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Employer’s guide – how do I get my essential workers tested for Covid-19?

If a member of your staff, who is deemed an essential worker, is required to self-isolate in line with Covid-19 guidance, you should refer them for testing as soon as possible. Being able to... Read full article

Working from home: what are my rights as an employee?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, widespread working from home has become the new normal for many. So, what are your legal rights as a homeworker, even if it’s only... Read full article

Working from home: what are my obligations as an employer?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, the number of people working exclusively from home is inevitably rising. With different areas of the country going in and out of... Read full article

What is the new Job Support Scheme, and how does it work?

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, will be replaced from 1 November 2020 by the Job Support Scheme. The new Scheme is designed to protect jobs... Read full article

Top tips: What you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement

Losing your job often goes hand in hand with being asked to sign a settlement agreement – a legally binding document recording your confirmation you won’t pursue a claim against your employer in... Read full article

Leaving your job – getting the right settlement agreement

A settlement agreement is a legally binding way to bring an employment relationship to an end.  It’s a no-risk method of achieving a clean break on agreed terms. Entirely voluntary, the aim is... Read full article

Age discrimination and the entertainment industry – inherently linked but can it ever be justified?

‘Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting’. This was Sky Sports presenter Jeff Sterling’s tweet in response to ITV’s decision to remove Clive Tyldesley from his lead role with ITV. His... Read full article

Furlough Scheme and termination

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is winding down. Many employees are facing the increased likelihood that their employment may be terminated in the near future. For those employees who have been... Read full article

Furlough Scheme update – what employers need to know

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, has been updated several times since it was first announced on 20 March 2020. The latest changes came into... Read full article

Can I be sacked for something I did in my own time?

Evidence that extreme views expressed outside work can cost you your job has been illustrated in high profile cases over the last few weeks. Labour MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was told to stand down... Read full article

Is consultation on health and safety required before a return to work?

This article first appeared in Practical Law’s Employment and Discrimination Blog and is available here   The Treasury has reported that more than eight million UK workers have been... Read full article

Employers – get ready for important legal changes this April

The world news may be consumed with COVID-19 at the moment, but there are a number of important employment law changes set to happen this spring. Here’s our list of developments that businesses... Read full article

Coronavirus – what are your rights to time off and sick pay?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, the UK is beginning to see significant disruption to travel, public events and the economy. For employees, there are a number of important issues to... Read full article

Can my employer force me to retire?

It’s no longer legal for an employer to make you retire at 65, or any other age, unless it can objectively prove there is a real business need for you to do so. However, as the recent case of an... Read full article

New paid leave rules for bereaved parents

Working parents who lose a child will be entitled to up to two weeks paid bereavement leave from 6 April 2020. According to the government, this makes the UK the most generous country in the world... Read full article

Haven’t been paid your wages? What to do next

January can be a challenging time of year with finances commonly stretched over the Christmas period. For those who are unpaid or underpaid during that time, the effects can be frustrating at best... Read full article

Ethical vegans protected from discrimination at work

A landmark ruling that ethical veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’ is likely to have far reaching implications in the workplace. ‘Ethical vegans’ are people who not only follow a plant-based... Read full article

An office romance – could it affect your career?

Barack and Michelle Obama met at work. So did Bill and Melinda Gates, not to mention Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Considering how much time we spend with our colleagues it’s hardly surprising that... Read full article

Employers: Do your workers use display screen equipment?

Rules to protect the health and safety of employees who regularly use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones at work are now in force. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Information)... Read full article

Court of Appeal: part-year workers should not have their holiday pay pro-rata

Holiday pay for staff who work irregular hours for part of the year should not be pro-rated, the Court of Appeal has ruled in Brazel v The Harper Trust (UNISON intervening) (2019) EWCA Civ 1402). It... Read full article
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Update: Covid-19 arrangements from 5 November 2020

Wards Solicitors remains very much open for business despite the new restrictions. We are still able to take on new cases.

However, we are no longer able to arrange face to face meetings with clients except in a very few individual and emergency cases. The doors to our offices are locked in accordance with government advice. We are however available for video call and telephone meetings.

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