Category Archives: General Updates

How to bring ‘Joy’ to your workspace and increase productivity!

Some ways to ‘Marie Kondo’ your workspace You may have heard of the Japanese ‘tidying’ sensation Marie Kondo, who has developed her own organisation technique, called the ‘KonMari’ method, which she uses to help people tidy their living spaces. If not, we highly recommend you have a look at the method, there is currently a […]

Why should you use a specialist solicitor for your legal advice?

Legal Specialists How much thought do you/would you give to your choice of Solicitor or adviser? To what extent do you consider their expertise or experience? For me, as a Solicitor, if I am referring a client to a fellow professional for advice on a topic that I am not familiar with I will look […]

Employment & HR: What to expect in 2019

Hot Topics for 2019 1. The Good Work Plan On 17 December 2018, the government published the Good Work Plan, setting out what it described as “the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”. The plan outlines an intention to improve working conditions for agency workers, zero-hour workers and other atypical workers. There […]

2018 – Year in Review

2018 Employment Law Round-Up To help you navigate through the most important Employment Law Updates for 2018 we have categorised and summarised them with direct links to each article. Case Law & Law Changes Is it direct discrimination to reject a job applicant based on a perception their condition may become a disability? Can you […]

Government Announce Employment Law Reforms

The Good Work Plan: What do you need to know about proposed employment law reform? You may have heard on the news this week about the announced reforms to employment law. Some reporters have heralded the changes as a major overhaul and reported that it will provide additional rights for millions of workers, however if […]

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018

We were recently shortlisted for the Business Growth Award at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018. The awards ceremony took place on Friday evening (30th November 2018) in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, hosted by Anneka Rice and I am really excited to announce that although we were not winners, we […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of a former employee who commits a serious criminal data breach with the intention of harming his employer?

Yes, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Various Claimants –v- Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious […]

Employment News Update – Week Commencing 22nd October 2018

Employment Law News  A round up of the employment law news for the week commencing 22nd October 2018. Clamp down on Personal Service Companies (known as PSC’s) There are reportedly plans afoot in the Treasury to change current tax rules that enable individuals to avoid higher tax and national insurance contributions by working through a […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of an employee at an unplanned staff party?

Possibly, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious Liability. Vicarious […]

Beware of Ambiguous Resignations

When is a resignation actually an effective resignation? In the recent case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, an employer was found to have unfairly dismissed an employee for refusing to allow an employee to retract an ambiguous resignation letter. The Law For an employer or employee to lawfully terminate a […]

Philosophical Beliefs and Discrimination

Can an employee be discriminated against for a philosophical belief when that employee is the only person to hold that belief? In a recent case decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd ) the issue of philosophical beliefs was considered in a situation where the employee held a belief which […]

Law Society Excellence Awards 2018

  Alison Colley shortlisted for prestigious legal awards I am excited to announce that I have been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards, the highest accolade for lawyers in England and Wales. I have been shortlisted in the Sole Practitioner of the year category. Since starting my own Employment Law Practice in 2013, I have […]

IOW Business Expo – 2018

  Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2018 We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting, once again, at the next Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo next month at the Lakeside Park Hotel in Wooton. The event is now in it’s fourth year and this year takes place […]

Disability Discrimination: Misconduct related to disability

Is it discriminatory to dismiss an employee if you do not know the misconduct is related to their disability? Yes, held the Court of Appeal in City of York Council v PJ Grosset, unless the unfavourable treatment can be justified. The Law Under the Equality Act 2010 there are four types of disability discrimination.  This […]

Taxation of Termination & Settlement Payments

Changes to the way you pay tax on a settlement payment from 6th April 2018 From the 6th April 2018 the rules governing the taxable status of termination and settlement payments is changing. Currently if an employee receives compensation for the termination of their employment, providing it is truly compensation, and not a contractual payment […]

Managing Stress At Work

Managing your employees stress  I was recently contacted by an employee who was departing from his employment with his employer as he had become so stressed by the pressures of his job role and the pressures placed on him by his employer that he became very unwell. This was an employee in a senior position […]

Can you dismiss an employee if the decision to dismiss is made before knowledge of pregnancy?

This difficult question was considered in the case of Really Easy Car Credit Limited v Miss A Thompson when the employer decided to dismiss their employee for conduct and performance reasons but was then told by the employee that she was pregnant. The Law The law affords special protection to employees who are pregnant or on […]

Is it direct discrimination to reject a job applicant based on a perception their condition may become a disability?

Discrimination in Recruitment Yes, according to the case of The Chief Constable of Norfolk v. Coffey [2017] UKEAT, where the Norfolk Constabulary was found to have directly discriminated against a non-disabled job applicant by not offering her a job because they perceived her condition could become a disability in the future. The Law Under the […]

Segregation of sexes in mixed school is direct discrimination

Keeping male and female pupils separate in education is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 A recent case in the Court of Appeal has made waves in the education sector.  As a result of the decision in HMCI v. The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School [2017], segregation of the sexes in co-educational schools will […]

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