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All posts by Joanne Perry

Joanne advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with a particular interest in discrimination and restrictive covenant issues. Joanne’s areas of employment law expertise include handling contentious matters, day-to-day HR advisory work, performance management, maternity, redundancy, bullying and harassment, and disability discrimination. She also advises senior executives on their contracts and severance packages (known formerly as compromise agreements and now as ‘settlement agreements’). Joanne is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a contributing author for Tolley’s Employment and Personnel Procedures loose leaf. She conducts seminars on changes in employment law and writes regular articles on topical employment law issues. Joanne has been involved with many notable cases including successfully defended a multi-national company against a claim for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and whistleblowing.

Furloughing Employees: Latest Updates

Click to download PDF version of this article. Until a few weeks ago, the concept of “furloughing” staff was a foreign one for UK employers. Now, however, it’s the hot topic on everyone’s lips. As you are probably aware, the furlough provisions are part of a range of measures introduced by the Government to help …

Furloughing Employees: Latest Updates

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What the new measurements introduced by the Government mean for businesses in financial difficulty

To download this article as a PDF, click on the image above. On Friday 20th March, the Government announced new measures to support businesses finding themselves in financial difficulty as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Below, Joanne Perry, Partner in the Employment team, summarises the announcement and what it means for …

What the new measurements introduced by the Government mean for businesses in financial difficulty

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Snow Days: How should employers handle staff absences?

When a snow day arrives, businesses suffer the effects of enforced staff absences. Employers are left counting the cost of the lost days, and forecasters predict more bad weather may be on its way. Organisations such as the TUC and CIPD urge employers not to play “Scrooge” by trying to force employees to get into …

Snow Days: How should employers handle staff absences?

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Men & Antenatal Appointments

As part of the wide-ranging changes due to come into force next year in the area of parental rights, men will soon be entitled to take time off work to attend some of their partners’ antenatal appointments. The Current Position Pregnant employees and agency workers have the right to take time off work to attend …

Men & Antenatal Appointments

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Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

Sunday Working: What are the rights for employees? In the Days of Old Some of us can still remember the days when shops all used to close on Sundays and those shops that stayed open, such as newsagents, had to cover certain products with a sheet or rope them off as they were prevented from …

Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

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