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It’s time to talk about the menopause in work.

Here we discuss why employers and employees should have more open communication about this phase of life, and any legal issues that may arise if not handled correctly. More...

There have been all manner of problems surrounding travel this summer, with cancellations on British Airways flights and on train journeys in the Channel Tunnel. There is also the threat of Ryanair pilots striking over the next few weeks.

The big question for employers is how do these travel issues affect employees' rights regarding pay? What happens if your employees are caught up abroad and don’t come back to work until after their annual leave?

I am sure all companies have that certain employee who does not conform to what a company would class as appropriate work attire, but can you ask them to change their look or to wear certain items of clothing? More...

In July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that fees in the employment tribunal were unlawful. the reason being that they acted as a barrier to justice by acting as a deterrent to individuals who could not afford to bring claims against their employers.

The employment tribunal statistics for the quarter October to December 2018 found that there had been a 23% increase in claims being brought compared to the same period the year before. These increases have had a significant impact on both administrative and judicial resources meaning many employment tribunal claims can be delayed for up to 7 months.

As a result of the ruling, many more employers have found themselves having to deal with tribunal claims, some of which are frivolous. It seems that employees are more prepared than ever to bring claims and more aware of their rights now than they were before.

Tribunals can be costly, as well as take up a lot of precious management time. As a result, it is important that employers make sure staff policies are up to date and that management are trained to handle employee issues in the workplace. More...

Summer is coming, which means the six weeks school holidays and the annual two weeks away in the sun.  This also means that line managers are dealing with numerous requests for annual leave and they have the difficult task of trying to balance everyone’s request for leave and the needs to the business.

Ensure your summer runs as smoothly as possible by reading the below guidance from Bethan Southcombe, Head of Employment and HR Business Services here at Howells Solicitors. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
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  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes