Cheshire employment lawyer urges employers and workers to be aware of legislation changes

January 4, 2019

A leading Warrington employment lawyer is urging employers and workers to take note of workplace reforms, which the government intends to introduce in the not-too-distant future.

Details of The Good Work Plan, described as the largest reform in workers’ rights in more than a generation, were revealed by business secretary Greg Clark MP.

Changes to be expected include increased fines for employers and more rights for workers.

And Latham Parry, partner and head of employment law at Warrington-based Watsons Solicitors, which represents both employees and employers, said: “The reforms reflect the changing nature of the modern workplace, and form a key part of the Government’s modern industrial strategy. This strategy is aimed at boosting productivity and by backing businesses to create good jobs and increasing the earning power of people across the UK.

“What this means for employers and employees is that more focus is being placed on fair treatment of workers.

“For example, The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 comes into force on 6 April 2020. This legislation provides that written particulars of the main terms of employment – such as details of salary, job title, place of work etc. – must be given from the first day of employment. Currently, employers have up to two months to provide this information in writing.

“Other legislation will be introduced and many changes are intended to come into force on 6 April 2020. Key proposals include:

  • Changing how a week’s pay for holiday pay is calculated. It increases the reference period for variable pay from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.
  • Changing the law in relation to continuity of employment, so that a gap of up to four weeks (instead of one) will not break continuity of service.
  • Importantly for the gig economy, ensuring that workers, not just employees, receive their rights to a written statement of terms and conditions on day one.”

And Latham, who has more than a decade of experience in employment law and joined Watsons as a partner in 2015, also pointed out that financial penalties for an employer’s breach of employment rights with aggravating features is set to increase.

He added: “The maximum employment tribunal fines for employers who have been proven to show malice, spite, or gross oversight in breaching employment rights will be £20,000, up from £5,000.

“It’s vital that employers seek advice from a professional to ensure they do not inadvertently fall foul of the new legislation. Taking advice now, and ensuring that suitable contracts are already in place, will stand employers in good stead for the forthcoming changes.

“Workers should also know their rights to ensure they are not purposely or accidently treated unfairly or unlawfully.”

If you have any queries regarding employment law, please speak to our employment team on 01925 571 212.

Alternatively, click for more information about Watsons Solicitors’ employment law services.

Contact Us

If you are interested or require any information on any of our services then please get in touch for an appointment on:

 01925 571 212
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm

Latest News

Compromise is the perfect solution to flexible working requests

A Cheshire-based employment law specialist believes compromise is the ideal solution to flexible working requests. The goalposts shifted considerably during the coronavirus pandemic with almost half of adults working from home. According to data from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), more than eight in 10 workers who had to do their job from home […]

Ageing population highlights importance of writing a will

A Cheshire-based wills and probate solicitor thinks that there is no time like the present for getting your affairs in order and writing a will with the age of the population on the rise. Recently released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number of people in England and Wales aged […]

Family solicitor Lauren celebrates anniversary with step towards key accreditation

Lauren Soutar marked her one-year anniversary at Watsons Solicitors by taking a significant step closer to acquiring the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation. Tuesday 18 October was exactly one-year since Lauren joined the Warrington-based firm as a family lawyer. By the time that date came around, Lauren had undertaken the Children Law scheme’s mandatory three-day […]

Trainee solicitor Hannah shortlisted for top Warrington Business Awards honour

Hannah Dale and Watsons Solicitors are celebrating after the trainee was shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year honour at the prestigious Warrington Business Awards. Hannah is on the three-strong shortlist for the award which is open to any individual who has undergone a full-time training position during the period from January 2020 to September […]

Watsons Solicitors
Lexel Accreditation
Children Law Accredited
Conveyancing Quality

Watsons Solicitors is a trading name of Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales registered number OC386012 whose registered office is 13 Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DJ.

Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 598547.

Website managed by Outwrite PR, an online reputation management agency
envelope-oclock-ophonefax linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram