Debbie Knowles visits the Houses of Parliament


During her attendance at the Houses of Parliament Debbie heard first hand from the Liberal Democrat and Business secretary Vince Cable as he announced his intent to launch an enquiry into employment rights during his keynote speech at the Liberal Democrat conference last week.

According to Cable, up to one-million employees in the UK are completely unrepresented under the current legislation adopted by the Coalition government, and further accused the Conservatives of an agenda of [...]

By |October 24th, 2014|General|

Update – Calculation of Holiday Pay

Following the preliminary ruling in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd [2014] IRLR 648 ECJ that commission had to be taken into account in calculating remuneration in respect of paid annual leave, the case was referred back to Leicester Employment Tribunal to assess whether the Working Time Regulations could be interpreted in line with the ECJ’s decision. The hearing was due to take place this month, but has now been delayed until 4 February [...]

By |October 24th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

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By |October 17th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

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By |October 13th, 2014|Health & Safety News|

Union launches holiday pay claim against Royal Mail

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has lodged a tribunal claim on behalf of its members for back pay and future entitlements relating to holiday pay in the wake of a number of important decisions that we have reported on previously on this blog. Although the details of the claim are not yet public knowledge, it is believed that the main focus of it is the failure of the Post Office to factor overtime into [...]

By |October 6th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Male worker on additional paternity leave claims sex discrimination…

In a recent tribunal, Shuter v Ford, the question of whether a male employee should receive the same enhancements to pay when on additional paternity leave arose. In this case female employees received enhanced maternity pay following the birth of the child, however, male employees only received statutory paternity pay for their leave.

Shuter claimed that this was unlawful direct, alternatively indirect, sex discrimination.

The first point the tribunal considered was whether the respondent treated the [...]

FREE Employers Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Whilst the ink is not yet dry on the new Shared Parental Leave Regulations, parts of the new provisions, such as fathers/partners rights to attend ante-natal appointments have already been put in place.

If you would like to know more about the new Regulations and what leave and pay will be available to your expectant parents please register your details on our enquiries page and we will send you our free guide today.

By |October 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

New National Minimum Wage rates start today…

National Minimum Wage rates are set to increase today as follows:

21 and over – £6.50
18 to 20 years – £5.13
Under 18 years – £3.79
Apprenticeships – £2.73

Now is the time to review your current payroll and ensure you comply with the new pay rates.

By |October 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Extended rights to attend ante-natal appointments

With effect from 1st October 2014, a father or partner of a pregnant woman will, from ‘day one’, have the right to take unpaid time off during working hours to accompany an expectant mother to an ante-natal appointment made on the advice of a designated health care professional.

The right is available to:

the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant woman
the father or parent of the pregnant woman’s expected child
an intended parent [...]

By |September 29th, 2014|General|


As proud sponsors of the North West Finance Awards EML joined a prestigious crowd at the Macron Stadium to celebrate the achievement of some of the north wests finest financial minds.

Particular congratulations to Hughes Safety Showers who won EML’s sponsored award – SME Finance Director of the Year which was awarded to Stephen Dootson (accepted by Tony Hughes in Stephen’s absence).

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

By |September 26th, 2014|General|