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5
Nov

ACAS Conciliation

ACAS Conciliation In April 2014, compulsory ACAS conciliation will be introduced.  This will be a 4 step process: Step 1 Before lodging a claim with the tribunal, a prospective Claimant must send ACAS an early conciliation form which details “prescribed information” by email, post or in person.  At present the “prescribed information” is thought to

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17
Oct

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee With news this week of dinner lady, Alison Waldock, being dismissed for gross misconduct due to “negligence, carelessness or idleness” for serving a Muslim child gammon, some are questioning whether this is just a step too far. Ms Waldock has said that the child in question chose the dish herself

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17
Oct

Our Ageing Workforce

Our Ageing Workforce In a recent study conducted by HSBC, it was found that 19% of those questioned in the UK felt that they would not be able to fully retire.  Government figures suggest that 7 million people are not saving enough for their retirement and with people living longer, any money which is saved

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17
Oct

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace G4S has recently been in the news for a number of reasons. Most recently, for allegedly charging for tags which were not actually fitted to offenders and possibly not so well publicised, for being in the running to provide a contract for lie detector testing.  Having carried out two

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15
Oct

The Freedom of Facebook

The Freedom of Facebook There have been two recent cases concerning Facebook which are important for employers to be aware of: FREEDOM OF SPEECH The first case, Smith v Trafford Housing Trust [2012], concerned an employee expressing views which his employer deemed were contrary to its Code of Conduct.   The employee who was of Christian faith

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19
Sep

Ban the Burqa?

Ban the Burqa? Last week, Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister has said that he would support schools that wanted to ban the veil.  This week it has been announced that at least 17 NHS hospitals have banned front line staff from wearing the veil.  The Government has ordered a review of all health

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17
Sep

Zero-Hours Contracts

  Zero-hours Contracts The recent controversial announcement that there could be one million workers signed on to zero-hours contracts has prompted Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to request a review of the practice. Zero-hours contracts are employment arrangements whereby the employee agrees to be available as and when required for work.  There are no fixed hours

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Greg Bowyer

Greg is a Solicitor dealing with all aspects of Family Law, to include providing initial legal advice to clients, and pursuing divorce cases and matters involving disputes regarding children and financial issues involved in relationship breakdowns. Greg has a growing experience of dealing with the legal issues arising out of divorce and family breakdowns, and particularly the financial split of

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Jane Ellis

After completing her degree in Law from Oxford University, Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 with Eversheds in Birmingham. She then specialised in Employment Law at Pinsents in Birmingham becoming a Partner in 1998. Jane subsequently worked at Wragge & Co and was made a Partner in the Employment Law department in 2000. Jane

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