Employment Update: Hot potatoes and crystallised rights

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Hot potatoes and crystallised rights. What are we talking about? You might think the June hot weather has really got to us this month but our ‘hot potato’ is illegally obtained information in the context of trade union activities and our ‘crystallised rights’ relate to comparators in equal pay claims. Morris v Metrolink RATP Dev (Court of Appeal) Mr Morris … Read More

“The incapacity crisis: a nation unprepared”

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Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) launch a campaign this week which aims to raise awareness of health and welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). SFE have built a report with think-tank Centre for Future Studies (CFS) which highlights the issues surrounding the lack of planning for mental incapacity and, backed by the evidence, demonstrates a looming incapacity crisis. Incapacity is … Read More

New vacancy – Personal Injury Legal Assistant

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An opportunity has arisen for a Legal Assistant to join our personal injury team in our Leeds Head Office. The role will entail working 1-1 with a Partner/Solicitor undertaking PI and general litigation work as part of a busy team. Duties include undertaking MOJ Portal claims and assisting as required with the Partner’s/Solicitor’s caseload.  Work will be a variety of … Read More

Leeds solicitors walking challenge helps support children’s cancer charity

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Staff from Leeds-based firm Morrish Solicitors recently boosted their fundraising efforts for children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters, by completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. Morrish are almost half way through a 2 year partnership which will see them raise money for this Yorkshire wide charity. As well as completing the 3 Peaks Walk the firm have also held regular dress down … Read More

New vacancy – Employment Legal Assistant

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An opportunity has arisen for a Legal Assistant to join our leading employment team in Leeds City Centre. We are looking for a driven committed individual who has an interest in working with a wide range of clients, has empathy with the trade union and wider labour movement and supporting the development of the employment department. You should have basic … Read More

Why should I use a Solicitor?

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The ageing population means that there is a large and increasing market for legal services for elderly people.  Services in which elderly people are often interested are:- Wills Powers of Attorney Concerns about costs of residential/nursing care Equity Release Advice regarding dementia/mental incapacity Individuals are free to obtain legal advice from wherever they choose.   The advice could be from a … Read More

EFWU celebrate a year with Morrish Solicitors

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Equality for Workers Union (EFWU) is delighted to have been working with Morrish Solicitors over the past year, offering their members a free legal advice, a no win, no fee personal injury service, employment representation and discounted legal services. We believe that it is essential and important to offer a full legal service to the EFWU membership – in order … Read More

New dress code and sex discrimination guidance released

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The Government Equalities Office has released new guidance for employers on workplace dress codes. This comes after recommendations from the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee and the Petitions Committee. Gender Specific Dress Codes The guidance also considers employees who wear religious symbols. It states that “employers should be flexible” when setting their dress codes so as not to prohibit … Read More

Introducing our new GDPR policies

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Today we introduce our revised Data Protection Policy, which is GDPR compliant. Please click here, to view our up-to-date Privacy Standard. In addition, every client should read our new Privacy Notice.

Slavery in the UK Report

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The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has published a new report (http://www.gla.gov.uk/whats-new/latest-press-releases/slavery-and-exploitation-laid-bare-in-new-glaa-report-5518/) updating their original 2016 report that looks at the risks, threats and general trends identified during 2017 and forward into 2018. Key findings include: Victims of exploitation are most commonly Vietnamese, Albanian and British with British victims increasing by 362%. Forced labour accounts for approximately 30% of … Read More

Director of Labour Market Enforcement announces measures to help tackle worker exploitation

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The Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement, David Metcalf (appointed in January 2017 to oversee the strategic priorities for the government’s three enforcement agencies, HMRC’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) enforcement team, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS)) has made 37 recommendations. They include: Holiday pay enforcement: Evidence presented to the Director during … Read More

Yorkshire 3 Peaks – we did it!

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Well we did it! What an absolutely amazing experience. It was extremely tough, but the team finished all 3 Peaks. Despite all of the aching limbs and sunburn, it was worth it to raise so much money for Candlelighters. Thank you to all of our supporters. You really have made a difference! Well done Claire Weldon, Carol Evans, Sue Poole, Noelle Heath, James … Read More

Sexual Harassment at Work – How to Start Fixing the Problem

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Last year, a BBC survey revealed that half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work. And with momentum generated by the #MeToo campaign, sexual harassment has been in the spotlight in recent months. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has now published its new report, on 27 March 2018. The report shares evidence … Read More

Disability Employment Gap

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The gender pay gap has been hitting the headlines recently but what about the disability employment gap? Under the Equality Act 2010 a disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [one’s] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” The disability employment gap is the difference between employment rates of … Read More

Employment Tribunal statistics

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On 8 March 2018 the Ministry of Justice published the Provisional Tribunals and Gender Recognition Statistics for the quarterly period from October to December 2017. The statistics within this report are compared to the same quarter for the previous year. The report focuses on the three largest tribunals. The Employment Tribunal’s cases represent about a third of the total and … Read More

Pensions and Divorce: Women are missing out on £5 billion every year

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Women going through divorce could be missing out on up to £5 billion every year because they don’t discuss pensions when dividing up the assets of the marriage. Pensions are often the second largest matrimonial asset after the matrimonial home. Whilst the ability to share in a spouse’s pension has been available to divorcing couples for nearly 20 years, all … Read More

Congratulations to the British Grooms Association on industry recognition

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We would like to congratulate our client, the British Grooms Association, on being crowned finalist of the prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award 2018, at the 2018 National Equine Forum (NEF). The BGA was shortlisted for the award for its contribution to the equestrian industry and singlehandedly raising the awareness of the importance of legal and good employment practices in the equestrian industry. … Read More

Did snow cause problems at work?

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With the recent snowfall and subsequent workplace closures, many people may face deductions to their pay for non-attendance. The following is a general question and answer to provide some guidance on what you should do if you feel amounts have been unfairly deducted from your pay. The following is for general information only and is not a substitute for taking … Read More

What is the Court of Protection?

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The Court of Protection (CoP) appoints people to make decisions for those who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves and resolves disputes about decisions for such people. If the person who lacks capacity has not made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and they have lost capacity, it is likely that someone … Read More

The new General Data Protection Regulations and what they mean for the individual

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The new General Data Protection Regulations come into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing all existing national data protection laws in the UK. The new regime will see a shake-up in privacy rules and data protection regulation with the new laws set to introduce a number of measures that will tighten up the need for an individual’s consent for their … Read More

Morrish Solicitors Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – 5th May

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12 members of the Morrish team are going to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire on 5th May to raise funds for Candlelighters.   The walk is approximately 23 miles in length with an elevation gain of over 1000m, tackling Whernside 736m, Ingleborough 724m and Pen-y-Ghent 694m. We’re aiming to complete this challenging trip in 12 hours, so we best get … Read More

Support for those affected by the collapse of The Will Writing Company Limited

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Due to the recent liquidation of The Will Writing Company Limited (part of the Estate Planning Group), who were based in Ruddington Nottingham, Morrish Solicitors are pleased to offer a fully inclusive and comparable service for all of your wills and estate planning requirements. We are accredited by Lexcel (The Law Society’s practice management standard) and are members of Solicitors for … Read More

Russell Hume employees have additional rights to be compensated

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Morrish Solicitors are offering assistance to ex-employees of Russell Hume as a result of the organisation’s announcement today that it had entered into administration. Derby-headquartered meat supplier Russell Hume operates from six production sites in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Boroughbridge, Exeter and Fife and supplied meat to hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK. Sadly, 266 staff have been made redundant … Read More

Carillion ‘ruined my life’- The secret blacklisting war with union activist

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The UK’s second-largest construction company, employing around 20,000 people in the UK, buckled under the weight of a whopping £1.5bn debt pile. Dave Smith, a successful Engineer who had the pick of engineering jobs throughout London, was employed by Carillion.  In 1998 he was driving a 4 x 4 vehicle but by 2000 he could not even get a job … Read More

The Fawcett Society proposals to improve sex discrimination protection and gender equality

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The Fawcett Society has published a useful ‘Sex Discrimination Law Review’, which examines whether sex discrimination law in the UK is actually fit for purpose. It remains to be seen whether the proposals are implemented. However, it does highlight that a large number of pregnant women and working mothers are made redundant or are pressured to leave their jobs each … Read More