Employment e-news

Unfair deductions for training costs

September 12th 2019

Deductions for training costs The repayment of training costs has once again hit the headlines. Last year, it was Capita and FDM Group who were reported to be charging employees who left their training service up to £20,000. With Capita admitting that their practice was unlawful. This year a Costa...

Disability discrimination and consequences

September 12th 2019

Both employees and workers are protected from discrimination arising from a disability within the workplace, under the Equality Act 2010. However, statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice indicate that such claims are on the rise, with there being 6,550 claims made last year compared to 4,770...

Addressing the power balance and the use of NDAs

June 17th 2019

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are being used increasingly to settle employment related issues such as, accusations of discrimination and other grievance topics. On the 5th June 2019 the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee released a new report on the use of NDAs in discrimination...

Harassment claims and the "Vento" guidelines

June 17th 2019

Where an employment tribunal finds that an employee has suffered discrimination, harassment or victimisation, the award will be partially made up of injury to feelings. The injury to feelings awards are based on the “Vento” guidelines. These were developed in the case of Vento v Chief Constable...

Holiday pay and voluntary overtime

June 17th 2019

Last year we reported that ACAS had issued new guidance in relation to overtime, in direct response to the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s ruling in Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust (the Trust). However, this month the case was heard by the Court of Appeal. The case itself focused on...

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Office banter warning as Christmas parties approach

December 4th 2018

A regional employment law expert is warning of the fine line between ‘office banter’ and harassment as businesses plan their festive celebrations. Kate Shawcross, associate solicitor in the Employment & HR team at Napthens, warned that employers need to be aware of the repercussions of...

Hot weather warning for employers

July 30th 2018

An expert in employment law and HR issues has offered his top tips for employers looking to ensure they are following the rules when it comes to keeping staff cool in the summer heatwave. The UK is experiencing record hot temperatures, and the weather has prompted Daniel Rawcliffe, solicitor in the...

Napthens signs up leading expedition specialists

July 3rd 2018

Regional law firm Napthens solicitors has signed up Kendal-based Sam Sykes Ltd as a client. Sam Sykes is one of the world’s leading providers of Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expedition services, and was founded in 2009. Now employing around 50 staff, the business – founded by entrepreneur Sam Sykes...

Mental health 'should be a priority in the workplace'

June 11th 2018

Employers should ensure all managers are given training in relation to mental health, an employment and HR law expert has advised.  Anthony Fox, solicitor in the Employment & HR team at regional law firm Napthens, warned that current figures show just a quarter of managers reported receiving...

HR advisor boosts team at Napthens

March 9th 2018

Regional law firm Napthens has appointed Jenny Winstanley as HR advisor in a boost to its HR services. Jenny works with the firm’s clients who require practical, hands-on HR expertise within their business, as part of Napthens’ industry-leading HR3 service. HR3 is Napthens’ employment law...

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Businesses 'can do more on mental health'

November 6th 2019

Not enough is being done to encourage businesses to support positive mental health in the workplace. This is the message from attendees at a major wellbeing conference held by regional law firm Napthens who were surveyed following the event. In total, 70 per cent of attendees felt not enough is...

HR specialist joins Napthens

August 15th 2019

An expert with more than a decade of experience providing HR advice has joined regional law firm Napthens as a People Consultant. Previously, Claire Miller worked for the General Medical Council – the sole medical regulator for doctors in the UK – and also spent time on a career break in Texas,...

Immigration specialist joins Napthens

July 1st 2019

Claire promoted to partner

May 10th 2019

Claire Haworth in the Employment & HR team at Napthens has been promoted to partner. Claire joined the firm in 2013 and since then has played a leading role in helping develop the team’s fixed cost employment law solution, HR3. Based at the firm’s East Lancashire office in Blackburn, Claire...

'Tipping' guidance for employers

April 2nd 2019

Businesses in the leisure sector should understand how tips should be distributed to staff, an expert has warned. Oliver McCann, Employment & HR partner at regional law firm Napthens, warns that businesses are facing increased pressure from workers and customers to make sure their distribution...