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Stephenie Malone, Senior Associate Solicitor

Health and Social Care

Direct Dial: +44 1905 744 985
Mobile: +44 7896 462 779

A bit about me

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.

Want to know more?

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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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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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

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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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