Morrish Solicitors win compensation for ex-Bezier Ltd employees

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Morrish Solicitors have won Protective Awards for 184 former employees of Bezier Ltd, the Wakefield-based printing firm, who entered Administration in February 2013. The 184 employees that Morrish Solicitors represented had worked in Leeds and Wakefield.  At a Hearing on 6th December 2013 the Leeds Employment Tribunal agreed that Bezier Limited had completely failed in their statutory duty to consult … Read More

Been unfairly dismissed or know someone that has?

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What is unfair dismissal? Unfair dismissal is a statutory right available to employees who believe they have been dismissed unfairly or unreasonably by their employer. Employees must have completed two years’ service before they are able to bring an unfair dismissal claim. There are, however, some dismissals which are deemed to be “automatically unfair”.  These cases have no qualifying period. … Read More

New employment rights blog – Christmas comes early for the CBI and the payday loan companies?

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This time two years ago, the Confederation of British Industry cheered on the government’s proposals to bring in fees for using Employment Tribunals whilst arguing that this would only weed out “more of the weak and vexatious claims” and “shouldn’t be a barrier to justice”. View our full employment rights legal blog. If you would like further information or have … Read More

Facebook and employment

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The use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites has significantly increased over the past few years. By September 2012 there were 1 billion registered Facebook profiles and 500 million people used Twitter, with 340 million ‘tweets’ per day. The widespread use of social media has led to issues for employees and their employers. Once users are registered on … Read More

Over a third of tribunal awards still going unpaid

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BIS has published the Payment of tribunal awards: 2013 study, following research between May and June 2013 into whether awards were paid, reasons for non-payment and the effect of enforcement action. The majority of successful claims were for unpaid wages and breach of contract brought against small private sector employers (under 50 staff). The average award was £2,600. 49% of … Read More

New blog – Employment Tribunal statistics

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In this month’s blog we focus on the recent report from the Ministry of Justice, published on 18thOctober 2013, into the number of claims that Employment Tribunals received between January and September 2013. This report makes interesting reading as it covers the period in which the controversial Employment Tribunal fee system was introduced, with effect from 29thJuly 2013.  It therefore … Read More

MoJ publishes ET receipt claims statistics report

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On 18 October 2013 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a statistics report that included the number of receipts for claims that Employment Tribunals (ETs) had received between January and September 2013. Between January and May 2013 an average of 17,000 receipts were received by the ETs each month. 25,000 receipts were received in June 2013; 17,000 receipts were received … Read More

New ACAS Chair

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Sir Brendan Barber has been announced as the new Chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Council. Sir Brendan is currently a member of the Board of Transport for London and a member of the Council of City University London, graduating with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1974. His career has been almost exclusively within the TUC … Read More

How to know if you’ve been blacklisted & what you can do

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In 2009 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) raided the premises of the Consulting Association. They discovered a blacklist with over 3,200 construction workers names on which had been accessed by over 40 firms. Earlier this year, an electrician was reinstated at the Crossrail project after bringing a claim in the employment tribunal for, amongst other complaints, blacklisting. Unfortunately blacklisting is … Read More

How to know if you’ve been blacklisted & what you can do

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In 2009 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) raided the premises of the Consulting Association. They discovered a blacklist with over 3,200 construction workers names on which had been accessed by over 40 firms. Earlier this year, an electrician was reinstated at the Crossrail project after bringing a claim in the employment tribunal for, amongst other complaints, blacklisting. Unfortunately blacklisting is … Read More

Employment Tribunals compensation 2012-2013

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The Government has now published statistics for the amount of compensation awarded by Employment Tribunals in the financial year April 2012 to March 2013. Below is a table containing the mean and median figures for these compensation awards and it also contains the figures for the previous April 2012 to March 2012 financial year for comparison.     2011/2012   … Read More

Government to consult on zero-hours contracts and ask LPC to consider raising the NMW faster

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Zero Hour contracts (ZHC) The consultation will focus on tackling any abuses found in the system and making sure employees get a fair deal. The four main areas of concern are; exclusivity clauses (clauses allowing work only for one company with no set hours) lack of transparency (no legal definition of ZHC) uncertainty of earnings (dependant on hours worked with … Read More

TUPE Update

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On 5 September 2013 the Government published its response to its consultation on Reform of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) [“TUPE”] Regulations 2006. New TUPE Regulations are intended to be laid before parliament in December 2013. It is said they will include transitional and savings provisions providing employers with time to adapt to these changes. The amendments that … Read More

Employment rights legal update – August 2013

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This months employment rights update includes a reminder of the implementation of the new rules about Employee Shareholder status and picks out two interesting holiday pay cases of practical importance. View the full employment rights legal update. For further information, contact our employment rights team.

New employment rights blog – employee shareholders

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From 1st September new rules are in force to permit the establishment of a novel category of employee: “the Employee Shareholder”. I read today in one on-line piece that these new contracts will bring new talent flooding into the UK, as entrepreneurial employees the world over rush to take advantage of a scheme that robs them of their essential employment … Read More

Warning over hidden costs as stress takes toll in era of cuts

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Great piece in Yorkshire Post about how job cuts in the public sector are having a negative impact on those staff left behind. David Sorensen, Employment Partner at Morrish Solicitors comments: “There’s been a great number of job cuts in the public sector, which have had a negative impact on those left behind with increased individual workloads, heightened fears of … Read More

New employment rights blog – an extraordinary day in the life of an Employment Lawyer

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We blogged last month about the legal changes that were expected, but now they have arrived. The 29thJuly has brought change –fundamental change. It has also brought with it… mayhem! Last Monday, for the first time ever, Claimants now have to pay a fee to lodge their claim. A Claimant will pay £160 for a“type A” claim and £250 for … Read More

Employment Law Changes: The Facts

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With effect from Monday 29th July 2013, the employment law and Employment Tribunal (ET) landscape will drastically change:- 1. Employment Tribunal fees – the free to use ET system will be gone; 2. An Unfair Dismissal cap of one year’s gross pay (capped at £74,200) will be implemented; 3. Compromise Agreements will become Settlement Agreements, and a new statutory code … Read More

New employment rights blog – Health & Safety & The Boer War

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The recently enacted Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act contains a number of disturbing provisions, including proposals in relation to share incentives for employees who are prepared to sign away their employment rights. But hidden away in there, and most disturbing of all perhaps, was Clause 61, a last minute amendment that snuck into the Bill under the auspices of the … Read More

New employment rights blog – Health & Safety & The Boer War

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The recently enacted Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act contains a number of disturbing provisions, including proposals in relation to share incentives for employees who are prepared to sign away their employment rights. But hidden away in there, and most disturbing of all perhaps, was Clause 61, a last minute amendment that snuck into the Bill under the auspices of the … Read More

Equal pay campaign for Network Rail employees

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Morrish Solicitors  are currently working with TSSA (the union for people in transport and travel) on a campaign to try and combat large pay differences between men and women undertaking the same jobs at Network Rail and have recently commenced employment tribunal cases for a number of the members on TSSA’s behalf. We are currently in discussions with Network Rail … Read More

New employment rights blog – ‘More Redundancies – Less Time’; the reduction in the period for collective consultation

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Perhaps one of the most draconian of the 2013 changes to employment law is the reduction in the period for consultation, effective from 6th April 2013, when an employer proposes to make large-scale redundancies. As we have seen in the news in recent months, the downturn in the economy has hit even established businesses hard and we have read how … Read More