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What we want from Congress

Posted: 19th January 2022

At our branch meeting last night we debated and passed nine motions for Congress. There were over 20 people present at the meeting and it makes me wonder how more could be carried at a meeting where these motions could be debated and voted upon. Our meeting was exceptionally well chaired, and people were very…

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Non-compete

Posted: 5th January 2022

On occasion we see employment contracts including post termination non-compete clauses. There is a single body of law covering ranges of seniority, responsibility and budget. Morally constraints that may be seen as reasonable for Board members or senior high value salespeople are not so suitable for more junior staff even those with high personal customer…

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If my employer goes bust

Posted: 30th November 2021

Will I get what I am owed if my company goes under? The order in which an insolvent company’s assets is distributed is as follows, fixed charge lenders i.e. mortgage loans, liquidators expenses and fees, then preferred creditors (such as employees and HMRC. These are followed by various classes of other creditor in order…

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Minimum Notice

Posted: 16th November 2021

There is a law that guarantees a minimum notice. Employees with continuous employment of at least one month but less than two years are entitled to at least one week’s notice from the employer. Employees with two years’ continuous employment or more are entitled to one week’s notice for each complete year, up to a…

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Less money for working from home?

Posted: 12th August 2021

As some companies work out how to re-establish their working patterns after the pandemic and let’s hope the new regulations are both effective in public health terms, and will not need to be reversed. Some employers are looking to reduce wages amongst their staff who opt to continue to work from home.  This must be…

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Implications of unlockdown 4½

Posted: 9th July 2021

The FT are running a story (£) on the impact of the Govts proposed unlockdown measures. It is subtitled, “Ministers prepare to give companies greater discretion over Covid-secure arrangements “. While measures on sharing pens might easily be repealed, our experience is that small employers are not equipped and have little appetite to engage…

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Congress 2021

Posted: 16th June 2021

Our branch president, Dave Levy, presented a report to yesterday’s branch meeting on Congress. The branch for the second time in five years was not represented and this report was put together by talking to people who were present.

As reported Barbara Plant was re-elected as President.

The branch sent three motions, which was…

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Congratulations to Gary & Barbara

Posted: 7th June 2021

The results of the General Secretary and Treasurer election were posted last week. Our branch adds its congratulations to the others received by Gary Smith, the winner, and our commiserations to Rehana Azam and Giovanna Holt. Barbara Plant was also re-elected as President of the Union at Congress yesterday. Congratulations also to Barbara.

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Because they asked

Posted: 17th May 2021

I occasionally have to represent people fired after a 3rd party client complaint. This is highly suspect and is likely to be an unfair dismissal. There is quite a lot of case law. Of course, legal enforcement of employment rights is retrospective and only available to those with two years employment longevity, but during the…

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