Sara Devennie

Posted 20th December, 2018 by

The government has just published proposals to change employment laws in its document named ‘The Good Work Plan’. The key proposals are as follows: A requirement that employers give employees a written statement of terms and conditions on the first day of work. Currently they must do so within two months. Extending the right to… Read more »

Posted 28th February, 2018 by

The weather in the UK at the moment is causing severe disruption to many people’s daily lives. Here’s a few FAQs setting out what should happen in these circumstances: Q. If my child’s school is closed do I have to take unpaid leave? A. It depends what your contract of employment or relevant company policy… Read more »

Posted 16th October, 2017 by

Sexual harassment is a topic currently receiving much media attention, but for many people it continues to be an unpleasant day to day occurrence at work. The Equality Act, 2010 protects people against being treated less favourably because of their gender. You are protected from discrimination at work from day one of your employment, but… Read more »

Posted 28th July, 2017 by

After a four year legal battle we can finally say goodbye and good riddance to Employment Tribunal fees, and welcome back to fair and improved access to justice. On 29 July 2013 the government introduced controversial Employment Tribunal fees which saw Claimants paying up to £1200 in order to bring a claim to enforce their… Read more »

Posted 05th July, 2017 by

The introduction of Shared Parental Leave in April 2015 was meant to create choice and to enable families to decide who takes time off to look after children that best suits their personal circumstances. The reality is that very little has changed in terms of who takes time off, with recent TUC analysis finding that… Read more »

Posted 22nd June, 2017 by

The Summer is finally here and so is the sunshine…for now! With increasing temperatures comes an increasing number of questions about safe working conditions during periods of warm weather. One common myth is that if temperatures reach a certain point that employees have to be sent home. In fact, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare)… Read more »

Posted 23rd January, 2017 by

The ‘Gig Economy’ has hit headlines again with a further Employment Tribunal decision on the employment status of those working within it. In October 2016 an Employment Tribunal ruled that drivers at the taxi company, Uber, were ‘workers’ rather than self-employed drivers. This was significant because workers are entitled to certain minimum employment rights that… Read more »

Posted 01st December, 2016 by

Christmas is coming and so too is the highlight of the office social calendar – the Christmas party. Whilst it may be the season to be jolly, festive highjinks can land you in receipt of a very much unwanted gift – your P45! So what are the ‘rules’ at the Christmas party? Many people wrongly… Read more »