Default Retirement Age

The law on age and retirement is changing. The default retirement age is to be phased out between 6 April 2011 and 1 October 2011 and fixed retirement ages will be unlawful. Forced retirements will no longer be lawful and it will allow people the flexibility to choose when they want to retire. Currently the… Read more »

Holiday & Sickness Absence update

Employers are being forced to change the way they handle staff sickness and holiday allowances, following a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice. The ruling gives workers, whose illness occurs at the same time as their holiday, the right to count those days as sick leave, rather than using part of their annual… Read more »

Employment levels and unfair dismissal claims rise

Employment figures for the three months to June 2010, show that the number of people in employment rose by 184,000, and Acas report a steep increase in workload, especially in unfair dismissal cases. Employment Rates and Unfair Dismissal Claims Rise The Office for National Statistics has published employment figures for the three months to June… Read more »

Holiday pay update

Workers can accrue holiday even when on long-term sick leave, rules House of Lords. In a recent House of Lords decision on the thorny question for employers and employees of what should be done about accrued annual leave when an employee is on long term sickness absence , Lord Rodger concluded workers had a right… Read more »

Dads The Word

Fathers of children due on or after 3 April 2011 will be able to take the benefit of up to six months unused maternity leave. If the regulations do come into force in April 2010, employers will have to wait another year before they take effect. However, given the media interest in this new legislation,… Read more »

Fit For Purpose

The new ‘statement of fitness for work’ certificates – informally known as ‘fit notes’ – come into effect on 6 April to replace the medical certificates currently in use (‘sick notes’). The Government’s aim in introducing the new certificates is suggested by its colloquial name – to get people back to work in some form… Read more »

Welcome to our new website

We are today pleased to announce the next phase in the development of Schofield & Associates with the launch of this new web-site www.schofieldandassociates.co.uk Having established the firm at the start of 2009, following over a decade of experience with leading Midlands’ lawyers, we have seen the business grow from strength to strength. We specialise… Read more »

Avoiding the Wrong Side of Redundancy

Schofield & Associates Employment Lawyers offer advice to employers in difficult times. With the current economic climate as it is many employers are looking to ‘right size’ their businesses to reflect reduced levels of demand for products and services, and to enable them to grow when market conditions improve. It is important for employers to… Read more »

West Midlands Employment Figures Out

Encouraging signs came from the Office for National Statistics yesterday as West Midlands unemployment numbers fell from 285,000 last month to 282,0000. This improvement was in contrast to the national picture where those out of work rose by 40,000 across the country as a whole. Commenting on the figures employment lawyer Eileen Schofield said ‘it… Read more »

Employee or Self-Employed – Mutuality of Obligation

Employees, or their dependants, are entitled to claim damages for injury caused by a workplace accident if: • there was a duty of care owed to the injured person; • that duty was not performed; and • it was reasonably foreseeable that harm would result from a failure to discharge the duty of care. In… Read more »