company’s warehouse succeeds.

According to legal representatives instructed in the case, hourly paid female store staff earn less than men employed in the supermarket’s warehouses, even though the value of the work between the two is comparable.

Reports suggest that over 1,000 members of Tesco staff have contacted lawyers, with first steps being taken for at least 100 of them. Initial claims have been submitted...

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