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Employment Law Updates


AIMS Monthly Update April 2022 – Employment Law Newsletter Click Here


Welcome to our April 2022 briefing, providing updates on recent and forthcoming changes to the law together with summaries of topical case law and useful links to further information and guidance. 

This month we look at

  1. Living with COVID: Quick Q&A for Employers 

  2. Was it indirect sex discrimination to refuse a flexible working request that would accommodate for childcare responsibilities?

  3. Data Protection and COVID-19 – Collecting Vaccination Data

  4. How is harassment assessed under the Equality Act 2010?

  5. What does the Tribunal consider in making an anonymisation order


REMINDER: Collingwood Legal Webinar: Employment Law Update 


Thursday 19th May 2022 10:00 to 11:00


Case law and legislation are constantly changing the face of employment law which has an impact on businesses.


There have also been a number of recent changes, including how employers are now expected to manage COVID-19 in the workplace.


The session aims to update you on:

  • Key recent case law developments

  • Statutory developments on the horizon or pending consultation

  • Recent changes to employment rates and Tribunal compensation limits

  • The implications of failing to collectively consult as demonstrated by P&O Ferries

  • Top tips on managing COVID absences and employer’s health and safety obligations going forward


We will provide guidance as to what these changes mean for businesses generally, how you can best prepare your business for future change and the implications of getting it wrong.


There will be an opportunity to ask questions of our specialist employment lawyers.


The Webinar is free to attend. To register: Click Here


AIMS Members are invited to join a free webinar: Top Tips on Managing Performance


Thursday 23rd June 2022 10:00 to 11:00


The success of any organisation is built upon the performance of its staff. Where performance issues arise with an employee it can cause many problems.


This webinar will consider the process to follow with an underperforming employee, dealing with problems promptly and the issues which commonly arise surrounding performance issues with the aim that those attending will be better equipped and feel more confident to manage work performance issues in future.

The session aims to provide you useful top tips on:

  • Capability or performance procedures

  • Dealing with performance early

  • Dismissal for performance issues and mitigating risk.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of our specialist employment lawyers.


To register for your free place: Click Here

Free Collingwood Legal Webinar: Top Tips in Dealing with Employment Tribunal Claims


Thursday 7th July 2022 10:00 to 11:00


Receiving notice of an Employment Tribunal claim being issued against you and your organisation is always stressful and can feel overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the Tribunal process. With the numerous formalities and prescriptive rules, procedures and deadlines imposed by the Tribunal, preparing and defending an Employment Tribunal claim can feel time consuming, difficult and unfamiliar. This presentation aims to equip you with some top tips on how best to manage the Tribunal process and some good practice tips to bear in mind when at the final hearing.


Collingwood Legal invite you to attend our Top Tips webinar!


The session aims to provide you useful top tips on:

  • Understanding the terms, protocols and “jargon” used;

  • The tribunal process, what to expect and how best to manage this;

  • Meeting the various deadlines;

  • Preparing your case;

  • Drafting witness statements; and

  • The final hearing itself, and good practice tips.


To book your free place: Click Here


A bit more about Collingwood Legal - did you know…


  • We work with many businesses providing expert advice helplines at a cost starting at just £500 per month with Tribunal protection insurance available too (please see attached for a summary of our Helpline Arrangements)

  • We carry out workplace investigations for businesses including dealing with sensitive and complex issues

  • We provide cost effective bespoke in-house training on employment issues on subjects ranging from dealing with disputes to Diversity and Inclusion

  • We have a great track record of successfully representing organisations in defending Employment Tribunal claims


They would be very happy to discuss members specific needs.

The AIMS lead at Collingwood Legal is Jane Sinnamon

Jane's details are:

Direct Dial: 0191 282 2884
Mobile: 07788586707

Click here for Helpline Arrangements

Please also take time to visit the Collingwood Legal Website:

Previous Employment Law updates - click on issues below to download

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

September/October 2020


Business Immigration Services

In addition to providing employment law support, AIMS Supplier Member Collingwood Legal – can also help you with your business immigration Click Here needs and guide you through the various and sometimes complex immigration rules and procedures that apply to you as employer.


Their services include:


  • Helping you be fully compliant with immigration rules on an ongoing basis by advising on best practice and reviewing your current systems;

  • Support with your application and/or renewal for a sponsorship licence

  • Advice on your duties as a sponsor;

  • Advice on obtaining, maintaining and renewing Tier 2 and Tier 5 employee visa applications;

  • Advice on “right to work” checks and on avoiding discrimination while preventing illegal working;

  • A document checking services;

  • Advice on managing intra-company transfers;

  • Advice on entrepreneur and investor visa under Tier 1;

  • Advice on the activities business visitors to the UK can carry out;

  • Management training on compliance with immigration rules.


Please contact Alexandra Besnard on 0191 282 2886 or email for a no obligation discussion and quotation