New National Minimum Wage Rates

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The New National Minimum Wage rates, which come into effect from 1 October 2011, have been published. The adult rate will increase from £5.93 to £6.08 an hour; The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase from £4.92 to £4.98 an hour; The rate for 16-17 year olds will increase from GBP 3.64 to GBP 3.68 an hour; The rate … Read More

Employment Law changes for April 2011

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Employment law is a hot topic with the new Government as they are stressing the importance of ‘maximum flexibility’ and ‘business-friendly’ employment laws. As a lawyer for employees and trade unions, these phrases always make my heart flutter as, in my experience, they often in reality mean removing employment rights from the workers who need them most. Much of the … Read More

National Minimum Wage Regulations published

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The National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 2010/1901, sees a rise in the principal rate of the national minimum wage from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour from 1 October this year. Other noteworthy changes include the age from which the principal rate becomes payable, which falls from 22 to 21. Also workers aged between 18 and 20 will have a rate rise … Read More

Top Ten tips for surviving redundancy

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Employment rights expert David Sorensen at Morrish Solicitors outlines the top 10 tips for surviving redundancy. REDUNDANCIES AND HOW TO SURVIVE THEM Sadly, a huge number of redundancies are expected over the next 12 months as the Government cuts begin to bite in the public sector, which will have a knock-on effect on the private sector. Recently extensive job losses … Read More

Constructive Criticism

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Leeds, England – One of Yorkshire\’s oldest law firms entered the world of ePublishing today with the release of a new eBook which is the first of a planned series of digital law guides. Morrish Solicitors of Leeds today published the first of their new series of Plain Language Law Guides, which was released through the independent online publishing giant, … Read More

Unions play a key role in improving safety in the workplace

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Against a background of Lord Young\’s review and the ongoing debate about Jackson, unions continue to campaign for fairness and decent health and safety standards at work. These are basic social needs necessary for stable industrial relations, growth and prosperity in any workplace. Employees have a fundamental right to go to work and come home unharmed. While this statement is … Read More

Employment Tribunals – Access to Justice for Workers

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Radio 4 today reported attacks by the CBI on the number of Tribunal cases, with employers allegedly forced to settle unmeritorious cases. The business lobby would say that, of course. The reality for working people is very different. Unless entitled to help from a Union, many employees will have to represent themselves at Tribunal – employers choose to enlist lawyers … Read More

Tribunal awards £21,000 to Club Steward

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A former working men\’s club steward who was unfairly dismissed by the club Committee has been awarded £21,770 by the Leeds Employment Tribunal. The Tribunal found that Stephen Heptinstall, 63, of Cleckheaton, had been unfairly dismissed by the Birstall Working Men\’s Club after he was dismissed by the Club\’s management Committee in November 2009 for minor matters which were several … Read More

Tribunal awards £21,000 to Club Steward

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A former working men\’s club steward who was unfairly dismissed by the club Committee has been awarded £21,770 by the Leeds Employment Tribunal. The Tribunal found that Stephen Heptinstall, 63, of Cleckheaton, had been unfairly dismissed by the Birstall Working Men\’s Club after he was dismissed by the Club\’s management Committee in November 2009 for minor matters which were several … Read More

Tribunal says First unlawfully deducted drivers pay

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Leeds, England 1 February 2011: The Sheffield Employment Tribunal last week found in favour of 31 long-serving bus drivers whose employer had failed to make an agreed ‘custom and practice’ Christmas period payment, where the company claimed there was no written agreement, in a case described as going “to the heart of trade union principles and why people join unions.” … Read More

Employment expert slams BA court decision

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Leeds, England – A leading employment rights lawyer has slammed yesterday\’s court decision blocking 20 days of planned strikes by BA cabin crew.   Paul Scholey, Partner at Morrish Solicitors and a leading employment rights expert in the region, criticised the decision saying \’for too long the strike ballot laws have served … to prevent Union members exercising their right … Read More

£16,000 for unfairly dismissed worker

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Leeds, England – Leeds Employment Tribunal awarded a construction worker over £16,000 compensation for unfair dismissal by CJ Ellmore & Co in May 2009. The Tribunal granted the application for loss of earnings, loss of pension, protective award, unpaid notice pay, unpaid holiday pay, future loss of earnings and loss of statutory rights. The worker, who had been with CJ … Read More

£16,000 for unfairly dismissed worker

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Leeds, England – Leeds Employment Tribunal awarded a construction worker over £16,000 compensation for unfair dismissal by CJ Ellmore & Co in May 2009. The Tribunal granted the application for loss of earnings, loss of pension, protective award, unpaid notice pay, unpaid holiday pay, future loss of earnings and loss of statutory rights. The worker, who had been with CJ … Read More

Tribunal rules wages not paid by company run by Keighley councillor

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A single mother is battling to get more than £3,000 in compensation awarded to her against an accountancy firm run by a Bradford councillor. Justine Bentley worked for Keighley West Conservative Councillor Robert Payne\’s company ARL Enterprises (Europe) Ltd more than a year ago as an assistant. Miss Bentley, 39, of Clifton, Brighouse, took the firm, based at Coun Payne\’s … Read More

NASS give stable staff a voice, says Sorensen

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A major national trade union for the horse-racing industry has become a stronger voice in racing’s future, according to a key adviser to the trade union speaking today. David Sorensen, Partner at Morrish Solicitors, said today that the National Association of Stable Staff (NASS) has completed its first year affiliated to the Trade Union Congress and will continue to grow … Read More

Tribunal finds worker on sick leave may carry over holiday into next leave year

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In Shah v First West Yorkshire Ltd an employment tribunal has held that the Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in accordance with the European Court of Justice\’s decision in Pereda v Madrid Movilidad SA (Brief 887) to allow annual leave ruined by sickness to be retaken in the following leave year. Thus, the employer\’s refusal to allow S … Read More

Dragon\’s Den firm to repay worker

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A firm that had featured on Dragon\’s Den was found to have illegally deducted wages by the Leeds Employment Tribunal last month and was ordered to repay an employee £940.  Igloo Thermo-Logistics, which had appeared on BBC 2\’s hit show \”Dragon\’s Den\” and received £160K from two of the investors, was instructed by Judge Whittaker to repay Dennis Storrer of … Read More

TiD pays for non-payment to Unite member

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Leeds, England – A builder who reneged on paying unfair dismissal compensation to an apprentice plumber has been directed by Leeds Employment Tribunal to now pay the trainee four times the original amount. In 2007 Oliver Whiteley, 18, of Tadcaster, was employed by TiD Services as an Apprentice Plumber to train with Michael Alfonso Tyrell, a partner in the firm.  … Read More

Redundancy pay limit rises £380 on 1 October

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The Government has confirmed an increase in the weekly limit used to calculate statutory redundancy pay from £350 to £380. This takes effect on 1 October 2009.  The Government has further confirmed the limit will not rise again in February 2010, remaining at £380 until February 2011. The one-off increase, as announced in the 2009 Budget, intends to provide a … Read More

Employees are vulnerable, argues Morrish Solicitor

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13 September 2009 – A leading Leeds-based trade union lawyer today said that employees are vulnerable and always will be, and that union membership guarantees equal access to justice. Martin Bare of Morrish Solicitors, commenting on an editorial in The Times which accused trade unions of lacking imagination in response to their decline, said that the protection of employees, enshrined … Read More

Redundancy pay limit rises £380 on 1 October

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The Government has confirmed an increase in the weekly limit used to calculate statutory redundancy pay from £350 to £380. This takes effect on 1 October 2009.  The Government has further confirmed the limit will not rise again in February 2010, remaining at £380 until February 2011. The one-off increase, as announced in the 2009 Budget, intends to provide a … Read More

Redundancy pay increase

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In the 2009 Budget the Government announced that the limit for statutory redundancy pay would increase from £350 to £380. The increase takes effect from 1st October 2009. This means that anyone made redundant after that date will receive a maximum of £380 for each year of service (although those who are 41 and over  receive an extra ½ weeks … Read More

Employment rights update – October 2012

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In this month’s employment rights update we take a look at holiday pay, injury to feelings, the territorial scope of Union recognition and have some good news about appointments at our firm. To view the October’s employment rights newsletter, click here.