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Christmas is the season of goodwill, so it is never nice to leave someone out of social events. However, in one recent case, forgetting to invite an employee who was on maternity leave ended up costing a company dearly. Read about the case below and discover how you can avoid a similar situation. More...

Christmas cheer was somewhat lacking at Debenhams stores across the country on 1st December 2020 when it was signalled by its administrators that one of the UK’s most well-known high street department stores would enter liquidation. More...

Our recent employment law webinar was virtually attended by individuals, business owners and HR managers keen to learn more about preparing for a case management hearing in advance of an employment tribunal.

Delivering the free webinar via Zoom, Gemma Bailey, Head of Employment Litigation and Disputes, and her colleague, Nayo Kirkpatrick, Associate, prepared a 45 minute presentation to provide the attendees with clear information on how to plan, collate and present the information they will require when preparing to represent themselves at a case management hearing. More...

Christmas 2020 is upon us; however, the festive season is going to look slightly different this year because of the pandemic. It has been a difficult year for many with, unfortunately, the pandemic lasting longer than many of us thought, and it is likely to continue until April 2021.

For many employees and employers, it is evident that the annual Christmas party will not be taking place. Thousands of Christmas parties have already been cancelled and the government’s message to ‘work from home, if you can’ is a constant reminder that the second-wave of Coronavirus is not over.

For some employers, it might be a sigh of relief, but for many, they will see the festive season as an extremely important time to offer reward and recognition to their workers.

This article sets out alternative options to the Christmas party and a reminder that, if any celebrations go ahead, the employer must ensure they abide by the Covid-19 restrictions. More...

As a result of the pandemic, employers have had to face a number of challenges they have never seen before. Although restrictions have eased in certain parts of the UK, some parts have been subjected to local lockdowns, firebreaks and tier systems.

This means that it is extremely important for businesses to enforce the appropriate health and safety procedures imposed by the government. If they do not, some workers may decide the appropriate action is to make a ‘protected disclosure’. It is expected that there will be an increase in whistleblowing claims because of the pandemic.

In this article, we explain what whistleblowing is, and how disclosures should be dealt with. 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 (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com