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Knowing what you should disclose to an employer can sometimes be confusing, but what happens if an employee does not inform their employer about their disability until the appeal hearing against dismissal?  

In the recent case of Baldeh v Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District Ltd [2019], this issue was discussed. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that when considering a claim of dismissal because of discrimination arising from disability, it is necessary to consider whether the employer had actual or constructive knowledge of the employee’s disability at the time of the appeal against dismissal, not just at the time the decision was taken to dismiss.  More...

You have a settlement agreement handed to you and you’re told that you need to get independent legal advice. It’s all quite amicable, but this has never happened to you before and you have never even met an employment solicitor, let alone had to instruct one! You are not alone. Every day, people in your situation call us. 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...

Saturday 13th April 2019 is International Kissing Day. The purpose of this day is to encourage everyone to appreciate the importance of a kiss and to spread the love.

While that all sounds lovely, as a business, do you have a policy on workplace relationships? 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:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes