James Potts - Legal Services Director
Recent Blog Posts By James Potts - Legal Services Director
Planned power cuts: how to minimise disruption and risk at work
The National Grid warns that there could be a series of planned power cuts this winter. With the Russo-Ukrainian War disrupting electricity supplies, ... Read More
What are the new right to work rules?
On 1st October, right to work rules changed. And if you don’t comply with the new guidelines, you could face hefty fines or even legal prosecution… I... Read More
The legal risks of applying the wrong employment status – and how to avoid them
The government has updated its guidance on employment statuses. The aim? To clarify the differences between the rights of employees, workers, and the ... Read More
The biggest legal risks to business owners (and how to avoid them)
As an employer, you shoulder a lot of responsibility. Staff safety, job security, legal compliance…it’s a lot for anyone. And if there is an accident... Read More
Free speech at work: are all beliefs legally protected?
Everyone has a right to free speech – but sometimes the line gets blurred… In 2019, researcher Maya Forstater lost her job after posting disparaging ... Read More
Major changes to staff holiday entitlement: are your workers affected?
Staff holiday entitlement has changed. Now, it’s no longer just your full-year staff who are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ annual holiday. You need to provi... Read More
10 essential HR policies every business needs
Policies are crucial to your success. Without written policies, you can’t set expectations for your staff. You might find it easier to create rules a... Read More
Is your dress code indirectly discriminating against staff?
In 2016, Nicola Thorp, a temp receptionist, was sent home on her first day on the job after refusing to wear high heels. She accused the company of s... Read More
How to calculate holiday pay: the employer's guide
Now summer has arrived, expect to see the holiday requests come flooding in. Which means you’ll need to know how holiday pay works. Legally, you have... Read More
Ban on exclusivity clauses: how to manage staff who work multiple jobs
Last month, the government announced it was widening the ban on exclusivity clauses to help the lowest earners of society top up their income. Which m... Read More
Let's talk politics (or not): what to do if a debate breaks out at work
Political debates…to ban or not to ban? That is the question. If your staff break into a political debate at work, do you intervene? Or do you let the... Read More