Employment Law Archives

Kostal UK Limited v Dunkley and others

October 29th 2021

For any employers that recognise a trade union for collective bargaining, the long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in Kostal UK Limited v Dunkley and others has landed.  It’s a win for unions, but the decision is not as bad for employers as first feared, giving some clarity over when...

Double vaccination vs isolation

October 6th 2021

On 16 August 2021, the rules regarding self-isolation changed and the legal requirement to self-isolate after coming into contact with a positive Covid-19 case was removed for anyone who: is fully vaccinated – i.e. has received two COVID-19 vaccination doses and 14 days have passed since the...

Case Law Update: Employees refusing to attend work

August 3rd 2021

We are now starting to see Employment Tribunal cases related to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the recent case of Mr D Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd, the Employment Tribunal had to decide if an employee had been unfairly dismissed after he refused to return to his workplace because he believed...

Case Law Update: Philosophical beliefs

July 6th 2021

Background In the case of Forstater v CGD Europe & Other the Claimant worked for CGD as a researcher and writer. In 2018, she became engaged in a debate on Twitter about proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. Complaints were raised by her colleagues that some of her tweets were...

RIDDOR Reporting - why is it important?

July 6th 2021

RIDDOR Reporting – Why is it important? A few of our recent hub articles have highlighted the importance of accident and near miss reporting in the effective management of health and safety, but did you know that it is a criminal offence not to report certain accidents and incidents to the...

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The evolution of the working week

March 30th 2022

Pre-Pandemic, the majority of the UK worked 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Then along came Covid and our ‘normal’ rigid working week was overhauled. Almost 2 years after we were given the order to ‘work from home’, there seems to be an accepted transition across the UK that ‘agile working’ is...

International Women’s Day – Why employers should care

February 24th 2022

8 March 2022 marks International Women’s Day, it’s a day to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe but more importantly it also highlights the issues which women still face within the workplace. In recent years there has been a significant shift in society and there have been...

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Discrimination 'do's' and 'don'ts'

May 6th 2022

Whilst the use of International Days has increased over recent years, May brings some important days to the forefront of conversation such as Eid, world Asthma day and international day of families. In recent months, discrimination has been a key topic of conversation in the employment law media....

What can employers do to help employees with the cost of living crisis?

March 30th 2022

The cost-of-living crisis is poised to deepen in April, when national insurance contributions will rise and inflation, energy and water bills are set to soar. The annual CPI inflation, already at a 30 year high of 5.4% in December 2021, is predicted to increase to 7% in April, way above wage...

The evolution of the working week

March 30th 2022

Pre-Pandemic, the majority of the UK worked 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Then along came Covid and our ‘normal’ rigid working week was overhauled. Almost 2 years after we were given the order to ‘work from home’, there seems to be an accepted transition across the UK that ‘agile working’ is...

War in Ukraine: practical guidance for employers

March 9th 2022

According to UN statistics, more than two million people have fled Ukraine because of the Russian invasion. Earlier this week, Filippo Grandi, the UN high Commissioner for Refugees, called it the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. The ramifications of the conflict are...

The unexpected recruitment crisis

February 25th 2022

For the last 2 years we have been forewarned that a crisis of unemployment is on the horizon but instead we are facing an unexpected predicament – a shortage of casual workers. We are seeing the number of people that are willing to accept work on a casual basis is drastically dwindling. This type...

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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...

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Update to immigration rules

April 12th 2022

The UK Home Office has amended the existing sponsorship system to introduce the Global Business Mobility, Scale-up and High Potential Individual visa route. Global Business Mobility Visa routes The Global Business Mobility Visa routes are due to formally launch at 9am on 11 April 2022. These...

Are employees entitled to an extra bank holiday?

January 16th 2022

This year the UK will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional bank holiday will be given on Friday 3 June.  This may leave employers wondering whether employees will be entitled to...

Napthens launches innovative HR portal

April 20th 2021

Leading law firm Napthens has launched a new HR service, that will seamlessly integrate the Napthens team into employee relations processes and enable outsourcing of case work. The People Portal, created and developed over the last 12 months, is a unique online service that facilitates better...

Napthens advises on Multi-Ply international buyout

November 6th 2020

A leading manufacturing company in Preston has completed a multi-million pound sale. Multi-Ply Components Limited, which manufactures a range of carbon fibre components for medical equipment around the world, has been acquired by MedCap AB, a Swedish investment firm specialising in medical...

Businesses ‘must reduce risk for safe return to the workplace’

August 13th 2020

A HR expert is urging businesses to ensure their workplaces are safe and ready to welcome back staff as the Government’s furlough scheme starts to wind down. Jenny Heyes, Head of People Projects in the Employment & HR team at regional law firm Napthens, explained that businesses should focus...