Category Archive: Employment

What to look for if you have been offered a settlement agreement

A settlement agreement is a legally binding agreement between employer and employee that sets out the terms on which they will end an employment contract. If you have been offered a settlement agreement by your employer, you are required by law to take independent advice on its terms, to ensure that you understand the implications…

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How to prepare your business now for bumpier times ahead

With widespread economic uncertainty and potentially difficult times ahead, commercial legal expert Jaron Crooknorth and disputes expert Alex Lyttle look at how to make sure your business is in the best possible shape to weather approaching storms. Jaron and Alex are both partners at Gloucester law firm Tayntons, where they head up the Commercial and…

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Is a company director an employee?

Employees have a range of employment rights in respect of issues such as unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, notice pay and holiday pay. When a dispute arises, it can be crucial to define whether an individual is an employee or not. Many directors are also shareholders and work for the company.  They split their earnings between…

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How to deal with an employee request for flexible working

As an employer, you are required to consider an employee’s request for flexible working reasonably. If you want to decline the request, then you need to give a valid business reason for doing so. When dealing with a flexible working request, you should follow the ACAS Code of Practice on flexible working requests. Receiving a…

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Avoiding the risk of a legal claim when making redundancies

If you are thinking about making an employee redundant, it is vital to follow the correct procedure to avoid the risk of an Employment Tribunal Claim. This article takes a look at the steps you need to follow to comply with employment legislation if you are making up to 20  employees redundant. The redundancy process…

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Government Updates: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Job Support Scheme, Job Retention Bonus, and paying back claims made in error

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme As the nation once again adjusts to a second national lockdown, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a five-month extension of the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) from 31 October to 31 March. The CJRS more commonly known as the furlough scheme required employers to contribute from 1 August 2020. From…

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Are you Futureproof?

By now I am sure your families and you have developed a new if slightly surreal daily routine of working from home and homeschooling (also known as riot police training) the kids.  Some parts of Europe have eased their lockdown restrictions and though in the UK the government have announced another 3 weeks of lockdown…

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