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Blog: IR35 reforms – the top 10 most irksome aspects

What are the 10 most irksome things about the forthcoming IR35 reforms?  When it comes to preparing for the IR35 reforms in the private and charity sectors next April, the prize for the greatest hassle has several contenders.  Allow me to introduce you to 10 of them over this and a few further blogs. I…
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Blog: Oh No! Are we back to clocking on?

It is probable that the recent ECJ decision in the case of Federacion de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras v Deutsche Bank may have passed you by.  ‘Record keeping’ and ‘working time’ are hardly terms that put fire in our bellies!   However, this case has shone a light on a small but important section of workers’ working…
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Blog – Do your staff do this? Secretly selling benefits

I read the recent furore over United Airlines sacking their staff with mixed feelings and a grim smile. I’ve come across a few cases in the past of staff “selling on” their benefits.  Sometimes they are more than aware that they are committing an offence, but on other occasions it’s not so obvious to them. …
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Blog: Menopause in the Workplace – A personal perspective from an HR professional

At our recent Employment Law Update event, I led a slot on ‘menopause in the workplace’. I have been developing a keen interest in this over the last year and I wanted to share some good practice ideas. I also feel compelled to continue to write about menopause after seeing some rather scary (but not…
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Blog: Gross Misconduct – two perspectives (part 2)

In part 1 of our blog, Tamsin James looked at Gross Misconduct from the perspective of the employee.  Here in part 2, Luke Menzies responds from the employer’s viewpoint and provides useful guidance on how to avoid a costly unfair dismissal claim. Luke Menzies: Gross misconduct from an employer’s perspective Rather like a Supreme Court judge, I…
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Blog: Gross Misconduct – two perspectives (part 1)

As a ‘niche’ employment law firm, Menzies Law has seen enough gross misconduct cases to know that matters are not always clear-cut.  With a team of lawyers who represent employers and employee clients (but never from the same place, of course!) we have also seen gross misconduct from both sides. Our experience has shown that…
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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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