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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.

Breaking Ranks – Women in the Law

Any woman working in the field of law will be acutely aware of the challenges that she will face if she is to be successful in her career. Commercial law, in particular, is historically dominated by men and brings with it a culture of long and unsociable hours. Women still retain primary responsibility for childcare, …

Breaking Ranks – Women in the Law

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Employment Limits – Yearly Review

Each year, the government reviews the various limits applicable to sums payable or due in an employment context. It is important for employers to know about these changes to ensure that they are fully aware of their obligations, and the potential risks they face with respect to their employees. With effect from 6 April 2018, …

Employment Limits – Yearly Review

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Paying the Minimum? Wage rates to increase in April 2018

National minimum wage and national living wage rates are set to increase on 1 April 2018. While all employers should ensure that their pay levels meet or exceed these rates, employers in the retail industry will be particularly affected. The rate of pay a worker is entitled to largely depends on their age – people …

Paying the Minimum? Wage rates to increase in April 2018

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A Touchy Subject… Top Five Tips for Dealing With Sexual Harassment Complaints

I was at a networking event the other night and the hot topic of conversation amongst the guests was the allegations that have been made against Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. Everyone agreed that, if the allegations are true, his behaviour was heinous and entirely unacceptable. He was a man in a position of power, who …

A Touchy Subject… Top Five Tips for Dealing With Sexual Harassment Complaints

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Employment Limits – Yearly Review

Each year, the government reviews the various limits applicable to sums payable or due in an employment context. It is important for employers to know about these changes to ensure that they are fully aware of their obligations – and the potential risks they face – with respect to their employees. New Limits With effect …

Employment Limits – Yearly Review

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Merry Christmas, One and All?

Christmas is nearly upon us and, in time-honoured tradition, festivities are taking place in most workplaces, including office parties, Secret Santa presents and gifts from suppliers. Generally, the season passes by in a blur of tinsel and mince pies, without any incident or complaint … at which point, HR professionals across the country breathe a …

Merry Christmas, One and All?

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