Employment News

James Hodgson marks a decade at Wilkinson Woodward

Employment law specialist James Hodgson is celebrating this week as he marks a decade of service with Wilkinson Woodward. James joined Wilkinson Woodard on 6 September 2010 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2012. He specialises in employment...

10 June 2020: deadline for new entrants to the furlough scheme

Today -10 June 2020 -  is the last day employers can furlough staff who have not already been furloughed through the coronavirus job retention scheme. From 1 July 2020 employers may only claim for employees they have already claimed for;...

COVID-19 Secure Workplace Guidance

To support businesses and employees in re-opening workspaces and returning to work, the Government has now published a series of guides to making workplaces ‘COVID secure’. Eight sector-specific guides have been produced. These are for: ...

Government Covid-19 Recovery Strategy

The Government has now published its plan to bring England out of the current Coronavirus lockdown. The proposals state: “For the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical...

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Following the launch of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), small and medium-sized businesses can now apply for finance to help deal with operating costs and help to maintain cash flow.  Is my...

Coronavirus and Commercial Rent Payments

Commercial tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to Coronavirus will be protected from eviction. Most leases contain provisions which permit a landlord to terminate the tenancy if the tenant fails to pay rent for a period after it is due (usually 14...

Government announces further support for the self-employed

On 27 March 2020, the Government announced their intention to provide further support for the self-employed in the form of a taxable cash grant. The scheme allows individuals to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their trading profits up to a maximum of...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - further details announced

The Government has now published additional information about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme). At present the details represent guidance for HMRC; whether legislation follows remains to be seen. We recommend you read the full guidance...

Emergency Legislation for Coronavirus

The Government has recently passed all stages of its emergency bill through the House of Commons. The bill has cleared the House of Lords, and is expected to become law later today. The bill provides the Government with wide-ranging powers...

Coronavirus COVID-19: guidance for employers

All employers have a statutory duty of care for their employee’s health and safety and to provide a safe place to work. If you’re an employer, here’s what you need to know. How can I prevent the spread of infection in my business? The...

Budget 2020. Key points for employers and employees

On 11 March 2020 Sajid Javid announced several measures aimed at protecting businesses and employees against the impact of Coronavirus. The key points were: Sick Pay and Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be available from the first day of absence...

Increases in minimum wage rates take effect on 1 April 2020

Significant increases in minimum wage rates will take effect on 1 April 2020. On that date, the National Living Wage (the rate for workers aged over 25 years) increases by 6.2%. According to the Government this equates to an annual pay rise of up...

Employment law clinic in Huddersfield on 12 February 2020

The next free legal advice clinic on Employment Law is on Wednesday 12 February 2020 from 1pm to 4pm. Our employment law specialist, James Hodgson will be available for any employment law queries from local small businesses and employees. Pop in...

Ruling in ethical veganism case could have implications for employers

In the most recent ruling in a high profile ethical veganism case, the judge has decided that ethical veganism is a protected belief. Eariler this month the judge in the case of Jordi Casamitjana v The League Against Cruel Sports ruled that ethical veganism...

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

It’s business as usual until 12.30pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019. We reopen at 9am on Thursday 2 January 2020. Merry Christmas from everyone at Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors. ...

And the winner of our festive hamper is...

Congratulations to Mr Robert Hitchen who won our Christmas prize draw for a £250 hamper packed with festive food and drink. Mr Hitchen's name was drawn on Monday 16 December 2019, at random, from our database of clients. The...

Christmas sorted: win a festive hamper worth £250

This Christmas we want to give something back to all our clients. Thanks to your support we’ve continued to grow as a legal practice and as a proud supporter of our local communities of Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse. As a small token of our...

89-year-old awarded £200,000 in age discrimination case

An 89-year-old former medical secretary has won £200,000 in compensation, making her the oldest person in the UK to win an age discrimination case. Eileen Jolly was unfairly dismissed from her post at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2017 (then aged...

Problems at work? Here's what you need to know about settlement agreements

If you've been experiencing long-standing problems at work, a settlement agreement could provide a clean break for you and your employer. A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract that waives an employees' rights to make a...

Free Legal Advice Service in Hebden Bridge 8 November 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 8 November 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge.  Our legal team will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: Divorce and relationship...

Free Legal Advice Service in Hebden Bridge 11 October 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 11 October 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge.  Our legal team will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: Divorce and relationship breakdowns...

Free Legal Advice Service in Hebden Bridge 13 September 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 13 September 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge.  Our legal team will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: Divorce and relationship...

The Northumberland Mighty Hike: Thank you

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our Head of Family Law Penny Manock and Managing Director Maureen Cawthorn when they completed the Macmillan Northumberland Mighty Hike earlier this month. Thanks to your generous support,...

Maureen and Penny tackle The Northumberland Mighty Hike

This weekend our Managing Director Maureen Cawthorn will be joining our Head of Family Law Penny Manock to walk in memory of our much loved colleague Liza Pickles. Organised by Macmillan, the 26-mile route starts at Alnwick Castle and ends at...

Problems at work? Visit us for free employment law advice in Hebden Bridge on 12 July 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 1pm to 4pm on Friday 12 July 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge. Our employment law specialist James Hodgson will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: negotiating...