Archived Legal Articles from 2011

Employment & HR

November

Employment Shake Up

24/11/11

Forbes Solicitors is warning that the landscape of employment legislation will radically change following proposed reforms announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Several reforms have been announced including - · unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to two years ·…

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October

Proposed Changes To Ease Burden On Businesses

05/10/11

Lancashire Law firm Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the proposed changes to employment law announced by the Chancellor at the Conservative Party Conference today. · The qualifying period for issuing a claim for unfair dismissal will increase from the present period of one year to two years from…

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September

Client Recognition Leads To Lucky 13 For Forbes

22/09/11

Forbes Solicitors has once again reaffirmed its place as the leading law firm in Lancashire thanks to outstanding feedback and testimonials from clients. The Legal 500 is based solely on client comments and observations regarding the level of service and advice received from their legal…

Ten Day Countdown To Agency Workers Regulations

20/09/11

Forbes Solicitors' Employment Team is warning those who regularly employ agency workers to be prepared for tough new legislation which is due to come into force on 1st October 2011. The Agency Workers Regulations will entitle those working through an agency to the same basic working and employment…

National Minimum Wage Rates To Increase From 1st October

19/09/11

Forbes Solicitors is reminding employers that as from 1st October 2011 the national minimum wage rates are to change · the adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 an hour · the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6p to £4.98 an hour · the rate for 16-17 year…

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August

Equal Pay - A Century To Wait?

31/08/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to ensure they adhere to the Equality Act as a report issued today found staggering inconsistencies between the amount men and women earn. The report, issued by the Chartered Management Institute, found that women managers in the UK earn…

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June

Strike to disrupt thousands of businesses as well as schools

29/06/11

Strike action is set to disrupt thousands of schools this week, leaving parents and their employers in a difficult position according to an employment expert at Forbes Solicitors. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) are set to strike on…

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May

Forbes' support saves HR Employer's Forum

24/05/11

Forbes Solicitors has stepped in to support a Lancashire based employer's forum which was at risk of falling victim to the spending cuts. The Lancashire HR Employer's Forum is co-ordinated by Community and Business Partners and meets every four months to discuss local private sector business issues…

Forbes Solicitors takes local businesses to tribunal

19/05/11

The Equality Act Update & Mock Tribunal held this week at Stanley House Hotel was a resounding success with over 70 representatives from local employers attending. Jonathan Holden from the Employment team at Forbes kicked off the day with a brief overview of the Equality Act, this was followed by a…

Constant changes to employment law creates uncertainty for employers

17/05/11

The constant proposals to change employment law being made by the Government could cause uncertainty for employers and leave them open to claims of discrimination if they aren't fully prepared warns Forbes Solicitors. Only last week the government announced proposals regarding discrimination claims,…

Proposed changes to Employment Law

11/05/11

The proposals to look at reforming Employment Law announced by the Government today could make life easier for employers according to Employment specialists at Forbes Solicitors. Although it is unclear at this stage exactly what these reforms will entail, the proposals at the moment are…

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April

Pension reforms - is your business prepared?

20/04/11

Employment experts at Forbes Solicitors are warning local businesses to prepare now for forthcoming pension reforms. From 2012 employers will be required to automatically enrol all eligible employees into a qualifying workplace pension and to make minimum contributions into it. The government is…

Equality Act Update & Mock Tribunal

11/04/11

Eight months on from the implementation of the Equality Act the Employment and HR team at Forbes Solicitors is holding an interactive seminar exploring the practical implications of the Act and how these may affect your business. The event will include an update on how the new legislation has been…

Increase in National Minimum Wage

07/04/11

The national minimum wage is to increase by 15p an hour to £6.08 in October, benefiting almost a million workers, the Government has announced. Ministers said they had accepted recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, giving a new adult rate of £6.08, while the statutory wage for 18-20-…

When I'm sixty-five...

06/04/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes is warning employers that from today they can no longer force their employees to retire from employment simply because they have reached the age of 65. Although employees themselves can still choose to retire, an employer cannot enforce that choice. This represents a massive…

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March

HR Business Support expanded to meet client demand

21/03/11

A service launched last year by Forbes Solicitors' Employment Team has proved so successful that it has been expanded to meet client demand. Emma Fitzsimmons, HR officer at Forbes Solicitors, will now join Head of HR, Joanne Pickering in offering practical HR advice and support to clients. The service…

Termination will be even more taxing

17/03/11

There has been much publicity surrounding the changes to employment legislation due to come into force in April. However be careful not to miss a very subtle but important change that could have serious financial implications. Previously when an employment dispute between an employer and employee has…

500 Days to go…

15/03/11

Today marks 500 days until the 2012 London Olympic Games and as tickets go on sale an Employment Expert is advising employers to ensure they are prepared for any issues that arise out of 'Olympic Fever'. It is anticipated that requests for time off during the games will be higher than normal and…

Paternity Leave - Significant developments

10/03/11

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations will come into force in April this year and represent a significant shake up of paternity rights. They entitle fathers, civil partners or adoptive parents up to 6 months additional paternity leave. Their aim is to allow parents to share the care arrangements…

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February

Right to time off for training will not be extended

17/02/11

An Employment Expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the announcement that the right for employees to request time off for training will not be extended in April as a step in the right direction to reduce the burden of regulations on small businesses. The Department for Business Innovation and…

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January

Tribunal Reforms: Cable of Good News for Employers?

27/01/11

An Employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the proposed reforms to the Employment Tribunals system announced today and the effect they will have on businesses. Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have today announced proposed reforms to include: · A fee…

Offside - Changes to the game of discrimination

25/01/11

Recently caught "off-mic" comments by football presenters at Sky Sports regarding the female Assistant Referee in the Liverpool -v- Wolves match at the weekend, has brought into sharp reality one of the potential issues that employers may face under the new Equality Act legislation, which came into…

Be prepared for changes to Paternity leave

17/01/11

Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to be prepared for the forthcoming changes to Maternity and Paternity leave which is again in the spotlight following the Government's announcement this morning. From April this year, new legalisation will be brought into force entitling fathers to…

Employment Team issue Age Discrimination warning to local employers

12/01/11

Forbes Solicitors in Lancashire is warning local employers about the potential liabilities they can face when dismissing an employee following the recent case brought by the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly against the BBC. Ms O'Reilly argued that she was dismissed from Countryfile…

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