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As part of the Health and Social Care team, I ensure that businesses apply employment law fairly and correctly, but in a way that enables them to grow and prosper.

I know the sector inside out, and work with care providers, vets and dentists to navigate the impact of employment law when they sell or acquire a business. While at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, I’ve acted on a number of complex cases, including defending unfair dismissal and discrimination claims against NHS Trusts, and mass equal pay litigation for a local government employer.

No matter how intricate the legal issue, I make sure that I keep things as simple as possible for my clients, using jargon-free language and applying my advice directly to their business. I also keep clients informed of changes that impact on their employment practices through relevant seminars and sector publications.

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Be honest about your motivations – I’ll help you to get the outcomes you want in accordance with the law.

It’s easy for issues to snowball into something bigger and costlier, so get advice as early as possible to avoid the avalanche.

No matter what the agreement, get it in writing! This includes contractual arrangements and any other agreements with your staff.

Do I need to pay my care staff National Minimum Wage for every hour they work for me, including when they’re asleep?

This is one of the most controversial areas in the care sector, and the question of whether sleep-in shifts amount to working time is currently subject to review by the Employment Tribunal system and HMRC. This is a rapidly developing area of law, but one we’re continually monitoring, so we’ll keep you informed of any changes.

Do I need to comply with TUPE legislation when I am buying or selling a business?

TUPE – the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – applies to transactions where assets are being moved from one undertaking to another including many business sales. So, it’s essential to take advice about your requirements and when employees need to be told so that you meet your obligations and avoid risk of Employment Tribunal claims.

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Video: Key considerations for veterinary practices re-emerging from the Covid-19 lockdown

In this video Stephenie Malone considers what veterinary practices should be thinking about in order to…

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Video: Leaving lockdown post Covid-19: staffing considerations for care providers

In this video Stephenie Malone discusses the key staffing considerations for care providers post lockdown.…

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Key considerations for Social Care Providers: Can you claim from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Following the launch of the portal for applications under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)…

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Key considerations for early years education providers: what can you claim from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

With the opening of the portal for applications under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)…

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Promotions at all levels as HCR rewards talent

Recognising talent at all levels of the firm, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has announced 26 promotions…

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Vets calculating holiday pay for practice staff: what should be included?

Many veterinary practices approaching sale are surprised to learn the methods they use to calculate…

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Vets advised to take care of practice staff

This article was published in the August 2019 edition of Veterinary Business Journal. It is…

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Mencap sleep-in pay update: Supreme Court date leaves care providers “on snooze” until 2020

Twelve months have passed since the Court of Appeal handed down the decision in the…

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Protecting your practice: what you need to know about restrictive covenants

The protection of your business connections and confidential information is an essential component of the…

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Focus on female workers: flexible working and equal pay

With women accounting for almost 60% of practising veterinary surgeons and over 80% of students…

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‘It’s not in my job description’.

In a job market where qualities such as flexibility and adaptability are not only becoming…

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Dealing with and removing the difficult employee

How to handle an underperforming or troublesome employee is a perennial problem for all employers.…

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Avoiding unlawful discrimination - Part 2: Making Adjustments

Legal protection against unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act is not only prohibited against employees,…

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Avoiding unlawful discrimination

Legal protection against unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act(i) is not only prohibited against employees,…

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Managing difficult employment relationships – alternatives to grievance and disciplinary processes

Workplace conflict is a drain on a business. It leads to lost revenue, reduced productivity…

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National Minimum Wage Sleep-in pay Case Update:

Background After several long months of waiting, and with continuing uncertainty amongst care providers, the…

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Getting ready for the summer holidays:

After what seemed to be a never ending winter, the recent warmer weather will have…

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National Minimum Wage: Sleep-in pay Update HMRC resumes enforcement action with new self-review compliance scheme

Background After several long months of waiting, the government has announced how it plans to…

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HMRC enforcement action update: National Minimum Wage sleep in pay decision delayed

The Government has announced a one-month delay to the decision over how HMRC enforcement action for National…

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Latest perpetrators of National Minimum Wage breaches published

The latest round of “naming and shaming” of employers who fail to pay workers the…

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Government suspends minimum wage enforcement against care sector employers for sleep-in shift pay

The Government has thrown a lifeline to the care sector today by announcing a set…

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Holiday pay: shift overruns should be included

Staff pay is a constant area of scrutiny in the care sector, with providers paying…

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Update on sleep in pay – new EAT development

Staff pay is a major concern for care businesses and in particular, how care homes…

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Ruling on self-employment raises concerns for care sector businesses

Last week the Court of Appeal handed down a decision regarding the employment status of…

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£650,000 paid to care workers following HMRC investigation

An HMRC investigation into care sector employers has resulted in over 3,000 care workers receiving…

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Sevacare claims – National Minimum Wage breaches in the Care Sector: Answers needed on “working time”

It is a criminal offence to pay workers less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW)–…

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Ouch! Costs awards in the Employment Tribunal

Orders for costs in the Employment Tribunal are the exception and not the rule –…

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Should employees be paid to sleep?

With the clocks changing and the dark nights drawing in, everyone begins to feel like…

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