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A contract must never be broken...

Chloe Pereira
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That sounds right, doesn’t it? If an employee agrees to certain terms in their employment contract, like giving notice if they want to leave, then they should stick to that. So what happens when they leave you in the lurch? Realistically, this is a...

Constructive dismissal - don't be in the dark

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our insight into Constructive Dismissal. Constructive dismissal is a legal concept which is quite commonly misunderstood and employers can put themselves at risk of such claims unknowingly. Changing an aspect of an employee’s role or...

Supporting World Mental Health Day

Stephen Gerring
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All young people deserve the best start in life but too often, young people with a mental health problem are not able to fulfil their potential. We know that our mental health and wellbeing are vital to our ability to thrive and achieve.  One in ten...

Bullying and Harassment

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Bullying and Harassment in Employment. Sticks and stones may break my bones... Whether you are ending this sentence in the style of Rhianna, or instead the classic school playground limerick might suggest a lot about your...

New family friendly rights in the pipeline

Melissa Nelson
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  Current position? Employees on maternity leave have the right to be prioritised over other employees who are at risk of redundancy if a suitable alternative vacancy is available. Parents on adoption leave have the same protection, as do parents on...

Is Positive Action the answer to improving workplace diversity?

Simon Tovey
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Click here for our Insight into Discrimination and Positive Action. Improving diversity in the workplace continues to be a hot topic for discussion in employment law.  Whether it concerns the proportion of women on Boards, the breakdown of MPs in...

There's nothing black and white about race discrimination

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Race Discrimination in Employment. It’s pretty obvious to us all that treating an employee or colleague badly because of their race will be unlawful discrimination – to be technical, that’s direct...

Is there a truce in sight for the battle of the sexes?

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Sex Discrimination in Employment. Equality between men and women is an age old battle, but one which has ramped up significantly in recent years when it comes to workplace rights. The #metoo movement prompted a huge...

Coping with Mental Health

Stephen Gerring
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So, you are faced with an employee that is struggling to cope and whilst you had noticed some performance issues you thought they would work it out themselves? Now they are unloading their personal issues, the recent divorce, the daughter self-harming, and...

Shareholder Agreements - the 'pre-nups' of the corporate world

Beth Barns-Graham
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Owning shares in a company is a big commitment. It’s further complicated when you add other people into the mix. It’s human nature to focus on the positives at the outset of a business relationship and in fact that will be the key to forging a...

Brexit Meltdown - is Freedom of Movement Ending?

Chloe Pereira
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With the Government moving the goalposts as often as our Summer comes and goes it can be difficult to work out what the current party line is when it comes to EU nationals in the UK come Brexit day. In January 2019 the Government published information which...

Is it still taboo to talk about it?

Stephen Gerring
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It's never easy telling someone about your mental health. It's never easy trying to explain the heavy feeling in your chest, the lack of motivation you have, the heavy head and whirlwind of sad thoughts constantly sitting in the back of your...

Billy and Johnny come out to play...with Asbestos?

Stephen Gerring
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The Department for Education has finally published its asbestos management assurance process report, based on an extensive survey of schools that launched well over a year ago. Of the 19,522 schools that participated in the survey, responses from 3,485...

Workplace discrimination and harassment: Our view on the latest report from the Women & Equalities Committee

Simon Tovey
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It feels like almost every week another report or consultation document emerges in relation to workplace discrimination and harassment.  On 30 July 2019 a report was published by the Women & Equalities Committee (“WEC”) on Enforcing the...

Holiday pay: one step forward, two steps back?

Amanda Brown
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Just when we thought that there might be a degree of certainty over the calculation of holiday pay, it seems it may be a case of one step forward and two steps back! The starting point To break it down, employees are entitled to a minimum of at least...

Q&A: Sponsoring employees from outside the EEA

Chloe Pereira
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Senior Employment Lawyer, Chloe Pereira has featured in the latest edition of South East Business answering one of the most asked questions when it comes to sponsoring employees.  For more information about our Immigration - Tier 2 (General)...

Public holidays and your legal obligations

Kevin Nolan
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Since the glorious Easter weekend we’ve received a number of queries regarding staff holiday and pay entitlement. With more bank and public holidays on the horizon, we wanted to share the answers to some of the most asked questions… 1....

Happy International Women's Day

Kirsty Budden
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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day - a time to reflect on the progress made in the movement for women’s rights and honour the achievements of women.  2019 also marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919,...

The 'B' Word

Chloe Pereira
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*Sigh* - when will we hear the end of it? You know… Brexit . Just the B word itself has developed this energy sapping property such that it’s become the unmentionable: “It Which Must Not Be Named”. I know I’m not the only one...

Are you potentially setup for a breach of GDPR post Brexit?

Kevin Nolan
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With Brexit looming closer and everyone still none the wiser on our proposed agreement with the EU, we discuss the potential GDPR implications in the event of the UK walking away with a no deal. In this scenario it has already been confirmed there will be...

Preparing for adverse weather

Kevin Nolan
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Train delays, roadworks, accidents on route - just some of the issues affecting our current journeys into work. Now with ‘Arctic blizzards’ on the horizon, there is yet more frustration to come for commuters (and their employers!) Recently, we...

Is your business protected against a data breach?

Kevin Nolan
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Many people rejoiced on May 25th thinking talk of GDPR was finally over. However, despite the EU’s regulation coming into force, many companies are still struggling to secure their data against an ever-growing range of threats. It’s...

Seasonal woes

Chloe Pereira
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You can spot patterns in most areas of life, and the world of work and employment issues are no different. Winter brings us ice, snow and travel chaos – can or can’t employees get to work? What happens if they don’t? What should company...

Why doing one fire risk assessment is not enough...

Stephen Gerring
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Regularly – that’s the term given to how often a fire risk assessment should be carried out, according to government guidelines.  However, it’s likely that many businesses will conduct an initial fire risk assessment and overlook...

GDPR: Consent is a key misconception

Kevin Nolan
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Kevin Nolan, Outset GDPR expert discusses key things businesses should be considering in preparation for GDPR.  We caught up with Outset GDPR expert, Kevin Nolan, and spoke with him about the key things businesses...

Do you have time? March 18 newsletter

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With April almost upon us, are you finding this year that you are plodding along, at a brisk pace or on a roller coaster? In this addition you'll find a quick test on time management, along with other news on past and future events that we hope you will...

Adverse weather/transport issues affecting ability to attend work

Darren Stevens
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With heavy snow expected this week, here’s an extract from our absence policy, if you don’t have a policy for your team on adverse weather. Where an employee is unable to get to work due to adverse weather and/or public or personal transport...

Watch: Youth unemployment and driving laws: Jonathan on business TV

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Jonathan was once again invited to discuss topical business issues with Kent Messenger Business Editor, Chris Price.  Watch the show here: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/chris-co-wednesday-18th-october-2017-8603/ ...

Employers can now be held Responsible for their Employees' Tax Evasion

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As of 30 September 2017 a new corporate offence was introduced which can result in employers facing liability if their employee is up to no good when it comes to tax. The offence is committed under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 if an employer fails to...

Dad wins sex discrimination case - shared parental pay

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Developments in the law of shared parental leave and pay in the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd. The recent Employment Tribunal case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd has brought to light an interesting development in...

Watch: Latest videos from our mental health event

Darren Stevens
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In early July 2017 we assembled an expert panel to discuss the implications of mental health in the workplace. This was an interesting topic for the audience, with a good level of questions and engagement.  We were delighted to have Sharon...

Gender Pay Gap: Are you boy or girl?

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The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) are creating enough of a headache for employers without stating the obvious. Unhelpfully, the Regulations do not define the terms ‘male’ and...

Apprenticeship Levy - what you need to know

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The Apprenticeship Levy (the Levy) is here, and the Government hopes that this will create 3 million new apprentices by 2020. With its implementation there are a number of questions that are being posed by employers about the Levy. Firstly let’s...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting - are you ready?

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting – are you ready? If your organisation has 250 or more employees, then you will be affected by the requirements of gender pay gap reporting.  At Outset we have already taken steps to help make this easier for...

National Apprenticeship Week

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We know employers have a view on the value of apprentices in their businesses, and last year we ran a seminar that gave Outset clients an early insight into the changes happening in 2017, including the Apprenticeship Levy. This week (6-10 March) is...

Every cake has its day: The Final - Chloe's The Apprentice Blog

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The Apprentice 2016 – Week 12 – The Final Every Cake has its Day Here is the final The Apprentice blog for Series 12 from Chloe Harrold, senior employment lawyer at Outset 12 weeks later and its The Apprentice final: Courtney Vs Alana,...

The Interviews - Chloe's The Apprentice Blog Week 12

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Each week  Chloe Harrold , a senior employment lawyer with  Outset , scrutinises the BBC series The apprentice, pulling out the HR blunders for your entertainment and education. Chloe’s blog is published on ...

Gin-tastic: Chloe's Apprentice Blog week 10

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This week we saw Trishna and Grainne getting carried away tasting gins, getting increasingly merry, while Frances called them NINETEEN times to try to find out the ingredients to put on the label she was designing. In the end the deadline was...

Week 9 of Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Virtual Reality

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director. It’s week 9 and the silliness continues. The teams are instructed to come up with a virtual...

An (Apprentice) Shark's Tale - Chloe's 'The Apprentice' blog week 8

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For the past 7 weeks Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, has been sharing her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director.  Here’s the latest edition. Just when I thought it couldn’t get...

Apprentice event: Informing employers

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Outset welcomed a packed audience of clients and guests to our  ‘Who will you hire? Employment law observations of the Apprentice ’ breakfast event on the 24 th  November. Senior employment lawyer,  Chloe Harrold , was...

The Big 'K': a HR disaster in waiting? Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - week 7

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So, it took 7 weeks but it’s finally happened – The Big K, K-Man, Karthik Nagesan was shown the door, and in a shock pre-final boardroom exit! He was hanging on by a mono-thread and it finally snapped….. Karthik’s performance as PM...

Treasure Hunt - week 6 of Chloe's 'The Apprentice' blog

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Six week’s in for series 12 of the BBC’s The Apprentice, and Outset senior employment lawyer Chloe Harrold is holding tight not to spill the beans.. It’s the task where the lowest prices will see the candidates victorious. The teams...

Crowdfunding - On yer bike! Chloe's The Apprentice blog - Week 5

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director. This week was painful to watch as it went from one cringe moment to another. Spelling mistakes,...

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog (week 4) - Taking Libertys: Nobody puts Karthik in a corner

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog by The HR Director. Grainne trod a thin line in employment law terms – pigeon-holing an employee based on a few examples...

More bitter than sweet in the boardroom - Chloe's blog week 3 - The Apprentice

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Each week Chloe Harrold (Senior Employment Lawyer at Outset) writes a blog scrutinising the BBC’s The Apprentice series for The HR Director, pulling out the HR blunders for your entertainment and education. Suck it and Sea  This week Lord Sugar...

Forever in blue jeans - The Apprentice - Chloe's blog week 2

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Chloe’s blog (published weekly on The HR Director) continues. Week 2 sees the candidates marketing a jean’s brand… Japanese Jeans The candidates start week 2 in über trendy East London and told they will be marketing jeans...

The Apprentice - Chloe's blog - series 12 / week1

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Out with the Old… Last year I wrote this blog as a light-hearted, alternative approach to examining HR and employment law issues. A few people were kind enough to read it, and even found it interesting, so here I am again. Each week I’ll...