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Employment & HR

October

National Minimum Wage Rates Increase

01/10/15

The Employment Team at Forbes Solicitors are reminding employers that as from 1st October 2015 the national minimum wage rates are to change - · the adult rate will increase by 20p to £6.70 an hour · the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 17p to £5.30 an hour…

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September

Client Demand Fuels Appointments at Forbes

29/09/15

The Commercial Team at Forbes has expanded, as a direct result of increased client demand, with the appointment of four Solicitors. Tom Smith has joined the Dispute Resolution Department as an Associate. He is an experienced Solicitor specialising in business disputes and a member of the Law…

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July

Continued Success For Lancashire HR Forum With Forbes' Support

24/07/15

Forbes Solicitors has signed up to support a Lancashire based employer's forum for a further year after the continued growth and success of the events. The Lancashire HR Employer's Forum has now been supported by Forbes Solicitors for over 5 years after they stepped in to save the events…

EAT Judgment on the effect of ACAS Early Conciliation rules

20/07/15

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held in the case of Cranwell v Cullen that the requirement to engage in early conciliation via ACAS before bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal cannot be skipped unless one of the permitted exceptions apply. The Claimant lodged a claim with the Employment…

"Establishment test" for Collective Consultation Re-established

20/07/15

A recent decision by the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") in the case of Woolworths will no doubt be welcomed by businesses that operate from more than one site. The decision means that in the case of businesses with multiple stores or offices, like Woolworths, in a redundancy situation a…

Grievance Need Not Halt Discipline

20/07/15

Does an employer need to suspend a Disciplinary Hearing to deal with the employee's Grievance? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Jinadu v Docklands Buses. The Claimant was employed by the Respondent as a bus driver. Following a complaint by a member of the public…

The Parent Trap - Indirect Discrimination and Shared Parental Leave

20/07/15

The new Shared Parental Leave provisions, which took effect on 5 April, allow working couples to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay (48 and 35 weeks respectively if the mother is a factory worker) following the birth or adoption of their child, the aim being to offer greater flexibility…

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May

Warning For Local Businesses Following Discrimination Ruling

21/05/15

An employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is warning local businesses that decisions made on the grounds of religious views can still amount to discrimination following the Ashers Bakery case. The Bakery was sued by a customer following its decision to cancel the order of a cake containing a design…

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April

Forbes To Provide Employment Advice To Leyland Trucks

23/04/15

The Employment Team at Forbes Solicitors has been selected to provide employment law advice to one of Britain's leading manufacturing companies, Leyland Trucks The Company has a workforce of around 1,000 employees based at its award winning plant on the Lancashire Business Park in Farington,…

Misuse of public funds can be regarded as an SOSR for justifying dismissal

20/04/15

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has lost his fight to continue on the payroll of a school where he has not worked for two years. The Claimant had been employed as a learning mentor at the school by Sefton Council, whilst at the same time being an elected councillor in neighbouring Liverpool. He had…

Forbes' Partner Becomes St Catherine's Hospice Trustee

07/04/15

Jonathan Holden, Employment Partner at Forbes Solicitors, has been appointed as a Trustee of St Catherine's Hospice. St Catherine's cares for people facing life shortening illnesses across Central Lancashire covering the three boroughs of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. Their…

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March

Seminar To Demystify Holiday Pay Ruling For Lancashire Businesses

27/03/15

An Employment Expert at Forbes Solicitors is urging Lancashire businesses to get to grips with the recent ruling in relation to holiday pay or face the costly consequences. In the recent case of Lock v British Gas, the Employment Tribunal ruled that holiday pay should include something to reflect…

Is obesity a disability - the European view

26/03/15

The European Court of Justice considered the question of whether obesity can be considered to be a disability in the case of FOA (Kaltoft) v Billund. The Court determined that it is possible for obesity to be considered to be a disability, however, it also suggested that discrimination on the grounds of…

LinkedIn -v- LinkedOut

24/03/15

How much do you know about your employees' LinkedIn contacts? Did you know that the contacts they have acquired whilst working in your employment may bypass your current restrictive covenants? Traditionally restrictive covenants have been clauses set out in the Employment Contract designed to…

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January

Employment Tribunal Statistics

30/01/15

The Ministry of Justice has recently released statistics for Employment Tribunals from April to June 2014. The statistics demonstrate the ongoing trend in a drop in Tribunal claims generally. They report a drop of 70% compared with the same period in 2013. Also, there has been a drop of one third…

The Big Freeze - Points to Consider

29/01/15

Snowfall has closed schools and businesses and led to traffic chaos in many parts of the UK. We consider the employment law implications… Whilst the onus is on employees to get into work regardless of the weather conditions, an employer should carefully consider each employee's…

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15 May 2018

Employment & HR

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EAT Overturns Sex Discrimination Finding Regarding Shared Parental Leave

Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali UKEAT/0161/17/BA

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