The Rule of Law

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Our Senior Partner, Paul Scholey shares his opinion of The Rule of Law. More than a few dark clouds have been gathering on the legal horizon over recent months. I began to practise law over 33 years ago (and 1 or 2 colleagues think I am still practicing! – the old ones are the best).  I was always proud that, … Read More

Indirect Discrimination, Justification and ‘Cost Plus’

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Indirect discrimination tends to happen where a ‘barrier’ exists, so that people with a certain protected characteristic are disadvantaged.  An example: an Employer requires everyone to work full time; women – who tend to have the lion’s share of child care responsibilities – are more likely to be disadvantaged by this. Similarly, if pay relates to years of service, that … Read More

Peacocks and Jaeger Protective Award Claims

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Leading fashion chains Peacocks and Jaeger have gone into administration after owner Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group failed to find a buyer for both businesses. Peacocks and Jaeger Protective Award Claims The COVID-19 pandemic has been blamed for the collapse of the businesses after they suffered losses during the two national lockdowns. Despite efforts to find potential buyers for the businesses, … Read More

J.Crew Protective Award Claims

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High street fashion chain, J.Crew has announced it is permanently closing all 6 of its UK stores making 80 of its employees redundant. J.Crew Protective Award Claim After facing difficult trading climates, the US Clothing Retailer has appointed liquidators to its UK business, which has a head office in London, 6 shops located across the UK and employs approximately 80 … Read More

Costs in the Employment Tribunal

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In the civil courts, the general rule is that ‘costs follow the event’ meaning that the losing party will be responsible for paying the winning party’s legal costs. The Employment Tribunal works differently however and, in most cases, each party will pay their own costs. The reason for this is to avoid individuals being discouraged from bringing their claim due … Read More

Total Glass Ltd Protective Awards Claim

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Leading supplier of windows, doors and conservatories, Total Glass Ltd has gone into administration making the majority of its employees redundant. Total Glass Ltd Protective Award Claim The Merseyside based glazing firm suffered heavy losses and faced financial problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite efforts to recapitalise the business, it ceased trading at the end of September … Read More

Protective Award Claim for Specialist Leisure Group Limited

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On 22 May 2020, the Specialist Leisure Group Limited (“SLGL”) and its subsidiaries were placed into administration. These subsidiary companies included Shearings Limited and National Holidays Limited. Over 2,000 employees lost their jobs with immediate effect.   Specialist Leisure Group Limited (“SLGL”) Protective Award Claim  When a company proposes to make 20 or more employees redundant from a workplace in a 90-day period they have a duty to collectively consult … Read More

Making the Redundancy Process Fair

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Making the Redundancy Process Fair

The furlough scheme comes to an end on the 31st October 2020, leaving many struggling businesses with difficult decisions to make around redundancy. It’s vital employers make the redundancy process fair for those individuals involved. In this article, our Employment Law Solicitor, Amy Sadler explains how a solicitor can help a business facing the prospect of making employees redundant. Making … Read More

Former SSG Employees Receive Compensation

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A group of former employees of SSG UK Specialist Ambulance Service Limited have now been awarded compensation for failure to inform and consult about the loss of their jobs. The company went into administration due to serious financial problems in September 2019 and around 80 staff lost their jobs. Protective Award for Former SSG Employees Morrish Solicitors represented the group … Read More

New Employment Solicitor Appointed

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New Employment Solicitor Joins Our Team in Leeds Morrish Solicitors are pleased to have appointed Amy Sadler as an Employment Solicitor and the newest member of our Employment Department. Based in our ever-growing Leeds head office, Amy joined the team from Langleys Solicitors in York.  Amy studied Law at Lancaster University, which involved a year abroad in Prague studying International Law and obtained her degree in 2014. … Read More

Government Introduces New Job Support Scheme

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New Job Support Scheme to Replace Furlough The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the new Job Support Scheme will replace the current Furlough Scheme when it comes to an end on the 31st October 2020. Starting on the 1st November 2020, the new scheme will help to protect people’s jobs during the winter months and is part of a wider … Read More

Employees Guide to Settlement Agreements

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Employees Guide to Settlement Agreements | Morrish Solicitors

Employees Guide to Settlement Agreements in the UK If you’ve been offered a settlement agreement by your employer, you may be wondering what’s in it for you. These agreements can be very complex so, it’s important you seek professional advice because once you sign the agreement you have to abide by the terms. The Employment Law department at Morrish Solicitors … Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Redundancy

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What You Need to Know About Redundancy

If you are facing redundancy it’s extremely important you understand the process and know your employment rights. Redundancy can be a complex area of law and your employer must follow the correct procedures regardless of the circumstances. In this article, our specialist team in redundancy legal advice have produced a helpful guide with everything you need to know about redundancy. … Read More

Appointment of 3 New Trainee Solicitors

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Morrish Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of 3 new trainee solicitors, Holly Carter, Omar Ghaffoor and Jade Fairless. The training contracts will start in September 2020 and will be for 2 years, allowing the trainees to gain legal knowledge and experience across the board demonstrating the skills they’ve learnt whilst studying. Before joining the team in October 2017, … Read More

Brass employees get the compensation they deserve

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Employees of Brass Agency contacted us on the 8th December 2019 after the company went into administration and over 50 employees were left without a job. When employees have been made redundant without appropriate information or consultation, and there are 20 or more employees based at one establishment such as a workplace, they can make a claim to an Employment … Read More

COVID-19 – Temporary and Agency Employee Rights

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With the Government announcing more financial support for those unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are considering what support they are eligible for. But what support can temporary/agency employees get from the government if there’s limited work due to the economic impacts of Coronavirus? And what qualifies as an employment contract? Below we answer frequently asked … Read More

COVID-19 – SSP for ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ Employees

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The Government has issued new regulations relating to statutory sick pay so that employees who have been classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ by the NHS are now entitled to SSP if they are shielding. For the avoidance of doubt, this is the group of people who should have received a letter from their GP advising them to shield. Prior to … Read More

COVID-19 – Carrying over annual leave

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Carry-over of annual leave The Working Time Regulations have been amended to allow for carry-over of annual leave that has not been taken due to COVID-19. This rule only applies to the 4 weeks of statutory annual leave (or the worker’s pro-rata entitlement) that is derived from the EU Working Time Directive. It does not apply to the additional 1.6 … Read More

COVID-19 – Your employment rights – FAQs

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Self-Isolating and Sickness I have symptoms of COVID-19 and I am self-isolating – what should I be paid? If you’re self-isolating because you have symptoms of COVID-19, unless you can work from home, you will be “deemed incapable of work” for the prescribed period of isolation. If you’re not working, you will be entitled to SSP or company sick pay … Read More

Furlough leave – what are my rights?

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What is Furlough leave? On 20 March 2020, the chancellor announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Through the scheme the government commits to cover 80% of the wages of furloughed workers, up to £2,500 per month. A furloughed worker is someone who remains employed, but is not provided with work. The aim of the scheme is to ensure that employers … Read More

Going Viral…

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Given the ubiquity of news about the coronavirus, I have thought at least twice about whether to blog on the subject, but in the end I think it brings together so many current issues of law, social policy, media (social and mainstream) that it is impossible to resist. As an employment lawyer, I cannot help but be impressed by the … Read More

Do the self-employed have any protection from discrimination?

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This month our Employment Solicitor, Claire Pegg, looks at employment rights for self-employed individuals. Self-employed individuals do not benefit from the same employment rights that are afforded to employees and workers. In particular, they are not entitled to: • protection from being unfairly dismissed; • Statutory sick pay • Maternity, adoption, paternity or shared parental leave and pay • receive … Read More

An Employment case review with a festive touch

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As we have now officially entered the holiday period, I thought it apt to base the case review this month on two holiday claims! Just to add to the overall festive feeling of this month, the first two cases we are looking at originate from the home of Christmas, Finland! TSN v Hyvinvointialan liitto ry (C 609/17) and another case … Read More

Recent Employment cases that can be used in day-to-day practice

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November was a plentiful month for interesting cases and principles that can be used in day-to-day practice. So we thought we’d share snippets of as many as we think you can stand, rather than go into the detail. Redundancy and statutory trial periods East London NHS Foundation Trust v O’Connor examined the point at which a statutory trial period began … Read More

Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and ors – Court of Appeal overturned decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal

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In our recent blog we look at the Kostal appeal case on Trade Union inducements. Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and ors Sadly the Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in this case on unlawful inducements. S.145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRA”) says that an employer must … Read More

Women & Equalities Committee is ‘disappointed but not surprised’ to hear examples of large employers putting pressure on employees who pursue allegations of discrimination or harassment in new report.

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The Women & Equalities Committee (WEC) of the House of Commons has produced its report on The Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Discrimination Cases. Some strong words from the WEC: “We have been disappointed, but not surprised, to hear examples of large employers using the significant resources at their disposal to put considerable pressure on employees who pursue allegations of … Read More

Morrish Solicitors appoint a new Solicitor in the Employment team.

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We’re delighted to have appointed Nicola Williams as an Assistant Solicitor in the Employment department in February this year. Based in our ever expanding Leeds office, Nicola joins us from a reputable York law firm. Nicola attended Lancaster University and obtained a law degree in 2006.  She began her legal career in 2010 as a Paralegal in civil litigation and … Read More

Morrish Solicitors partner with Napo to offer members a dedicated service

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Morrish Solicitors is the new legal partner for Napo offering circa 8,000 members a bespoke legal service, including a dedicated helpdesk, offering support and advice on a variety of legal services. With offices across West Yorkshire, Morrish Solicitors is renowned for its partnerships with trade unions, working closely with the Transport Salaried Staffs’ association (TSSA) and Equity to name a … Read More

The Price of Justice

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It seems such a long time ago now that Claimants had to pay fees to bring their claims. It was 26 July 2017 that the fees regime was abolished as being unlawful.  We remember it well, here at Morrish Solicitors – the moment the email arrived confirming the Unison decision, our employment team erupted with a spontaneous cheer! The decision … Read More