Archived News from 2017

Employment & HR

December

Forbes Joins Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes

06/12/17

Leading law firm Forbes Solicitors has enhanced its work in the pensions sector by joining the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes (AMPS). AMPS is a body which represents the SIPP (Self-Invested Personal Pension) and SSAS (Small Self-Administered Pension Schemes) industry and…

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November

Questions we have been asked this month

21/11/17

Q. In 2015 member of staff in discussing workload with another more junior member of staff has purportedly authorised an increase in hours for the junior staff member equating to 7 hours per week. The junior staff member had not realised until now and has since raised a grievance regarding the…

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October

The 'Thriving at work' Report - Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

26/10/17

Following the request of the Prime Minister, Theresa May, The 'Thriving at work' report, published on Thursday 26 October 2017, is an independent review of how employers can improve and enhance the mental health of all of its employees and ultimately ensure they thrive through work. The…

Five Newly Qualified Solicitors for Forbes

23/10/17

Five members of staff at leading North West legal firm Forbes Solicitors are celebrating after qualifying as Solicitors. Amy Chadwick, Rebecca McCann, Laura Marsh, Bethany Paliga and Stacey Lakeland are now beginning the next stage of their careers with the firm. Amy, based in the Leeds…

Forbes Solicitors celebrates 44 Legal 500 Recommendations

19/10/17

Forbes Solicitors is celebrating after receiving 44 recommendations for its lawyers and services in the 2017 Legal 500 rankings, up from 31 in 2016. The leading North West legal firm is also delighted to reveal that the firm has been recommend for the first time for Education , Clinical Negligence…

Are you prepared for the GDPR?

03/10/17

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils…

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September

Are you prepared for the GDPR?

27/09/17

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils…

Simone Agoreyo -v- London Borough of Lambeth (Appeal)

25/09/17

Summary of the facts The Appellant in this case was a newly appointed teacher at the school. It was alleged that within the first few weeks of her employment there were three incidents which occurred whilst dealing with particularly challenging children who had special educational needs, for which…

Can you monitor your employees personal communications at work?

25/09/17

On Tuesday 05 September 2017 the European Court of Human Rights ('ECHR') established a significant legal precedent restricting the extent to which employers can monitor employees office emails. Summary of the case Bogdan B─ârbulescu, a Romanian software engineer, was dismissed…

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August

Tribunal Fees Briefing Note - Answering the essential questions

08/08/17

On the 26th July 2017, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of UNISON) v. Lord Chancellor; confirming that the Employment Tribunal fee regime was unlawful from the outset. This decision fundamentally changes the landscape of Employment Tribunal litigation in the UK,…

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful

01/08/17

Today (26 July 2017), the Supreme Court has ruled that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013 is unlawful, unconstitutional and will be quashed with immediate effect. This serves as a prominent example of the Courts being willing to limit Governmental…

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July

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

26/07/17

Today (26 July 2017), the Supreme Court has ruled that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013 is unlawful, unconstitutional and will be quashed with immediate effect. This serves as a prominent example of the Courts being willing to limit Governmental…

The Apprenticeship Levy and Education

20/07/17

The apprenticeship levy ('the levy') is now in force. The levy will affect employers with a salary bill over £3 million per year. The employer is required to pay 0.5% of their total salary bill (in most cases this will be basic pay including any additional allowances) less a £15,000…

Holiday Pay Accrues Indefinitely

18/07/17

Following the case of King v. The Sash Window Workshop Ltd., the ECJ's Advocate General has announced that the right to paid leave accrues throughout an employment relationship if the employer does not provide 'adequate facility' for the employee to take paid leave. In this case, Mr…

The 'Good Work' Report

18/07/17

The Taylor Review also know as the 'Good Work' report was published on 11th July 2017 and is an independent review of modern working practices in the UK. The report was undertaken by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. It…

Highly Regarded Employment Lawyer Joins Forbes Solicitors

06/07/17

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of highly regarded Employment Lawyer Emma Swan. Emma joins Forbes as a Partner in the Employment Team and will be based at the firm's Central Lancashire office. She has a loyal client base of Lancashire businesses which she…

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June

Continued Success For Lancashire HR Forum With Forbes' Support

13/06/17

Forbes Solicitors has signed up to support a Lancashire based employer's forum for a further 2 years after the continued growth and success of the events. The Lancashire HR Employer's Forum has now been supported by Forbes Solicitors since 2011 and over this period the forums have seen…

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May

Questions our Employment & HR department have been asked this month

23/05/17

Q. We have a Consultant whom works 4 days a week on a variety of projects. In light of the recent cases about self-employed status, is the Consultant self-employed? A. Whether or not the Consultant will be self-employed will depend on a number of factors. Principally, a key factor is whether…

Forbes Announces Promotions

18/05/17

Forbes Solicitors has announced the appointment of four new Partners and four new Associates as part of its continued growth. The largest legal practice in the North West outside the major cities has promoted Lucy Harris, Rubina Vohra, Judith Bloor and Patricia Prescott to Partners from Associates…

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April

Stress at work - managing long term sickness absence

12/04/17

Herry v Dudley Metropolitan BC The workplace has the potential to be a highly pressurised environment for everyone, particularly with the current austere climate within the Public Sector showing no signs of letting up and the uncertainty of Brexit looming in the wake of the triggering of Article…

Tagtronics seals £1m-plus acquisition

10/04/17

Blackburn-based software as a service business Tagtronics has acquired a London-based SAAS company in a £1m-plus buyout following advice from Forbes Solicitors. Tagtronics founder and managing director Mike Williams said, "This is our first acquisition of this size, and is part of a…

Supreme Court overturns High Court ruling on term time holidays

06/04/17

Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28 On 6 April 2017 the Supreme Court delivered its judgement, overturning the decision of the High Court which was that Mr Platt had not breached s444(1) of the Education Act 1996, as his daughter's attendance was otherwise regular notwithstanding the…

Two Newly Qualified Solicitors for Forbes

06/04/17

Two members of staff at leading North West legal firm Forbes Solicitors are celebrating after qualifying as Solicitors. Sarah Petrie and Emanuele Bellanca are now beginning the next stage of their careers with the firm. Sarah, based in the Central Lancashire office, specialises in…

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March

Religion v Rules

16/03/17

Muslim women's rights to wear a headscarf and full-face veil in public places and within the workplace have been subject to major debate. Various European countries have addressed the issue, with France and Belgium restricting such women's rights in 2011, and both Austria and the Netherlands…

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February

Industrial Action - a legal update

24/02/17

Towards the end of 2016, Britain saw arguably the most notable examples of industrial action since the 1980s. Strike action and disputes over various aspects of employment regularly entered the media limelight; ranging from disputes over pay to job descriptions. The mechanics of industrial action…

Developments for Employment Law 2017

15/02/17

Childcare Vouchers The government proposed to implement a new tax-free childcare scheme where working families earning at least £50 per week per parent, can claim up to 20% of qualifying childcare costs for children under five and / or children under 17 with disabilities, up to a cap of &…

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January

High Heels and Work Petition: The Legal Position

25/01/17

Recently women have spoken out about their employers putting pressure on them to wear high heels, more make up or revealing outfits to "fulfil" their roles at work. The Equality Act 2010 ("the EA 2010") prohibits discrimination, harassment and victimisation in employment, however…

Victory for Disabled Bus Users in the Supreme Court

19/01/17

The Supreme Court has ruled in the favour of a disabled activist in respect of his campaign for priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses. Mr Paulley is a wheelchair user who attempted to board a bus on 24 February 2012. A woman with a sleeping child in a pushchair refused to fold down the…

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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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