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Blog: Menzies Law Guide to reducing your risk of getting taken to Employment Tribunal 

In my previous blog I talked about what you should do if an Employment Tribunal Claim (ET1) lands on your desk.  With the rise in Employment Tribunal claims, this is an eventuality that many businesses will face at some point. In this blog I want to talk about the steps you can take to minimise…
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Blog – ET1s: Coming to a desk near you!

The number of Employment Tribunal claims has risen by 150% since the abolition of Tribunal fees in July 2017.  Although there have been some hints that the Government is contemplating re-introducing ET fees, this won’t be happening any time soon.  Their ‘to do list’ is quite long at the moment, plus it’s clear that if…
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Blog: Well-being in the Workplace

At our upcoming Employment Law Update Event on 2 April, our ‘in-depth’ topic for our afternoon workshop will be Mental Health in the Workplace: legal and practical strategies, in conjunction with Debbie Kleiner, Head of Workplace Happiness at PES.  This is an important topic for employers and one which we will be focusing on throughout 2019.…
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Blog: Menopause – the last workplace taboo? Part 2

In my previous blog on menopause in the workplace, I mentioned that I’d never been asked to advise anyone on the subject.  So is there any law that might be relevant, you may ask.  Yes indeed! Legal framework On the basis that menopause is a medical condition which only affects women – and usually only…
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Blog: Don’t get sunk by a bonus blunder!

Shortly before Christmas the thorny issue of excessive bonuses once again hit the headlines, this time as the head of a large housebuilder quit after questions about the size of his £75m bonus.  Enough to pay cash for a super-yacht!  Under bonus arrangements that were undoubtedly agreed at Remuneration Committee level, he got what he…
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Blog: Employment Law changes to look out for in 2019: Our Hot 10 topics

10 years ago this month I threw both caution and a final salary pension to the wind in order to run off and create Menzies Law.  I can’t quite believe it’s been that long.  Perhaps that’s why it was only just before this Christmas that I finally updated my LinkedIn profile photo.  What a journey…
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Blog: So, what’s the benefit?

I’ve been working as a Reward consultant for some years now, and before that I was in an in-house Reward role in a reasonable sized organisation.  One of the issues we struggled with then was budget, and how to spend it wisely in order to get the best benefits for our staff. I discovered early…
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Blog: Menopause – the last workplace taboo?

Recently I was invited to be a panel member for a World Menopause Day event, hosted by Women of a Certain Stage, looking at how women undergoing the menopause are treated in the workplace. My role was to speak about the employment law elements of this subject.  In preparing for the session I trawled through…
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Blog: Is 6 better than 3?

The Law Commission’s present review of the 3-month limitation period for bringing Employment Tribunal (ET) claims provides an interesting opportunity for reflection. Why 3? Apart from equal pay and redundancy pay claims, where the limitation period has been 6 months for decades, the 3-month window for all other ET claims is something with most of…
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Blog: Sexual Harassment in the workplace is not going away

Sexual harassment anywhere is not going away at all. A recent report published by Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee on harassment in public places concluded ‘Sexual harassment pervades the lives of women and girls and is deeply ingrained in our culture’.  Another recent survey found that a third of women had been sexually harassed at…
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