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Employment & HR


Local businesses advised to be practical in these tough economic times


Over 100 representatives from local businesses across Lancashire heard Commercial experts from Forbes Solicitors offer practical advice on how to protect their businesses in the current economic climate. The seminar which was held this week at Stanley House Hotel was set up with the aim of providing…

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Associative discrimination warning


All businesses should now be aware that their employees may be able to claim disability discrimination even if they have no disability themselves. This claim can now be made as a result of associative discrimination, following a recent high profile case. In this particular case an employee brought a…

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Case finds council is liable for ALMO staff


An Employment Tribunal has found that Leeds City Council was vicariously liable for the actions of its arm's-length management organisation (AMLO) after one of its employees claimed racial discrimination. Mr Woodhouse had originally been an employee of Leeds City Council. The council then set up 6…

Forbes to host employment law seminars


Forbes Solicitors will again be running its popular employment law updates in October. The seminars will guide delegates through recent changes in employment legislation in a practical way along with updates relating to discrimination, dispute resolution, flexible working and TUPE. The Business Law team…

Forbes ranks high in Legal 500


Leading North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors has performed strongly in the latest UK Legal 500 Guide to the Legal Profession. The firm is recommended in ten separate categories that include Corporate and Commercial, Crime, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Defendant Insurer, Commercial Property,…

Forbes expands employment team


Forbes Solicitors announces further expansion of its employment team with the addition of Jonathan Holden. This latest recruitment makes the employment team the largest in Lancashire offering specialist advice on all employment related issues with additional expertise in HR and Health and Safety.…

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New Immigration System - Rules for Highly Skilled Workers


The Government has announced the rules that will apply to highly skilled foreign workers applying to come to the UK under the new Australian-style points based immigration system (PBS). Underpinning the new system will be a five-tier framework. The system is being introduced gradually with the new…

Employing Illegal Migrant Workers


New measures designed to tackle illegal migrant working came into force on 29 February 2008. These measures, contained in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, include: · a system of civil penalties for employers who employ illegal migrant workers - the maximum civil penalty per…

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Protect your business warning


Award winning law firm Forbes Solicitors recently held a seminar in conjunction with the Institute of Directors to highlight the issues facing local businesses when their key personnel decide to fly the nest. They warned that employers are putting themselves at risk if they do not protect against…

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Company Road Safety - Police Get Tough


"Employers who neglect to take account of the fact that their health and safety responsibilities extend to employers driving on company business should take note of a shift in the way police will investigate road accidents in future" warns Employment Law Solicitor Peter …

Do your agency contracts do what you want them to?


A recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision has highlighted the need for businesses that use agency workers to have the correct paperwork in place. In Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd v Robertson the EAT held that an agency worker was not an employee of an end-user but also highlighted…

Retirement at 65 or not?


When the UK government implemented the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations in October 2006, a mandatory retirement age of 65 came with them. This meant that employers could not lawfully dismiss an employee on the grounds of retirement until they reached the age of 65 or beyond. In addition, for the…

Increased Minimum Holiday Entitlement


New laws giving employee's an increased minimum holiday entitlement have now been in force since 1 October 2007. The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007 have increased employee's minimum holiday entitlement to 4.8 weeks (24 days for someone who works 5 days a week). This is the first of…

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27 Jul 2018

Employment & HR


Employment Tribunal Claims Continue to Rise Following Abolition of Tribunal Fees

The Employment Tribunal (ET) is an independent judicial body established to resolve disputes between employers…

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