Blogs

Blog: When is a job not a job?

Amongst all the noise about the Supreme Court’s decision to quash Employment Tribunal fees, another recent decision, made at the opposite end of the judicial hierarchy, has rather slipped under the radar. Given that you’ll have seen endless opinions on UNISON v Lord Chancellor I thought it might be more interesting to share some thoughts…
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Blog: A tour around decision making

This is the second in my very occasional series of blogs on the overlap between the worlds of professional cycling and employment law. The Tour de France has recently finished and while I wait for the Vuelta (the tour of Spain) to start I have been reflecting on one incident. It was on Stage 4…
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Blog: ‘Equal value’ claims are where your risks lie

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Whether you’re now a proper Gender Pay Gap (GPG) ‘geek’ and are all ready to report your GPG data, confident that you’ve crunched the right numbers, or you’ve not even starting thinking about your GPG, your immediate next step once you’ve reported and published your figures ought to be the same. And that’s digging down…
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Blog: Your mean, your median… and your motivation

For all of you responsible for reporting your organisation’s Gender Pay Gap (GPG), it’s time to get cracking. Your ‘snapshot’ pay date has come and gone (where did the time go?) and the Government’s GPG reporting website is up and running.  A few brave employers have even posted their data already, with Sense Scotland claiming…
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Blog: IR35 and the new Public Sector duty

Simon Martin, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
The IR35 legislation has been with us since 1999 but has just hit the headlines again and may become a live issue for a number of our public sector clients. IR35 was introduced by HMRC as a measure to prevent the tax avoidance situation whereby a contractor who would otherwise have been deemed to be…
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Blog: Trade Union Law Part 2 – How to get the best out of your trade union relationships

Anne-Marie Boyle, Senior Solicitor
In the first part of our trade union law series, we looked at the recent changes in TU law and how they could affect your business. This time we’re looking at the tricky business of maintaining a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship with your TU. At Menzies Law we have over 20 years’ experience of…
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Blog: Trade Union Law Part 1 – The new changes explained and how they will affect your business

Anne-Marie Boyle, Senior Solicitor
Manifesto promises and climb-downs? There is something about the trade union movement that has always engendered strong feelings in this country (both for and against) and you don’t need to read the papers often to see how much interest there inevitably is in strike action (the junior doctors and Southern trains, being two very high profile…
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Blog: Never discuss religion or politics

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
“Never discuss religion or politics”. This sage advice has been around for at least a century. But in these days of Brexit and Trump, politics seems harder and harder to avoid and religion has got wrapped up in it in a way it hasn’t been – or at least not in the UK – for…
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Blog: How to protect your difficult conversations – part 3

Anne-Marie Boyle
As you can tell, I do love a list. Step by step guide to planning your difficult conversations First, you need to know what you are dealing with. Why do you want to speak with this employee? Is it because, for example: They have already brought a grievance/several grievances in the workplace? They have been…
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Blog: A big loophole in Gender Pay Gap reporting

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
There are quite a lot of things we don’t yet know about the Gender Pay Gap figures that all larger employers are shortly going to have to calculate and publish.  The long-promised ACAS guidance on how precisely to calculate and publish continues to tease us with its own lack of publication and I must admit…
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