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  • Wednesday 25th March 2015

    Employment myths 3

    Employees who are pregnant or on maternity leave cannot be dismissed They can, as long as the reason for dismissal is unrelated to their pregnancy or maternity leave as this would amount to sex discrimination and be an automatically unfair dismissal. If you have a lawful reason for ...

  • Thursday 5th February 2015

    Employment Contracts - What You Need to Know

    We are often told by employers and employees alike that they do not have a written employment contract and that therefore no obligations are owed, but this is not quite right. If an employee is attending work and being paid then there is a contract, but it is just not written down. For this ...

  • Tuesday 3rd February 2015

    Women in Farming - How to protect your family farm when entering into a relationship

    As young women in farming, it is likely that you have already or will at some point inherit your parents’ or grand-parents’ family farm and/or assets. You will inevitably want to protect these inherited assets to ensure that they remain in the family to pass down to future ...

  • Friday 30th January 2015

    Hard times ahead for the estate executor ? the problems with Probate

    Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be difficult enough, and can be exceptionally challenging for estate executors who find themselves coping with bereavement whilst also making arrangements for the deceased’s estate. Probate is not simply a case of reading through the Will and handing ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Winter employment issues

    This season brings its own set of challenges like snow days and winter coughs and colds. Here is a roundup of the key things to look out for and what employers need to do to be prepared. Ice and Snow Be prepared for travel disruption. Get your policies and rules straight and publicise ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Amanda Finn praised in latest Chambers and Partners UK

    Chambers and Partners UK 2015 ranked Amanda Finn as an ‘up and coming’ partner in the Kent Employment section. The legal guide describes Amanda as, “a ‘very nice and very competent lawyer’ with ‘extensive experience in employment’ according to ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Social media policy

    Social networking sites can be a minefield for employers. There have been countless examples in the press of employees facing disciplinary action for use of social networking sites such as Facebook. Whilst it is often important for staff to be well connected for marketing purposes, it ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Hiring an employee: Part two

    This second part of a two part business briefing continues to highlight the key legal issues a business needs to consider when recruiting a new employee. Part one featured in the October issue of Employment Brief and covered advertising the job, the application and pre-employment health ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Q&As on holidays

    1. How much holiday are employees entitled to? Full time workers who work a five day week are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ or 28 days’ paid holiday leave each year. 2. What about part time workers? The full time rate of 28 days is ...

  • Thursday 22nd January 2015

    Employment myths 2

    I have received a letter from an employee, but it is not labelled ‘grievance’, so I do not need to treat it as such. A grievance can be any concern, problem or complaint that an employee raises. A failure to treat any letter in these terms as a grievance could result in the employee ...

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