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What is employee performance management?   When done correctly, employee performance management is one of the most useful tools in an employer’s kit. Employee performance reviews help businesses monitor performance goals and keep employees happy at work, nurturing career progression for the benefit of both parties. Performance reviews are seen by many employers as time-consuming… Read more »

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What is a restrictive covenant? A restrictive covenant typically restricts the activities of an employee after they have left the business for a defined period of time. This is done to protect legitimate business interests.   Which types of restrictive covenant should you consider? The most common types of restrictive covenants are: Confidentiality Clauses –… Read more »

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What is a settlement agreement? Settlement agreements are a way of resolving disputes in the workplace and avoiding potentially lengthy and costly employment tribunal proceedings. An employee will usually be provided with a financial settlement in return for agreeing to waive any potential claims, but if a material term of the settlement agreement is breached,… Read more »

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Restructuring refers to the process of adjusting the way a company operates. It is often undertaken when a business is under financial pressure and therefore leads to cutting costs and redundancies.  During a restructuring at your company, you may need to consider making redundancies. This can be a difficult process personally – for both you… Read more »

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The Christmas office party has become a UK tradition – but for the organiser or employer, it can be quite a stressful experience. Everything from dress code to location can weigh a load on your mind, not to mention costs and planning. Throughout December, Christmas office parties will be in full swing, but if you’ve… Read more »

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In the UK, approximately 1 in 5 adults aged 16 years old or older have experienced domestic abuse after turning 16. That’s 10.4 million people. Domestic abuse is a huge problem in the UK, and can affect both men and women. The Government defines domestic abuse as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse… Read more »

Health and Safety, Personal Injury by Vicki Wanless

Latest figures from Cancer Research UK show that, while men account for most cases of mesothelioma, cases among women have risen by 93 per cent between 1993 and 2018 (compared with 47 per cent in men). ‘The proportion of women being diagnosed with mesothelioma has never been higher,’ says Dean Fennell, a professor of thoracic… Read more »

Personal Injury by Andy Carruthers

Beecham Peacock has successfully won compensation for their client, Eleanor Lincoln, who suffered from an anaphylactic shock after unknowingly ordering a curry containing peanuts. Whilst celebrating her 18th birthday, Ms Lincoln and her family bought a takeaway from Khan’s Restaurant on Heaton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Ms Lincoln, a lifelong sufferer of a serious peanut allergy, specified… Read more »

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Having an accident at work can be a worrying time but we are here to help. We have a team of expert personal injury lawyers with years of experience in dealing with personal injury cases, and a long history of fighting on behalf of our clients and recovering compensation for them for almost 70 years since establishing… Read more »

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547 people died in North Tyneside from Asbestos related cancer deaths within the last 4 decades between 1981 and 2019.  Hartlepool had 206 deaths and Sunderland had 156 deaths over the same period. There was 2,369 Mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in total in 2019. The death toll emerged as MPs launched an inquiry into… Read more »

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A lasting legacy of lockdown has been the movement from the traditional workplace to increased home working. In some cases, workers may now be entirely home based but the more common situation has seen a mixture of home and office-based working often referred to as ‘hybrid’ or ‘agile’ working. For some employees, this will be… Read more »