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Our Employment Law specialists are dedicated to supporting you with plain-speaking legal advice, tailored to your individual situation. 

Your job might be the reason you get up in the morning or it might be the reason you can have fun at the weekends. Either way, it is important to you and when things go wrong at work, it can be stressful, exhausting and bewildering.

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    Some bumps in the road – a further analysis of the four-day working week

    June 2022 marked the start of a four-day working week pilot which was conducted by non-for-profit organisation, 4 Day Week Global. As explained within our previous article, the scheme pays particular focus on how well the ‘100:80:100’ business model works and the...

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    The Bank Holiday for Her Majesty the Queen’s State Funeral

    Over the weekend, King Charles III confirmed that the Queen’s state funeral would be a national bank holiday. The government subsequently confirmed that the funeral shall be held on Monday 19 September at 11:00am. However, the government guidance on the bank holiday...

    Pros and Cons of the Scale-up Visa

    The scale-up worker visa route opened on 22 August 2022. It allows workers to come to the UK to work for an eligible job for a fast-growing UK business, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. The Home Office has opened this route to attract top talent to the UK, and...

    “Fanciful” doctor’s victory in unfair dismissal claim

    The handling of whistleblowing complaints by employers has been highlighted in the recent case of Mr Kumar and the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”). Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Shyam Kumar, has won his unfair dismissal claim against the CQC as a consequence of the concerns...

    All in a Day’s Work: Employment Contracts in a Nutshell

    This month’s episode provides an overview of Employment Contracts. We will be discussing employment contracts, including what you need to include in them by law, what the common pitfalls are for employers and when can something become a contractual right despite...

    What happens to the earnings received by an employee when they have lied about their qualifications?

    In the case of R v Andrewes [2022] UKSC 24, Mr Andrewes was appointed into a CEO position, after falsely claiming he had the appropriate qualifications and relevant experience. This included stating that he had a PhD. He was appointed in December 2004 and remained in...

    Whistleblowing – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    The Court of Appeal in the recent decision of Kong v Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd has upheld a decision that a whistleblower who was dismissed after she made a “protected disclosure” was not automatically unfairly dismissed. This was on the basis that the reason...

    Employment status for tax purposes and employment rights won’t be aligned, Government confirms

    The Government has published its response to an earlier consultation on employment status and employment status for tax purposes and has released new guidance on determining employment status, and the rights and protections that come with it. The response concludes...

    All in a Day’s Work: Holiday and Annual Leave

    This month's episode covers holiday and annual leave. We will provide an overview of all things related to holiday and annual leave, including what employees are entitled to as a statutory minimum, whether holiday can be carried over into the next holiday year and...

    Herrington Carmichael LLP's employment team is praised by clients as 'exceptional'. Alistair McArthur leads the practice, working on a range of employment law matters, with particular emphasis on enforcing post-termination obligations and TUPE. In February 2020, Darren Smith joined the firm from Boyes Turner; Smith acts for a number of prestigious leisure and hospitality sector clients and also strengthens the teams offering in complex discrimination cases.

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