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Dec 17

An Employer’s Guide to Christmas

Christmas can present a myriad of challenges for employers and finding the right balance between playing Santa and Scrooge can be difficult. As the festive season gets underway, here’s some...

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Sep 17

Employment Tribunal Fees – is the cost of obtaining justice too high?

In a recent landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees amounted to an unlawful barrier to justice for employees who wanted to bring claims against their employers....

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May 17

Holiday Pay – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

So the clouds have finally parted for employers with the Employment Appeal Tribunal shedding light on how far back in time a worker is able to claim unlawful deductions from...

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Sep 16

The rise and risk of social media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp… all part of a day’s work? They are for many employees. Estimates show that Facebook alone has 1.44 billion monthly active users and that over 50%...

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Apr 16

Five simple ways to protect your business!

There is no way of ensuring that you will never have to deal with a serious employee issue or face a tribunal claim.  There are, however, steps you can take...

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Mar 15

Shared Parental Leave – Will it Really Change Things?

The arrival of a baby is an exciting but challenging time.  There are sleepless nights, nappy changing and a crying baby to deal with.  A mother can now share all...

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Nov 14

Overtime and Holiday Pay – Recent Developments

On 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) handed down its decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v. Fulton (and conjoined cases) which confirmed that non-guaranteed overtime should be taken into account when...

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Sep 14

Mock Tribunal Takes Centre Stage

Leading Harrogate law firm, Raworths is staging a mock employment tribunal on Harrogate Theatre’s Main Stage at 8am on Wednesday 15 October 2014. The aim of the production is to...

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Aug 14

Employment Law – Dress Code

Will your Dress Code stand up to Scrutiny? There’s an old joke in the employment law and HR world which goes something along the lines of, “Someone told me to...

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Jun 14

Avoid Snapping Under the New Flexible Working Regime

New legislation comes into force on 30 June 2014. This expands, and allegedly simplifies, the current right to request flexible working. To bend with the times employers need to know...

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Jun 14

World Cup Dream or Disciplinary Nightmare?

The current England team carries very low expectations into this year’s football World Cup, but what can you expect from your workforce during the tournament? Absenteeism / Leaving Early As...

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Apr 14

More Change ahead for Employment Law

For many years we have sympathised with employers who have found that taking on staff is an increasingly risky business.  The breadth of potential claims has widened out of recognition...

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Dec 13

Zero-hours workers are not employees, right?…Wrong!

Ask a lawyer and the answer is frustratingly likely to be a resounding ‘maybe’. No guaranteed hours is no guarantee of non-employee status. A well-drafted contract is a step in...

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Aug 13

Zero-hours Contracts, Zero Liability?

Condemned by the press as draconian and employer-biased, zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) offer no guarantee of work and may prevent the worker from working elsewhere. Rumour has it they offer no...

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May 13

New Employee Status ‘Employee Shareholder’

It has recently been announced that the government intends to implement the new "employee shareholder" employment status on 1 September 2013. This means that in consideration of the individual becoming...

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May 13

Employment Tribunal Fees

Fees will be introduced in Employment Tribunals for the first time.  The government is working towards an implementation date of the end of July 2013.  A claimant will be required...

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Apr 13

2013 Budget – Key Issues for SMEs

This business briefing highlights the key issues for small and medium-sized enterprises in the 2013 Budget. Simplification of income tax for small businesses The government announced changes to the design...

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Mar 13

What’s in the Pipeline for Employment Law…?

Over 80 representatives from 50 local businesses attended Raworths’ Spring Employment Law Seminars to find out. Deborah Boylan, Head of the Employment Team said: ‘Clients find it beneficial to attend...

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Jan 13

Lapdance? Think Twice! Take Legal Advice

Stripping for a living may be less attractive in the light of a recent Court of Appeal decision. A dancer, sacked from Stringfellows, took her case to the Employment Appeal...

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Jul 12

“My best employees are starting up in competition against me – what can I do?”

I overheard two businessmen talking about departing employees on the train, how there is little you can do about it and how restrictive covenants, according to them, are not worth...

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Jul 12

Weak Economy Encouraging Employees to take on their Bosses

The trend of employees setting up in competition with their bosses is on the increase according to Jonathan Mortimer, Head of Dispute Resolution at Raworths in Harrogate.  “Employees becoming dissatisfied...

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May 12

65 Year Old Solicitor Past His Sell-By Date

Last year saw the nail in the coffin for the default retirement age. A triumph for employees no longer on the scrap heap at 65 left employers facing the uncertainty...

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Feb 12

New Face in Employment Law Team

Harrogate solicitors, Raworths, have appointed Victoria Notman as a solicitor in the Employment unit headed by partner, Deborah Boylan. Victoria brings the total number of solicitors in the Employment unit...

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Feb 12

Changing Conditions of Employment Still a ‘minefield’

Raworths Solicitors recently held their second employment law update seminar of the year at Betty’s Imperial Rooms with changing conditions of employment high on the agenda. Over seventy local business...

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Feb 12

Where Have all the Independent Travelling Salesmen Gone?

As a lawyer, I am frequently asked for my view as to the most ridiculous law that applies to business and which should be scrapped. Without hesitation, I have to...

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Feb 12

Does administration and liquidation always end in redundancy?

The UK economy has faced many challenges in recent years but there is hope that it has returned to positive growth and that a further recession will be avoided.  However,...

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Sep 11

Employment Law Changes

Just as we get to grips with changes introduced in April, more are upon us!  The government has made promises to go easy on employers during these difficult economic times...

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Apr 11

Royal Wedding Presents Problems for Employers

Raworths Solicitors in Harrogate has received a large number of queries from local employers trying to establish whether the Royal Wedding Day is an additional bank holiday and how to...

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Feb 11

Employment Tribunals – A Step on the Ladder to Fairness

On 27th January, the Government announced its proposals to reform the Employment Tribunal process. Hopefully, it will redress some of the balance which has previously been tipped significantly in favour...

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Nov 10

Social Media and the Workplace

Social media has grown rapidly in recent years and is yet another source of potential pitfalls for employers.  The use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and instant messaging such as MSN...

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Oct 10

Equality Act 2010

Many employers will groan at the thought of the Equality Act 2010 coming into force.  The main parts of the Act will come into force this October but it is...

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Jun 10

World Cup ‘Fever’!?

There are two important issues facing employers from 11 June to 11 July 2010 with World Cup fever - how to diagnose, and how to prevent an epidemic! Most employers...

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Mar 10

Fit to Work?

Employee sickness certification is to be overhauled from April 2010.  The Government’s aim is to reduce the massive 172 million working days which are lost to sickness absence in Britain...

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Jan 10

Is there too much ‘Tweeting’, ‘Poking’ and ‘Blogging’ in the workplace?

Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and My Space have become powerful and useful social and business networking tools over recent years.  Let’s face it, it has advantages if a...

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Oct 09

Pipe and Slippers Anyone?

Retirement and the state pension age are increasingly topical subjects.   Although I still have a good few years’ hard work left in me it does seem if recent indications prove...

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Sep 09

Swine Flu – Putting a bit of meat on the bones (but not pork obviously!)

Despite the efforts of some the more excitable elements of the media to ramp up the swine flu pandemic, it has not so far impacted on the lives of many...

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Aug 09

Graduate Recruitment, a Silver Lining?

Having spent the last 15 months providing predominately ‘exit’ advice, I thought it could be timely to remind employers considering graduate recruitment so that they learn from past mistakes and/or...

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Jun 09

Redundancy and Age Discrimination – Rewarding Employees for Loyalty

Let’s face it - the recession is here to stay for some time yet. Many companies are facing diminishing profits, and tighter controls on finances and overdrafts by the banks. As...

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Jan 09

Homophobic banter aimed at straight worker is discriminatory

If you are an employer reading this article you will almost certainly groan at the ‘red tape’ that is an inevitable consequence of employing people. The potential consequences in the...

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Sep 07

More Holidays!?

We have recently been inundated with questions from employers confused about the forthcoming increase in holiday entitlement. This article aims to alleviate the confusion! The Working Time Regulations 1998 (the Regulations)...

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Apr 07

Work Life Balance!?

It’s that time of year again when the latest raft of employment law changes become effective. In the Government’s eagerness to address some of life’s inequalities, it has introduced further...

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