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February 2019 Newsletter

It’s February and although the New Year continues much as the last, with Brexit continuing to dominate the news, the Government is moving forward on other issues too. We update you on the Government’s consultation on extending redundancy protection for pregnant employees and new parents, guidance on age discrimination and gender pay gap reporting, and finally more Brexit guidance!

In our case update we look at record keeping under the working time legislation, equal pay comparators and a deal struck between the GMB and Hermes to offer protection to its couriers.


News from Menzies Law

At the time of writing, there is still no certainty as to what is happening regarding Brexit, and in fact, the only thing that is certain is that we don’t have a clue what it is going to look like. Every day brings a new story of political shenanigans, stockpiling and more uncertainty!  Fear not! Hopefully, this newsletter, whilst not looking at Brexit, brings some clarity on other topics of employment law! We try our best to give you up-to-date legal analysis and practical guidance to make your professional lives easier.

On a much brighter note, here at Menzies Towers we recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary.  We managed to arrange the party on the night that the only snow of the year arrived in Bristol, but that didn’t put us or our guests off. There was fizz, there was cake, there was a speech.  It was a lovely way to thank all of you that have been with us as party of our journey. Here is a pic of our lovely cake!


Upcoming seminar: Employment Law Update with Mental Health in the Workplace

Our forthcoming April seminar is proving to be our most popular yet!  We will be starting the day with an everything-you-need-to-know tour of recent developments in employment law and then spend the afternoon with our wonderful partners at PES covering all things mental health in the workplace, both legal and practical strategies.

See more details and book your tickets


It is apparent that this mental health topic really resonates with our audience and we’d like to find out more about why.   Please spare a few minutes to complete a short anonymous survey which will help us tailor our seminar and ensure that the content we share going forwards hits the mark:

Survey of mental health in your organisation

Employee Benefits

It’s been a busy few weeks, with lots going in the pay and reward arena – I suspect this time of year will always be a busy one for reward professionals as we help clients decide on their reward budgets and develop their strategies for the forthcoming year.

To prepare myself for the onslaught of GPG calculations I had a break with friends in Wales.  It was lovely to get away and with mutual agreement, support and encouragement we got through a week with limited wifi privileges.  It was interesting to see how quickly we resorted back to old behaviours like talking to each other and going out in all weathers.

Having been back a couple of weeks now I am back into the swing of things.  One thing I noticed while I was away was that one or two people had contacted me for more details about the employee benefits platform I had mentioned previously.

So for those who would be interested I have attached a link to the scheme I mentioned.  Of course, you have to make up your own mind whether this suits your organisation – and think carefully about the criteria you select your scheme on.   If you want further advice on selecting employee benefits to meet your reward strategy then please contact me.

Jane Baalam
Pay & Reward Specialist
Email Jane or call 0117 325 0526


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