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Employment Law Changes 2019

22 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

When it comes to a list of concerns in running businesses, employment law issues may come top of the list for many Employers as it is extremely complex with continual changing provisions and can be extremely costly when an organization get it wrong therefore to assist our members, we have picked ou…

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What is happening with Brexit?

22 March 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Brexit Employment Law and Legal Advice In a couple of weeks, the UK prepares to leave the EU regardless of whether there is a deal with the EU or not. For many, it is difficult to understand what kind of a deal Britain will be left with, as nothing has been decided. Here on the Employment Law and L…

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Whistleblowing Cases

11 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

The case of Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd UKEAT/0105/18, The Employment Appeal Tribunal on appeal had to determine if a complaint of defamation could be regarded as protected disclosure.

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Resetting Passwords on Company Property

06 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Where a company provides a lap-top or mobile phone, does an employer have the right to unilaterally change passwords on an employee personal internet account set up by the employee on such devices?

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Accident Investigation

27 February 2019 | Andy Hooke

Businesses will experience an accident / incident of some degree and only by finding the root cause can we hope to prevent it recurring.

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The implications of wrongful deduction of wages and National Minimum Wage

08 February 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

In the past couple of weeks, the media has highlighted HMRC crack down on employers wrongfully deducting monies from their employee’s wages thus bringing their hourly rate of pay below the National Minimum Wage (NMW). This is largely due to human error and the methods employers have used to make suc…

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How does The Health & Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 affect non-employees?

06 February 2019 | Andy Hooke

It’s well known that The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on employers to look after their employees – but what about others who are not employees? For example Contractors or Agency workers?

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Employment status - gig economy where does it all end?

04 February 2019 | Jatinder Tara

The gig economy gave rise to two important decisions last year over the employment status of self-employed individuals. In June 2018, the Supreme Court held that a plumber engaged by Pimlico Plumbers under a written agreement which stated the company was not obliged to offer work and he was not o…

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Asda Equal Pay Case

31 January 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Asda is again making headlines in its Equal Pay claim case. To first bring you up to speed, thousands of Asda employees have claimed that they have been discriminated against by doing comparable work (work of equal value) as their predominately male warehouse workers based in distribution centres.

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Winter Weather Working Attendance

31 January 2019 | Hema Mistry

The “beast from the east” caused severe weather disruptions in 2018 and it’s that time of the year again where adverse weather could severely disrupt business continuity where employees cannot attend work due to adverse weather conditions.

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Redundancy Notice

29 January 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Many questions arise when an employee has been told that they are being made redundant – such as notice period, garden leave, holidays during notice and ‘I now have a job – will this affect my redundancy pay?’

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Brexit Implications for Employing Foreign Nationals

23 January 2019 | Jatinder Tara

With all the political chaos over the rejection of the Brexit plan by Parliament on Tuesday 15th January 2019, the Prime Minister is now considering new plans on the EU withdrawal to be shortly placed before Parliament.

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Unfair Dismissal

22 January 2019 | Arti Patel

A recent case by Kenneth Ball (B) v First Essex Buses (2018) has highlighted some important points employers must consider during disciplinary procedures.

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Gross Negligence Manslaughter & Corporate Manslaughter

15 January 2019 | Andy Hooke

What is Gross Negligence Manslaughter and how do I know if there is a liability for this?

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Restrictive Covenants

02 January 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Quite often HR Advisors at Quest get the above query coming up especially where the employee has moved on to work for a competitor. The starting point is quite simple, where employees have signed their employment contracts,

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Fundamental shake up of employment rights to be introduced

19 December 2018

Greg Clarke ,The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on 17th December 2018 delivered a statement to Parliament over a set of measures to change and reform employment rights under the “good work plan” (the plan) which sets out the Government’s future vision for the UK lab…

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Employment Legislation for 2019

18 December 2018 | Ruth Frank

It’s that time of year again! Hopefully all of your Christmas preparations are complete or at the very least well under way! So, with the New Year only weeks away it’s worth knowing what to look out for, employment legislation wise, in the year ahead!

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RIDDOR - What does it mean for me?

10 December 2018 | Andy Hooke

This is a regulation that places a duty on employers to report to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) who are a government department responsible for health and safety compliance / enforcement in the UK.

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7 Points to Consider at your Christmas Party

03 December 2018 | Ruth Frank

As the festive spirit kicks in the long held tradition of the works Christmas parties are now in full swing! Though this is meant to be joyous occasion it can often be ruined by over indulgence in alcohol which leads to uncharacteristic behaviour!

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Brexit and Employment Status

29 November 2018 | Ruth Frank

With the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) fast approaching there is an air of trepidation being faced by UK employers where their European employees are concerned.

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Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Operations Manager

With over 20 years experience in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. Being MCIPD qualified enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective commercial and practical solutions.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Ruth Frank

Employment Law Consultant

Ruth graduated in 1999 with a Degree in Law with honours and is a highly-experienced HR and employment law advisor. Prior to joining Quest in 2010 Ruth worked in various roles where she has advised on employment law. She has worked for a national consultancy business as HR/employment law advisor and worked as a claimant representative which involved managing cases from the start through to representation at Employment Tribunal. Ruth has more than 18 years employment law experience.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. With a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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