Employment Tribunal fees declared unlawful

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Judgment has recently been given on a momentous case in the matter of R (on the application of Unison) (Appellent) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent), which was Unison’s challenge against employment tribunal fees. Employment tribunal fees were introduced on 29 July 2013.  Unison, the public sector trade union, challenged the lawfulness of these fees by way of judicial review, but this was dismissed in 2014 due to lack of evidence as to whether the new fees were preventing people bringing claims….

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Top ten tips on managing sickness absence

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For some smaller employers dealing with sickness absence is stepping into unknown territory.   When dealing with this for the first time, employers can feel daunted about what they should and should not do. Whilst every case is different and may require its own specialist approach, we have set out below some tips to bear in mind when dealing with sickness absence in your workplace. 1. What are your rules? It may be as an employer you already have a policy on sickness…

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MacDonald Oates sponsors R.A.B.I. afternoon tea

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MacDonald Oates is proud to sponsor R.A.B.I. and their good work in the farming community both locally and further a field.   Thank you to Tim and Anne Butler for hosting a wonderfully sunny afternoon tea at the Lavender Fields in Selbourne.     The event raised money for the welfare charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.), which helps people in the farming industry of all ages in crisis. As well as providing practical help, R.A.B.I. also pays out…

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Father wins direct sex discrimination claim for failure to pay enhanced shared parental pay

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This case considers pay during shared parental leave.  Shared parental leave was introduced in 5 April 2015.  It allows a woman who is on maternity leave to give up her maternity leave and instead allow a partner/father to take the remaining amount of leave – known as Shared Parental Leave.  It is aimed at allowing women and their partners to share the care of the new born baby, except for the first two weeks which is compulsory maternity leave for…

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Growth and promotions for local solicitors

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We are delighted to announce that we have some internal promotions to celebrate! Linda Wilson, Head of Employment Department, has been promoted to Partner as from 1 July 2017. Linda joined the firm in September 2012 as an Associate and has since considerably contributed to the success of the firm through her business development, the launch of the Employment Department and her commitment to foster and encourage the positive culture within the firm. As from 1 July Emily Bull, family…

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Exam success for our private client Solicitor

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We are delighted to announce that Clare Ridout in our Wills, Probate and Trusts department has passed her tax paper, which is part of the STEP qualification. The STEP Diploma is a highly regarded academic qualification in the practice area of Will, Probate and Trusts. It covers a wide array of subject matter in estate, trusts and tax. Partner, and Head of Training, Patrick Jenkins said “We would very much like to congratulate Clare on this tremendous achievement. STEP qualifications…

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Resolving workplace disputes: Settlement Agreements

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We have previously highlighted that Workplace Mediation can be one way of resolving disagreements in the workplace. However, in some cases, a Settlement Agreement may be one sensible option for both parties to consider and they are commonly used by employers. What is a Settlement Agreement? A Settlement Agreement (formerly known as a Compromise Agreement) is a legally binding agreement between an employer and an employee under which the employee agrees to settle their potential claims and in return the…

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What special rights do pregnant employees have in the workplace?

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We take a look at some of the rights pregnant employees have in the workplace. The starting point is that a pregnant employee has the same rights as any other employee with the same length of service, such as unfair dismissal and a right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of any of the “protected characteristics” under the Equality Act.  Those protected characteristics include, for example, age, race and sex. The employee does not need two years service…

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Mallorca challenge for MacDonald Oates’ cycle team

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The Mac Oates sponsored cycle team has had a great few days in Mallorca. They have just returned from a four day trip where they rode over 230 miles and climbed over 14,000 feet, taking on some of the epic climbs on the island.   Regular weekly rides are organised during the spring and summer each Thursday from our Petersfield office and so do get in touch if you want to join us for a more sedate ride around the…

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How do you get your spouse or partner out of the house if you split up?

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Splitting up is tough, but being forced to live in the same house with the person you have just split up with can make it all the worse. However, what do you do if they will not move out? The answer is not straightforward: the law in England and Wales tends towards preventing people from being forced out of their home. However, there are a number of options. If there is domestic violence or abuse, the law can remove the…

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