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Coronavirus: what should employers be doing?

March 4th 2020

Many employers are wondering what (if anything) they should be doing to protect their employees and business from the coronavirus. We have included some guidance to support your business. It’s important to know that some of the associated symptoms of Coronavirus can include a fever, a cough and...

Legal Update: Changes to agency workers rights

February 28th 2020

Under the current Agency Worker Regulations 2010 (AWR 2010), if agency workers work for a business on the same assignment for 12 continuous weeks, they are entitled to the same normal pay rights as permanent employees of that business. However, as an alternative, agency workers can work under what...

Ethical Veganism: A philosophical belief

February 28th 2020

The case of Casamitjana Costa v The League Against Cruel Sports has hit the headlines in recent weeks after an Employment Tribunal ruled that an ethical vegan had a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010. But what does this mean for Employers? The case concerned the dismissal of an employee...

Legal Update: Parental Bereavement Leave

February 28th 2020

As of 6 April 2020, parents will be entitled to Parental Bereavement Leave and, should they qualify, will also be entitled to be paid during this leave. Employers need to be aware of the entitlement and the eligibility requirements prior to the law coming into force in April and ensure that their...

Equal pay in the news - Samira Ahmed v BBC

January 27th 2020

Equal Pay in the News – Samira Ahmed v BBC The Case A recent Employment Tribunal case to hit the headlines saw Samira Ahmed bring a claim for equal pay against her employer, the BBC. In November 2018, Mrs Ahmed, a well-known presenter for the BBC’s ‘Newswatch’ claimed that the contractual...

News - Employer Protection Scheme

New hires ‘will pay their way’

April 7th 2020

An employment specialist has highlighted how employers need to work with new hires as they go through the challenges of the current coronavirus crisis. Oliver McCann, employment partner at Napthens, warned employers not to make ‘rash decisions’ in the current climate and to find a way of...

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...

News - Employment & HR

Wellbeing of employees is key

May 7th 2020

An expert in people management has issued advice to North West business owners to invest time in the wellbeing of their workforce as the coronavirus pandemic changes working patterns. Jenny Heyes, Head of People Projects at regional law firm Napthens, said: “We’ve never been more connected due...

New service supports health and safety of home workers

April 14th 2020

Napthens is offering a new dedicated service to support those employers who want to ensure their employees’ health and safety while working from home. The Napthens HomeSafe home worker management system provides an online portal which guides employers through the steps to take to make sure their...

New hires ‘will pay their way’

April 7th 2020

An employment specialist has highlighted how employers need to work with new hires as they go through the challenges of the current coronavirus crisis. Oliver McCann, employment partner at Napthens, warned employers not to make ‘rash decisions’ in the current climate and to find a way of...

Self-employed package gets cautious welcome

March 27th 2020

The new measures announced by the government to help the self-employed have been welcomed – but with a cautious message by Napthens employment partner, Oliver McCann. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme will only be open ‘to those who are already self-employed and have a self-assessment tax...

Coronavirus: A viable alternative to redundancies

March 23rd 2020

The new package of financial support for business and employees during the current crisis announced by the Government means that businesses struggling financially now have an alternative to making their staff redundant – that’s the message from business expert Oliver McCann of regional law...