Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Employers take up equality advice

More than 70 Shropshire employers took the opportunity to find out more about radical changes in equality law from our Alpha Team.

We organised two seminars to lift the lid on the dramatic shake-up created by the Equality Act 2010 which has just been introduced. And the employers who attended the free sessions were extremely impressed by the advice they received.

John Mehtam, our Employment Law Specialist, said the new Act had brought the most significant changes in the sector for 50 years.

“We wanted to help local employers understand the implications of the changes to the equality rules as failing to comply could leave them facing a host of tribunal claims and paying out a fortune in compensation.

“We were very pleased with the response to our seminars, and many delegates said they would now be reviewing their existing policies as a result of what they had learned. They also said that although the law was a daunting challenge, they felt better prepared to handle the changes it had brought.”

The Alpha Team were joined by leading barrister Sophie Garner, from St Phillips Chambers, for both presentations, who explained to employers what their new responsibilities are and how they could avoid expensive employment tribunal claims.

The new Act includes a major overhaul of the equality rules covering discrimination, behaviour, harassment and interview techniques. Our Alpha Team supports local businesses by offering 24-hour practical employment law and HR advice from qualified lawyers from our Commercial Department.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Festive fund raising kicks off

Four employees from Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors will be spending the festive season raising vital charity cash. The fund raisers are all members of our Personal Injury Team and they will be supporting Hope House with their efforts.

Lynsey Kilvert, who has organised the campaign, said they were looking forward to a whole series of challenges and events.

“We’ll be kicking off our week-long campaign by taking part in the Hope House Santa Fun Run, in Oswestry, on December 12, which will be a great event to be involved in. And we will also be selling cakes at our offices on December 13, as well as holding a quiz on Wednesday, December 15, at the Hare and Hounds in Oakengates.

“Our aim is to raise as much money as we can for this important charity which plays such a vital role in the lives of so many children and their families.”

As well as Lynsey, the other staff members taking part are Clare Pitchford, Sarah Mears and Alison Carter. Anyone who would like to support the staff taking part in the campaign or find out more about the events they have planned should email lynseykilvert@martinkaye.co.uk

Pic: Ready for their Hope House fund-raising week are, from left, Sarah Mears, Lynsey Kilvert, and Clare Pitchford