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About Amanda Trewhella

Amanda Trewhella is a specialist employment solicitor based in our London office. She advises on all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment and the drafting of HR policies and employee handbooks, through to advising on business reorganisations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements and severance packages.

Low income workers – exclusivity clauses now unenforceable

By |2022-12-13T18:14:31+01:00December 5th, 2022|

The cost-of-living crisis means that many lower paid staff are looking to take second jobs to make ends meet. Up until recently if there was an exclusivity clause in their contract the staff member would have needed your consent to take on additional work. Due to a recent change in the law, you are no [...]

Guidance for Employers on living with Covid

By |2022-12-12T18:50:42+01:00April 21st, 2022|

As all legal Covid restrictions have now been removed the Government has replaced regulations with principles based guidance for employers. The aim of the guidance is to reduce the risk of infection within the workplace whilst treating Covid-19 as any other respiratory illness going forward. The “Working Safely” guidance has now been removed but employers [...]

Staff to get all their tips

By |2022-12-12T18:52:01+01:00October 4th, 2021|

New legislation next year The government has announced its plans to make it illegal for hospitality companies (including pubs, cafes and restaurants) to withhold tips from their workers. Legislation obliging operators to pass on tips will be introduced within the next year.  The announcement is here  Currently, businesses who receive tips via card payment have [...]

Should you make Covid tests for staff mandatory?

By |2022-12-12T18:54:00+01:00July 5th, 2021|

As a full re-opening looks possible on 19th July it might give customers more confidence if you could say that you required all staff to take Covid tests but is mandatory testing a good idea? Mandatory testing is a much-debated issue with Government statistics claiming that 1 in 3 people with Covid show no symptoms. [...]

Is new “tips” legislation on the horizon?

By |2021-06-29T18:42:39+01:00June 29th, 2021|

A new private members Bill which will be heard in September says it aims to ensure fairness for hospitality staff. Government Consultation The issue of legislating around tips has been discussed for many years now.  In 2015 the Government launched a consultation into tipping practices. Voluntary Code of Practice A Voluntary Code of Practice was [...]

Gender fluid employee – Jaguar Land Rover heavily criticised and ordered to pay £180,000 damages for discrimination

By |2021-02-22T12:07:48+01:00February 22nd, 2021|

Many employers who find they have a gender fluid or transitioning employee won't have had to navigate this issue before.  As an employer you should know what actions to take to support the employee and wider workforce and to ensure that costly discrimination claims are avoided. The pub, restaurant and hotel sector also needs to [...]

Covid-19 vaccine – Can you require your staff to have it?

By |2021-01-29T13:10:35+01:00January 29th, 2021|

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers has publically said that he will rewrite all workers contracts to require them to have the vaccine.  This might sound a good idea as employers try to battle the virus and get their businesses back to profitability but can you force staff to have the vaccine and what are your [...]