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

Unite member compensated after suffering knee injury at work

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Unite member, Carole Gray, has secured compensation following an accident at work. Carole, who was employed as a Ward Receptionist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, injured her knee when she slipped on a pile of patient notes on the floor. Over the course of the week, Carole’s knee got badly swollen and she underwent an x-ray and MRI scan to investigate. … 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

Redundancy support offered to Multiyork employees

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We are offering assistance to ex-employees of Multiyork as a result of the organisation’s announcement on 23 November that it had entered into administration. 112 redundancies were confirmed yesterday at its Thetford head office as the company begins a winding-down process. Multiyork, the furniture maker, which employed 547 people in 50 shops and manufactures upholstered furnishings in Thetford, Norfolk, is … Read More

Have you got your digital assets in order?

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What are digital assets? Digital assets include e-mail accounts, online banking, online investments, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc.), online purchasing/selling accounts (e-Bay, Amazon etc.), data stored on Pc’s, tablets, laptops, mobile phones  and blogs just to name a few. Digital assets tend to have little value but some may have significant value or sentimental value. What would happen to … Read More

Joint Ownership

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More and more people are choosing to own property jointly, not just with partners, but also with siblings, parents or even friends.  It can seem like the perfect solution – pool your resources, making it much easier to raise an acceptable deposit. But buying a house with someone else is not always straightforward, even if that person is the one … Read More

Palmer and Harvey employees have additional rights

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Morrish Solicitors are offering assistance to ex-employees of Palmer and Harvey as a result of the organisation’s recent announcement that it has entered into administration. Palmer and Harvey, a major wholesaler in the UK, made 2,500 employees redundant with immediate effect when they called in the administrators yesterday. They are the UK’s fifth largest privately-owned firm, and delivered more than … Read More

Lizards, bats and workers’ rights

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This week’s House of Commons debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill illuminates the danger of the current government scrapping or watering down employment laws once we exit the EU. Post-exit, there will most likely be a degree of “cherry picking” of employment laws, with the government changing or scrapping many especially where doing so might be seen as “business-friendly” (TUPE … Read More

Pregnancy and unfair redundancies

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A new report by Maternity Action identifies the real difficulties mothers face at work, including the impact of unfair redundancies on pregnant women and new mothers and also ways in which the Government can address it. View the report. David Sorensen, partner, says: “this is such a well-known problem and one that the report’s recommendations could fix; extending the protection … Read More

Employment Rights Update – October 2017

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With Brexit edging ever closer, we thought we’d sneak in some European Court of Justice decisions for this month, whilst they are still relevant! Both decisions relate to the protection afforded to women from unfavourable treatment. Benkharbouche v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2017] UKSC 62 In this case, the ECJ considered whether a height requirement imposed … Read More

Unite member compensated following unfair dismissal

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An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of Unite member, Alan McIver, in his claim for unfair dismissal. Alan was employed as an Access Bus Driver for Yorkshire Tiger Limited. The access service was intended to provide a means of public transport to those who were otherwise restricted by reason of ill health or other infirmity from gaining access to … Read More

Mental Health at Work

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Sadly, I deal with many workplace disability discrimination cases and a high proportion of those involve mental health issues. In my experience, employers find it much more difficult to understand and manage mental health issues in the workplace, in contrast to other disabilities. I therefore welcomed Theresa May’s announcement in January this year that an independent review was to be … Read More

“March of the Mummies” – a Halloween protest to help working mothers

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Today, mummies of the non-ancient Egyptian kind march across the UK to highlight the dreadful treatment of pregnant workers and working mothers. More information can be found here. David Sorensen, partner, says “this demonstration helps to highlight how bad things are for many working mothers with every year tens of thousands commonly suffering discrimination at work owing to pregnancy, maternity … Read More