Category Archive: Employment

Employment Law: What you need to know

Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, provides answers to some popular questions about Employment and what to do if you are facing problems in the workplace. What is Employment Law? Employment law is a set of laws that deal with the rights of employees and the responsibilities of an Employer. Employment law covers a wide…

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How can Tayntons help your business?

We asked our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, some popular questions on starting up a new business and how Tayntons can assist business owners with issues that could potentially arise.  Which areas of Employment can Tayntons assist with to help business owners? Our employment specialists are highly experienced and have supported businesses of all sizes…

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Does the Law provide protection when companies collapse and employees suffer?!

Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, comments “When companies collapse, it can sometimes leave employees high and dry. However, a recent Tribunal decision found that an employee taking swift legal action is not without government protection when a company goes bust. ” “In this particular case a holiday company encountered severe financial difficulties, and entered…

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GROWING PAINS

As your company grows, so does the risk to it if you are not completely up-to-date with your HR and legal needs. Leaving things to chance, or expecting what you have always done to suit the needs of an expanding business is dangerous. Failing to prepare for all eventualities, will mean your business will prepare…

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Shared Parental Leave and Enhanced Maternity Rights

Is it directly or indirectly discriminatory that men are paid less when on shared parental leave than women on maternity leave? In a ground-breaking decision, the Court of Appeal has answered that burning question in the negative. Women are entitled to 52 weeks’ leave after giving birth, 39 of them paid. The first six of…

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Disability Discrimination – Employers Don’t Have to Shut Their Eyes to Reality

Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, comments “Discriminating against an employee due to their disability is unlawful, however it does not mean that an employer has to ignore health difficulties when deciding if an employee is fit enough for a particular role. This has been reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal in this latest case…

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Communication with Clients Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about why good communication between clients and solicitors is so important. Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below. How do you help your clients understand their case when it comes to…

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Does representing yourself before an Employment Tribunal save you money?

Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, comments “Although not a necessity to have legal representation for an Employment Tribunal hearing, failure to gain legal advice from an early stage could result in your claim being struck out or badly pleaded. In this matter a claimant’s claim was incorrectly struck out by the Employment Tribunal, to…

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Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

Mental health is an issue employer’s simply can’t afford to ignore. Almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment. Statistics show that mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence within the UK, which is costing on average £1,035 per employee per year. The stigma of stress and depression…

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Gross Misconduct – A Forbidden Act May Not Be Enough to Justify Dismissal

When considering allegations of workplace gross misconduct, it is often not enough simply to establish that a forbidden act occurred, without going on to discern the reasons for it and whether those reasons are linked to a disability. A tribunal made that point in finding that a diabetic lorry driver was unfairly dismissed after he…

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