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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….

“Jennifer Smith (Solicitor)”It was reported last week that Marlon King is to be jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm over an incident in a London nightclub. The Professional Footballers Association deputy chief executive commented that Marlon King had brought the situation on himself: “I don’t think…

Frances Nash, Solicitor at Ralli, talks about zero hours contracts. Things are moving fast in the world of employment law, fast but perhaps not forwards. In the UK, small and medium sized businesses employ over 90% of workers in the private sector. It is not hard to understand why the majority of recent changes in…

As the HR Manager for Ralli, I feel compelled to make commentary on the shark wrestling Granddad story.     Sick leave is always a difficult subject to tackle. At Ralli our staff are valued and if there is a member of staff suffering illness, the door to HR is always open and if we…

Generally speaking, the legal test to establish the fairness of a conduct dismissal is that the employer must establish a reasonable belief in the employee’s guilt, having carried out an investigation proportionate to the means at its disposal and having offered the employee a fair hearing. This test works very well in many cases.  …

Mark Higgins, Employment Law Partner The government’s proposal is of little help to employers in real terms. As any employer who has had the unfortunate experience of being taken to an employment tribunal knows, the true cost lies in actually defending the proceedings rather than the cost of any award made. The median award for…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner There is little doubt that the proposal to allow no-fault dismissals contained in the Beecroft report (published yesterday, following a leak to the Daily Telegraph) should be consigned to the bin. The rationale behind the proposal was that businesses employing fewer than 10 employees would have a fail-safe way…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner Grapevine HR report that Yahoo are to investiagte claims that their chief execuitve, Scott Thompson, “embellished his academic credentials” on his CV. Read the full article here. This particular example looks to be something of a storm in a teacup since it is not in dispute that Thompson holds…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner Being bruised by critical remarks made about you by your boss may well make you feel like walking out. When your boss is the Home Secretary and her remarks are broadcast across the land, your decision may well be justified. However, in the vast majority of cases, resignation as…