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Dos and don’ts for common employment law issues

Recent research demonstrates that a proactive approach will resolve the majority of the most common employment legal issues for SMEs. We have created this guide to highlight them and the key do's and don’ts for preventing these issues from escalating. If you’re interested in understanding more about the benefits of Legal Expenses Insurance for you  and … Continue reading Dos and don’ts for common employment law issues

Don’t dismiss whistleblowers, even if primary motive is their own pay

An employee comes in to your office one day and asks for a private word. “I think I’ve spotted errors on the last financial report, and it’s resulted in lower commission.” You promise to look into the matter. But you think he’s paid too much anyway and you procrastinate. He raises the matter again, and … Continue reading Don’t dismiss whistleblowers, even if primary motive is their own pay

Employment tribunal fees abolished: risk of facing a claim has dramatically increased

For the past four years, to issue an employment tribunal claim against their employer employees had to pay a fee: £160 or £250 depending on the type of claim. And then to obtain a hearing, they had to pay another fee, £230 or £950. In October 2013 UNISON, the trade union, commenced judicial review proceedings … Continue reading Employment tribunal fees abolished: risk of facing a claim has dramatically increased

Common employment law issues and how to avoid them

As the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful – We found that by encouraging our customers to make active use of our Legal Advice Line for employment issues, only 1% of the hundreds of thousands of calls we receive each year actually result in litigation. Download our guide to explain the do’s and … Continue reading Common employment law issues and how to avoid them

Employment Tribunal Fees Abolished

The Supreme Court today ruled that employment tribunal fees introduced by the government in 2013, are unlawful. Commenting on the development Robert Nicholls, Director of BTE at Abbey Legal said: "Employees now have access to justice and barriers to bringing claims have been removed. Consequently we expect to receive claims and an uplift to levels … Continue reading Employment Tribunal Fees Abolished

The Taylor Review – what it means to you as an employer

  As you may have read, Matthew Taylor has published his eagerly awaited Government commissioned review into ‘Modern Working Practices’ (the Review), which can be found here in full. First, do you have to change any of your employment practices or procedures right now? No, you do not. As the Guardian explains in the linked article, … Continue reading The Taylor Review – what it means to you as an employer

New pre-action protocol for debt claims from 1 October 2017

There is a new pre-action protocol for debt claims coming into force on 1 October 2017. It applies where a business is claiming payment from an individual (including sole traders), but not to business-to-business debts. There are now certain principles that need to be complied with prior to issuing a claim which encourage communication and … Continue reading New pre-action protocol for debt claims from 1 October 2017

Updated guidance on subject access, CCTV codes of practice and the guide to data protection

The Information Commissioners Office has updated its guidance on the following topics which can be found on the ICO website on these links: Subject access code of practice, CCTV code of practice and Guide to data protection. Business owners should take note of this guidance but keep in mind that the Data Protection Act 1998 … Continue reading Updated guidance on subject access, CCTV codes of practice and the guide to data protection