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Specialist Employment Law Solicitors in Abingdon
For Oxford, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, London & the Thames Valley

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Welcome to Employment Law Plus

A specialist and quality service


Specialist Employment Law Solicitors Founded in 2006

Why compromise on anything less?

A fresh approach to legal services - based on understanding your needs, being straight with you and giving down to earth advice. We give practical, commercial support.

Jill Kelly, Director, is a specialist employment law Solicitor who has over 20 years experience advising businesses and individuals with employment law challenges.

Specialists in settlement agreements

We are specialists in advising employees on termination packages and settlement agreements and can advise on settlement agreements on a fixed fee basis and invoice the employer direct for their fee contribution. For Services for Individuals click here. For information about settlement agreements, click here.

We also advise employers on employee terminations, appropriate packages, settlement agreements, defence of Employment Tribunal claims and all employment law issues. For Services for Businesses click here.


Testimonials

I would like to Thank you for your help with my case, without which I don't think I would of proceeded with it, you were honest and upfront in the beginning with the costs and possible outcomes so I could make an informed decision on how to proceed. It was a difficult time not helped by the pandemic and me shielding but you put me at ease when I met with you, in person and by zoom. I knew I would get a quick response if I needed to contact you. I received, what I think was, a substantial settlement out of court. I would most certainly recommend your services to anyone I knew that needed employment law advice.


"Thanks a million for all your help. I cannot recommend your services any higher. You have been fantastic. The service you provided has been faultless with exceptional responsiveness, understanding, support, insight and professionalism. I have no hesitations in recommending your services and will happily do so when the need arises."


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Specialist Employment Law Solicitors

Jill Kelly is again recommended in the new Chambers Legal Directory 2022 as a leading employment law solicitor which says:

Jill Kelly has a broad employment practice that encompasses both contentious and non-contentious matters. She regularly guides her clients through TUPE issues and advises on redundancy processes and subject access requests for personal data. She also has experience dealing with allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal.

"She is excellent - quick to assess a situation and provide advice, and a very tough negotiator when required." "Jill Kelly is knowledgeable and has good understanding of our business, offering commercial advice which is practical for the business."


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Why compromise on anything less?

We are all about quality not quantity. You will not be passed to a more junior and inexperienced solicitor. We are unique in offering the 20 years plus expertise and experience of Director Employment Solicitor, Jill Kelly, to ALL our clients in Oxford, Didcot, Abingdon, Newbury and elsewhere.

We are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with professional indemnity insurance cover. Employment Law Plus. Specialist employment law solicitors.

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“Thank you for everything. You were responsive, rapid, insightful and available. You were a great and reassuring support. Thank you once again so very much.”


“I would like to thank you for the advice and service and I will certainly recommend you to anyone in the same or similar situations. I'm not sure how you could have been more friendly.”


“I was very happy with your professionalism, and always felt like you were seeking my best interest. Thank you for that. I will be happy to refer you should the opportunity to come up to do this. Thank you!”


“Many thanks for all your help, it made a huge difference to the outcome, and to what I can do in the future.”



Solicitors based in Abingdon, Oxford, near Didcot and Newbury, we give advice by video conference, phone and email or, for meetings, we are easily accessible from Oxford, Reading, Abingdon, Newbury, Swindon, Didcot and Banbury. We can advise on settlement agreements by email. Specialist employment law solicitor.


Events coming up

Sorry you missed our recent webinars. Employers can contact us for a link to the recording:

  • Flexible and Hybrid Working and the Law from October 2021

  • COVID and Employment Law from September 2021

  • How not to Lose in the Employment Tribunal from November 2021


  • For more on these events, complete our online form here.


    News


    Coronavirus

    Links
    See ACAS Guide for employers and employees here.
    See NHS guidance here.
    See Public Health England guidance here.
    See government guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus here.
    See government guidance support for businesses here and here.
    See government guidance on coronavirus job retention scheme click here.
    See government guidance on apprenticeships here
    See government guidance for employees here.
    See guidance for users of courts and tribunals here.
    For our November 2020 Employer's COVID checklist, click here.
    For our February 2021 article: Can employers penalise workers for refusing to have a Covid vaccination? click here.

    Contact us for advice on employee relations issues arising from the crisis.


    Guidance on vaccinations and the workplace

    Click here for Guidance from the CIPD on vaccinations and the workplace and here for Government guidance. You can see our news item on this here.


    Latest Government Guidance on workplace working

    For guidance on going to work click here.

    For guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, click here. Sheilding has now been suspended.

    Update from 1 April: Public Health England has issued new guidance applying from 1 April 2021: From 1 April 2021 people who are extremely clinically vulnerable are no longer advised to shield. They may continue to be eligible for the furlough scheme, but, from 1 April, they will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on the basis of being advised to shield. For the guidance: click here

    If employees must work from the business premises, the employer should be keeping a record of who is coming into work and the reasons why.


    Workplace COVID testing

    For Government guidance on workplace COVID testing click here. And do not forget the data protection implications. The ICO has published guidance on this here. There is also ICO guidance on vaccination and COVID status checks here.


    Test and Trace workplace guidance

    Employers should have in place back to work policies which include the implications of the NHS Test and Trace system in the workplace. The Government has issued guidance here. We can help employers think this through and amend policies and privacy notices.


    Tougher isolation rules put employers and workers at risk of committing a criminal offence

    The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came in on 28 September 2020.

    Where an adult is notified, after 28th September 2020, via the NHS Test & Trace Service that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or they have been notified that they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, they must self-isolate.

    They must then tell their employer that they are self-isolating as soon as reasonably practical, unless they can work at the place they are self isolating (usually their home). They must also tell their employer the start and end date of the isolation period. It is a criminal offence for the employee to fail to do this.

    If an employer knows a worker has tested positive (or lives with someone who has tested positive), it is must stop the worker from working (unless they can work from home). Any employer who knowingly fails to do so will face criminal prosecution and can be fined a minimum of £1,000.

    These rules only apply in England.

    The rules were amended in July 2021 to allow workers to attend the workplace if they have been double vaccinated and in some other circumstances.

    Businesses in England need to ensure they educate their employees and managers on these rules and put in place appropriate notification procedures. Employers also need to consider the data protection implications of handling sensitive data about employees’ health.

    These rules do not apply for employees receiving notification through the NHS Covid-19 app. However, they are still expected not to attend the workplace unless double vaccinated etc.


    Health and safety planning in the COVID-19 environment

    Businesses have drawn up a Covid-19 risk assessment with consultation with employees.

    The Government has published industry specific health and safety guidance for employers here.


    Statutory sick pay

    On 13 March 2020, statutory sick pay became payable to those who self-isolate in accordance with public health guidance on coronavirus. Further, when this happens, SSP is payable for the first three qualifying or "waiting" days. The government changed the rules on this on 28 March 2020. The new Regulations backdate the right to SSP for the first three qualifying or "waiting" days to 13 March 2020. (The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020). The funding is available to employers with fewer than 250 employees and would be limited to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee. In the Spring 21 budget, the government said this is a temporary Covid-19 measure intended to support employers while levels of sickness absence are high and the scheme will be closed in due course.

    From 16 April 2020, those people who were shielding became entitled to SSP payments. Shielding means they are classed as extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus and are advised to remain home for at least 12 weeks. (The Statutory Sick Pay (General) Coronavirus Amendment) )No 3) Regulations 2020).

    Entitlement to statutory sick pay was further extended on 28 May 2020 to people who have been told to isolate under the 'Test and Trace' system. (See The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020.)

    Update from 1 April 2021: Public Health England has issued new guidance applying from 1 April 2021: From 1 April 2021 people who are extremely clinically vulnerable are no longer advised to shield and they will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or on the basis of being advised to shield. For the guidance: click here

    Employers can decide what they do about paying company sick pay.


    New rules on holiday

    On 27 March 2020, the government brought in new rules about the carry forward of holiday into the next holiday year because of coronavirus. Workers became able to carry forward holiday entitlement from their basic 4 week holiday entitlement if they could not take it because of the effects of coronavirus. The holiday can be carried forward for up to two leave years. This does not apply to the additional 8 days paid holiday entitlement which employees usually take on statutory holidays, nor to any additional contractual holiday entitlement.

    The Regulations say that these new provisions apply where it was not reasonably practicable for a worker to take some or all of their 4 week holiday entitlement as a result of the effects of coronavirus, including on the worker, the employer or the wider economy or society. The government described these measures as giving employers flexibility to allow workers to carry over leave at a time when granting annual leave could leave them short-staffed and so that work can continue in the national effort against the coronavirus. See here.

    The Government has issued guidance on holiday and holiday pay issues during the coronavirus crisis. You an find the guidance here. This guidance is not legally binding and it will be up to Employment Tribunals to apply the law to the current circumstances if claims relating to holiday are brought.


    Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during coronavirus

    There have been temporary changes to the eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during coronavirus. For more information, click here.


    Employment tribunal claims and hearings

    The Employment Tribunal service has issued a Q&A document about handling employment tribunal claims during the coronavirus crisis. Access it here.
    There are also new guidelines on remote employment tribunal hearings here.


    Guidance on handling disciplinaries and grievances during the COVID crisis

    For ACAS guidance, click here.


    Working from home

    WFH arrangements are an obvious way to mitigate covid-19 risks where they are possible. But don't forget about WFH implications: Does the employee have appropriate arrangements for keeping Company information secure and confidential at home? There are health and safety implications. What are the rules on using company property at home? What are the supervision arrangements? For guidance on home working from the National Cyber Security Centre click here.


    News

  • "Adjusted" right to work checks which were allowed because of COVID were due to end on 31 August 2021. However, the Government has extended the adjusted right to work checks to 5 April 2022. After that, employers need to ensure that an individual attends the place of work so that their original documents can be checked, unless the individual permits the employer to check their right to work using the government's online service. Under the current adjustments, checks can currently be carried out over video calls and job applicants can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks electronically.

  • The Government has published research on Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation . It is available here.

  • The Labour Party has announced a policy to create a single status of ‘worker’ with rights from day one of employment. For more information click here.

  • The Government has published its response to a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace here. It has said it will introduce a duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment and introduce protection from third party harassment. It is also considering extending the time limit for bringing claims under the Equality Act from 3 to 6 months.

  • In 2021, we were expecting publication of the Employment Bill. No sign of the Bill yet! This is expected to introduce a new right to neonatal leave and pay for parents of premature and sick babies; enhanced redundancy protection for pregnant women and women on maternity leave; and reforms to family friendly leave and pay.

  • The Government has consulted on changing the regime on post termination restraints and we await the outcome. The consultation can be seen here.


  • Employment Law Plus

    Settlement agreements and compromise agreements, grievances, age discrimination, employment tribunal claims and defences, disciplinaries, redundancy, unfair dismissal, maternity rights, race discrimination, employment contracts, victimisation, disability discrimination and adjustments, transfers of undertakings, sex discrimination, policies and procedures, sexual orientation discrimination, pay problems, working time and holiday entitlements, equal pay, restrictive covenants, Equality Act... Employment solicitors Abingdon. Employment solicitor Didcot. Employment law solicitor Oxford and Oxfordshire.


    Employment Law Plus (UK) Limited, trading as Employment Law Plus, is registered in England and Wales under company number 07406653 at Stepstone House, Old Moor, Milton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4ED. Director: Jill Kelly. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 551415. Employment solicitors Abingdon. Employment solicitor Didcot. Employment law solicitor Oxford and Oxfordshire. Disability discrimination, sex discrimination, unfair dismissal, compromise agreement, settlement agreements


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