Employment Law

Posted 21st May, 2015 under Employment Law by

As most people know, the stress caused by working very long hours can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health. To help protect employees from the effects of working long hours, the Working Time Regulations 1998 state that employers must allow 11 hours of uninterrupted rest a day for employees who are… Read more »

Posted 28th April, 2015 under Employment Law, Personal Injury by

Beecham Peacock have achieved settlements for a number of workers who developed repetitive strain injury while working under difficult conditions in a factory dispensary. The workers were employed to mix raw materials together to produce pharmaceuticals in the dispensary at Sanofi in Newcastle. The job involved a lot of heavy lifting, as well as repetitive… Read more »

Posted 07th April, 2015 under Employment Law by

All employees need to be aware of important changes to their rights, which are due to take effect this month. Perhaps the most significant changes relate to those who are about to become parents. The new scheme for shared parental leave means that working parents of babies born after 5 April 2015 will have choices… Read more »

Posted 24th March, 2015 under Employment Law by

A recent law has closed a loop hole that allowed employers to discriminate against job applicants with minor convictions. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, any individual who served a single sentence of up to four years without reoffending on release is not required to reveal their criminal record to potential employers. However, many employers… Read more »

Posted 17th March, 2015 under Employment Law by

Losing your job is a stressful and difficult time whatever the circumstances, which makes it even harder to judge your legal position and whether you have a claim to unfair dismissal. However, this shouldn’t mean you accept a position in which you’ve been mistreated by your employer. We’ve put together some of the core facts… Read more »

Posted 08th January, 2015 under Employment Law by

A coach driver who was left devastated after the coach she was driving was involved in a fatal collision has been awarded compensation for the injuries she suffered. The Unite member, who was not at fault for the accident, feared she would not be able to drive a coach again following the accident in April… Read more »

Posted 23rd December, 2014 under Employment Law by

Public Health England (PHE), the government agency tasked with protecting and improving the nation’s health and wellbeing, has recently launched two new initiatives to tackle sexual harassment and domestic violence in universities and workplaces. This is in response to growing concern about the prevalence of such incidents and the research findings of several different investigative… Read more »

Posted 17th December, 2014 under Employment Law by

Now that the festive season is in full swing, many people will be looking forward to letting their hair down at the office Christmas party. However, while a celebration is a great way to boost staff morale by rewarding staff and giving everyone a chance to bond, the office party also has the potential to… Read more »

Posted 12th December, 2014 under Employment Law, Personal Injury by

A father who suffered devastating injuries when he was run over by a car transporter has been awarded a six-figure sum in compensation. David Ritchie was working as a HGV driver for Autologic when the accident happened, on 1 February 2012. He was among several other drivers who were loading cars onto large transporter vehicles… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Employment Law by

The shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith has made calls for a workplace pledge to protect workers’ rights, as well as making several harsh criticisms of workplace culture and the state of employment in Britain today. Also supporting him for the pledge is Hugh Lanning, the Labour candidate for Canterbury. The proposed pledge would cover six… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Employment Law by

Sports Direct, the UK’s largest sporting retailer, has been forced to revise their hiring practices after legal action brought by a former employee. Zahera Gabriel-Abrahem left the Croydon branch of Sports Direct in July of last year, after suffering panic attacks due to the oppressive conditions of her employment under a zero-hours contract. The company,… Read more »

Posted 05th November, 2014 under Employment Law by

Overtime payments should be included in holiday pay following a landmark ruling, which could affect thousands of workers across the North East. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that, for workers who regularly receive additional payments like overtime, commission or bonuses, these must be included in the pay they receive when they take annual leave… Read more »