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Redundancy procedure checklist

Irina Polyakova

Step 1: Establish whether there is a genuine redundancy situation

  • Is there a closure of the business for which the employee was employed?
  • Is there a closure of the place of business where the employee was employed to work?
  • Is there a reduced requirement for employees... Read More


Advice to an employee on redundancy: know your rights

Irina Polyakova

When could a redundancy situation arise?

A redundancy situation can arise where, for example:

  • Your workplace is closing or moving, or your employer is ceasing trading altogether.
  • Your employer has a reduced need for employees to carry out a particular kind of work.
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Employer’s Guide to carrying out redundancies fairly to minimise Employment Tribunal claims.

Irina Polyakova

Employers should be aware that:

  • There is no mandatory procedure laid down by statute in Great Britain for fairly dismissing an employee for redundancy. 
  • Employers should consider whether there are contractual redundancy procedures, whether express or implied, that apply.
  • Employers... Read More


Family law expert joins Eaton Smith  

Karen Roberts

In a series of recent appointments Eaton Smith is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Roberts as Associate Solicitor in their family law team. Karen has over 20 years’ experience as a family solicitor mainly focussing on child care work. Prior to joining Eaton Smith she worked as a Partner in a... Read More


Residential Property expert joins Eaton Smith Solicitors

Chris Brierley

Eaton Smith are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Brierley who has joined the firm as Partner and Head of Residential Property. Chris brings more than a decade of experience. He has a passion for residential property, in particular guiding clients through the process of buying and selling property in a... Read More


Neither better nor worse – how TUPE protects when employees transfer

Irina Polyakova

The directors of a property management company ran into a brick wall when they tried to boost their benefits package before transferring to a new employer under the TUPE employment protection regulations.

TUPE – which stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – are... Read More


Companies need to get it right to protect against competition

Irina Polyakova

Companies looking to protect their business by relying on non-compete clauses for key employees should check that any post-termination restrictions are reasonable.

When an employee leaves and there is a threat of commercially sensitive information about operations and customers being passed to a competitor,... Read More


What if you are asked to return to work but cannot do so because of the need to provide childcare?

Irina Polyakova

Schools for most children remain closed and it creates a really big problem if an employee has been asked to return to work but they cannot do so because of the need to provide childcare.

What are the options for employees?

  • The best option for an employee is to remain on furlough... Read More


Road map to a cautious recovery

Irina Polyakova

On 28th May 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the tests for easing the lockdown restrictions have been met and today, Phase 2 of the restart has commenced. The announcement of Phase 2 was supported by the launch of the Test and Trace system.

From today, 1st June 2020 up to 6 people will be allowed to... Read More


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Updates - June 2020

Lewis Holroyd

On Friday 29th May, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Scheme”) was amended again. Please see below a summary of the main points of the latest updates to the Scheme.

  • 10th June: Employers will only be able to claim under the Scheme for employees who have been placed on furlough... Read More


Securing English Assets - what happens when a relative who lives abroad dies?

Lucy Cortis

Many people who have emigrated continue to retain assets which, in some cases can be substantial, within the UK. They may do so for a variety of reasons, however, this can often lead to difficulties following their death especially if they have only made a foreign Will (which also relates to their estate in England)... Read More


COVID19 - Employer Support Package

Irina Polyakova

Eaton Smith's employment law experts have created a package of documents to assist employers through this unprecedented time. The package of 12 documents includes template policies and letters on matters such as:

  • a workplace risk assessment template
  • a furlough agreement template
  • a... Read More