Are unfair references lawful?

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It is possible for a reference to be unfair and yet lawful? The Court of Appeal thinks so. In Jackson v Liverpool City Council, the claimant left the youth offending team to join Sefton Borough Council. While at Sefton he applied for a position with their youth offending team. He did not get the job and it was found that … Read More

New Employment Rights Blog update

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Government’s ‘business-friendly’ approach really means: weakening workers’ rights and making it harder for an average person to get justice against an employer which acts unlawfully or unfairly. http://morrishsolicitors.blogspot.com

Work deaths increase show safety rot says union lawyer

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A leading trade union lawyer today condemned the Health and Safety Executive’s report that there has been a fall in workplace accidents, saying the fall is merely in reporting of accidents. Jamie Hanley, partner at trade union law firm Morrish Solicitors said the HSE’s statistics, which show a 16% increase in workplace deaths coupled with a decrease in the number … Read More

Morrish secures 90-day Protective Award for TSSA members and other redundant Catalis employees

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Morrish Solicitors has secured a 90-day Protective Award for TSSA members and other employees made redundant by Catalis on or before 2 July 2010. Nottingham Employment Tribunal found that the health and safety training provider, which is now in administration, had failed to consult with employees before making them redundant from the company’s Derby centre. Anna Power, solicitor for the … Read More

ALMO race discrimination case puts council in the dock

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By Rhiannon Bury of Inside Housing, 17 June 2011: An arm’s-length management organisation employee has told an employment tribunal that he faced repeated racial discrimination from colleagues over a seven-year period, between 2003 and 2010, in a landmark legal case. Michael Woodhouse, a planning officer at West North West Homes, is pursuing a case against Leeds Council, claiming he was … Read More

Ayodele v Compass Group EAT

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In the case of Ayodele v Compass Group, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employee’s request to remain in employment after the age of 65 must be considered ‘in good faith’ and an employer cannot rely on a blanket policy of requiring employees to retire at the age of 65; even if such a policy is in place … Read More

New Blog Update

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Read in our latest Wills and Elderly Client Services blog, Lifelaw post, Chief Ombudsman Adam Sampson calls for action to be taken to protect the vulnerable who are being ‘ripped off’ by unregulated will writers. Text reprinted with kind permission of the BBC website.

Morrish Employment Team advises over 250 in mass redundancy case

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The employment rights team at Morrish Solicitors last month advised over 250 employees on the terms of their compromise agreements from a major employer effecting a mass redundancy. Many remain unaware that compromise agreements are only effective if the employee has access to independent legal advice before they sign it. When offering compromise agreements to those facing redundancy, employers are … 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

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

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

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

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