Employment News

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...

National Minimum/Living Wage from 1 April 2019

The National Minimum/Living Wage have changed this month. From 1 April 2019 the new rates are: Workers aged 25 and over - £8.21 an hour (National Living Wage) Workers aged 21-24 - £7.70 an hour Development rate for workers aged 18-20 -...

Top tips if your employer offers you a settlement agreement

Problems at work? If your employer offers you a settlement agreement, here are five things you need to know. Make sure your settlement is put in writing Settlement Agreements are legally binding contracts and must relate to a particular complaint or...

Settlement agreements can resolve long standing problems at work

Settlement Agreements came into effect on 29 th July 2013 and are legally binding contracts which can be used to end an employment relationship on agreed terms.  Settlement Agreements are often used to resolve ongoing disputes between an employer and...

How to file a complaint about discimination or unfair treatment at work

Making a complaint to your employer about discriminatory or unfair treatment at work can be a risky business. If you’ve been passed over for promotion or have simply had enough of lewd comments from colleagues should you consider filing a grievance? ...

Working in hot temperatures - what are my rights?

The recent heatwave has sparked a series of questions about working in high temperatures. Our employment law specialist James Hodgson offers some advice for employers and employees. In the UK there is no maximum temperature that a workplace is allowed to...

Farewell to employment expert Jon Dyson who retires this month

This month we bid a fond farewell to one of our most experienced solicitors, Jon Dyson, who is retiring after almost three decades of service to the local community. Jon studied law at Durham University and began his legal career as an articled clerk in the...

Proposed increases to statutory pay

DWP announces proposed 2017 increases to statutory maternity paternity adoption and sick pay. In a written ministerial statement from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Government has announced the following proposed increases to statutory benefit...

ICO prosecutes employee for unlawfully accessing client data

A former employee of Lex Autolease Ltd who unlawfully accessed personal data records of 551 Lex Autolease customers relating to road traffic accidents has been prosecuted and fined under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The employee accessed the...

Police ordered to pay £450,000 in discrimination case

A policeman who was victimised by fellow officers because of his ethnicity has won £457,664 in compensation from Cleveland Police. Last year a tribunal found that firearms officer Nadeem Saddique had been discriminated against. Cleveland Police agreed...

Restaurant owner disqualified for employing illegal workers

A restaurant owner has been disqualified from acting as a director after employing two illegal workers. Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers visited the restaurant and found he was employing two workers who were not eligible to work in the UK....

EasyJet cabin crew win landmark case on breastfeeding

Employers may have to improve arrangements for female staff who are breast feeding after a “groundbreaking” tribunal ruling. The tribunal found that EasyJet discriminated against two female cabin crew members by failing to limit their days...

New minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016

On 1st October, new national minimum wage rates came into force. Employers are urged to review their pay scales to ensure they are aligned with the new rates which are: £6.95. for workers aged 21 to 24  £5.55 for workers aged 18...

ACAS research reveals negative attitudes towards tattoos

New research published by ACAS indicates that employers risk losing talented staff due to concerns about employing people with visible tattoos.

National minimum wage offenders named and shamed

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the largest ever list of National Minimum Wage offenders. The 198 companies listed owed workers over £466,219 in arrears. Since the scheme was introduced in October...

When it Comes to Employment Law, British Airways' Female Cabin Crew Wear the Trousers

A two year dispute over British Airways' dress code for new female recruits has come to a close after the airline agreed to allow all female cabin crew the right to wear trousers. Established crew members have long been allowed to wear trousers, but the...

Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace

Businesses wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) into consideration before changing their approach. The ECJ held that the...

How Settlement Agreements can provide a Fresh Start in 2016

Winter is often a time when many of us turn our thoughts turn to fresh starts, resolutions and resolving issues which have troubled us during the year. This is especially the case when it comes to resolving long standing problems or grievances at work -...