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Following a lengthy 11-year battle with Durham County Council, teacher Karen Hall has been awarded compensation by an employment tribunal of £1.5 million for “continuous and relentless bullying”. Mrs Hall was initially awarded £59,321 in 2008 however, the figure was increased following West Cornforth Primary School and the local education authority’s ignoring of several employment…

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David Cameron has advised that large companies are to be forced to disclose whether they are paying male employees more than female employees. These new measures will be enacted in 2016 requiring employers with at least 250 employees to publish information about their gender pay gap. The precise details of these new measures are the…

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As part of negotiations of Britain’s EU membership David Cameron is hoping to opt out of EU employment directives, according to Conservative sources. John Major originally negotiated the opt-outs in 1997, they were then abandoned by Tony Blair. What does this mean for employment law in the UK? Cameron essentially wants to opt out of…

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A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a court of law in England and Wales. A McKenzie does not need to be legally qualified. The crucial point is that litigants in person are entitled to have assistance, lay or professional, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Legal aid cuts have meant that a growing…

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Thinking of, or in the process of setting up your own business? Consulting an employment law solicitor could be one of the best initial decisions you make. Employment law is a complicated area and is constantly changing. Most employment disagreements are caused by badly-drafted service contracts or dismissal procedures that don’t meet legal requirements. Your…

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The intention of the Conservatives to implement a British ‘Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’ in place of the Human Rights Act 1998 proved a contentious issue among the media and rival parties in the aftermath of the election, but the prospective impact on employers and employment law may not be as significant as previously thought….

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In response to Googles new algorithm Ralli have announced the launch of their newly optimised website www.ralli.co.uk. Ralli Solicitors LLP are based in Manchester and London. Founded in 1973 by Stephen Fox and Sam Betesh. In 1997 Betesh Fox rebranded to become Ralli, this coincided with a move into Manchester City Centre to accommodate the…

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Last week’s Queen’s Speech outlined amongst other things the conservative government’s plans to “reform trade unions and to protect essential public services against strike.” The proposed new laws indicate that all strike ballots will require a minimum turnout of 50 per cent of those eligible to vote as well as a majority of those who…

Property Aspect’sMagazine in Manchester reports on our last mock tribunal and how it can link to the health and safety and employment laws and procedures of employers in the construction sector. “An Ageing Fool?…” was staged for the benefit of employers in the North West region and featured a script relating to the unfair dismissal…

Digital Marketing Executive Chris Oatway comments on Channel 4’s Shut Your Facebook and explores the effect that social media and mobile devices have on our lifestyle and sociability. Okay yes, I admit it, I am also an avid user of social media and mobile devices but hey, it’s not in a compulsive way like some…