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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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International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

International Womens Day, although an important focal point for the movement of women’s rights, has evolved to become a more all-encompassing standpoint and reflective of the need and want for a completely equal society. Given my role at Sherrards as a Partner in the Employment team and as Head of HR, I am interested (naturally) …

International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

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Snow days- how should employers handle staff absences?

Snow fall brought travel chaos to some parts of the UK earlier this week– likely not for the first time this year – and businesses are suffering 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 …

Snow days- how should employers handle staff absences?

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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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