Should employers introduce ‘divorce leave’?

There are many significant life events – the good, the bad and the ugly.  But have you thought how, as an employer, you could play a part in supporting employees through some of them? Many organisations go beyond the legal requirement of offering maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. Some offer days off in the […]

Unfair dismissal – new compensation increases take effect

Clients frequently ask us about the potential financial awards that employees can receive if they are successful in unfair dismissal claims. Providing a specific answer to this question can be challenging without knowing the details of the claim. The compensation awarded by an Employment Tribunal depends on various factors, including the legal categories of the […]

Increased redundancy protections for pregnant employees and those on maternity & paternity leave

In 2015, new research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) found that around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year – many by reason of redundancy. This shocking statistic prompted a government review into the protections for employees on maternity, shared parental and adoption leave (“MSPA […]

Staff shortages and overseas recruitment – could your business benefit from a sponsorship licence?

Recruitment challenges are showing no signs of letting up, with businesses everywhere struggling to find and keep the staff they need. More than three-quarters of those that are attempting to recruit are having difficulties, figures from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) suggest. Manufacturing is hardest hit, closely followed by hospitality, logistics, and construction and […]

Harassment at work must stop – but do we actually know what it is?

The #MeToo movement has increased public awareness of sexual harassment in society and led to greater scrutiny of behaviour in the workplace, where power imbalances exist and perceived norms, lack of awareness and organisational culture can be a breeding ground for harassment claims. At Thomas Mansfield Solicitors we have seen an increase in disputes centred […]

Flexible working – the employee’s big ask?

One significant change in recent years is the broad acceptance that Monday-to-Friday, nine-to-five is largely a thing of the past. Things have moved on. This development has gathered pace since the pandemic, with job applicants and workforces in most industries now having an expectation that flexible working will be available. Does this mean that when […]

Season’s greetings & a year in review

As the end of 2022 approaches, we want to say thank you to our clients, contacts, colleagues, families and friends for their support over the last 12 months. It has been another exceptionally busy year at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors with expansion unabated on the back of delivering exceptional client care in employment, family, private client […]

If Elon Musk was operating Twitter from the UK…

I am going to begin this blog in a slightly unorthodox way, with a thought experiment…close your eyes and imagine that Twitter and its infamous CEO were conducting business from the cooler shores of the United Kingdom (and not in sunny San Francisco where the company is actually based). Imagine for a second that Mr […]

The World Cup and Working from Home

The 2022 Qatar World Cup kicks off on 20 November and will be a huge focus for football fans across the country. Unusually, the tournament is being held in the winter months, meaning football fever will coincide with the build-up to Christmas, causing even more headaches for employers managing staff rotas. There is no obligation […]