Happy New Year and welcome to our first Newsletter of 2019. We hope you are all looking forward to the year ahead and, if one of your New Year resolutions is to keep up to date with HR/employment law news, we can help you with that! This month we have updates on the key dates for 2019 employment law changes, the Government’s Good Work Plan (to deal with the ongoing issue of employment status in the new models of working developing in the “gig economy” and elsewhere) and further updates on Brexit and its people management implications for organisations.
In our first case update of the year we look at the Court of Appeal’s decision confirming that Uber drivers are workers, and the Supreme Court’s decision that a disabled employee was not treated unfavourably when his enhanced pension on ill-health retirement was based on part-time, rather than full-time salary.
News from Menzies Law
This month we’re proudly celebrating 10 years of Menzies Law!
2009 feels both like an age ago and also yesterday. It was the year we mourned the loss of people like Michael Jackson and Keith Floyd. We were only starting to hear of these things called Twitter and Facebook and only the tech-savvy tended to be on them already. In January that year we were only a few months into the Credit Crunch. And if you were an ‘early adopter’ you might have one of the first iPhones…
I can’t quite believe it was a full 10 years ago that I left behind the security of a salary, company car and final salary pension scheme to realise the dream of starting my own firm. In 2009 there were only a tiny handful of specialist employment law firms out there. I set up Menzies Law to offer clients a great, cost-effective alternative to the large firms and I hope that I’ve managed to achieved that.
There have certainly been challenges along the way, resulting in sleepless nights and frustration. Any of you who’ve either had your own small business or worked in one will know these things simply come with the territory. Crucial to our success at all stages have been our fabulous clients, a significant number of whom have been with us since the start. We are so grateful for your trust, loyalty and support. Others have joined us since and continue to do so creating an incredibly diverse client list and keeping us on our toes with an array of challenging and interesting legal issues. We love working with all of you and truly appreciate your business.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary we’re going to spend 2019 giving you lots of goodies in multiples of 10 so look out for those. We’ll also be launching a referral scheme which aims to support 10 great charities. Referral and recommendation is the life-blood of a small business and we want to make sure that, while referrals enable Menzies Law to grow and develop, we also give something back. Keep an eye out for more on that soon.
Upcoming seminar: Employment Law Update with Mental Health in the Workplace
Our employment law update this spring comes to you in 2 halves. You are very welcome to come to whichever session interests you or stay all day to benefit from both seminars plus a networking lunch with your colleagues and our team of employment law specialists.
10am – 12.30pm Employment Law Update Seminar
1.30pm – 4.30pm Mental Health in the Workplace: legal and practical strategies
Menzies Law now offers you all the advice and support you will need for immigration into the UK of your staff, contractors and group employees. As Brexit looms, it’s going to become a lot more important for HR teams.
Our Business Immigration team provides you with a comprehensive service for all of your staff visa and work permit needs.
In partnership with specialist business immigration colleagues, we can provide you with a personal and stress-free service to allow you to hire non-EEA nationals and bring colleagues in from overseas sites. We can also help you obtain Sponsorship status.
We will keep you informed of your applications progress from start to finish and ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Our Business Immigration team can:
- Assess your circumstances and needs
- Advise you on the best business immigration options in the circumstances
- Prepare and submit your applications
- Remain in charge of the process and keep you up-to-date as it progresses
- Provide any post-application assistance you may require.
If you’d like to discuss anything to do with Business Immigration, please contact Victoria Thorne.
- Government reforms (1): New Year, New Law!
- Government reforms (2): Good work plan (response to Taylor Review) updated
- Government reforms (3): BREXIT – The final chapter?
- Case update (1): Employment status – UBER drivers confirmed ‘workers’
- Case update (2): Disabilty discrimination – Enhanced pensions