We were delighted to receive two of the Lancashire Business Awards hosted by Downtown Lancashire in Business. Associate solicitor Mark Alexander won Male Networker of the year and Marsden Rawsthorn won Best Marketing Campaign.
The spread of swine flu is reported to be on the increase and it is important that employers are aware of their health and safety duties and how to deal appropriately with staff absences.
Employers should check advice from the government (available on the internet) for information about swine flu. They should keep employees updated with information and ensure that there is good hygiene in the workplace. This may include encouraging staff to wash their hands with soap, carry tissues, and ensure the cleaning of phones, door handles etc. There is information and guidance available from the Department of Health leaflets (available on the internet.).
Employment law specialist and former Marine James Bellamy has joined leading Lancashire Law Firm Marsden Rawsthorn to head up its Employment Law Department.
Lancashire born James spent 5 years in the Marines, which included a Tour of Duty in Northern Ireland and 6 months on the amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, before training as a Solicitor. Prior to joining Marsden Rawsthorn he was with East Lancashire firm Roebucks and latterly Taylors of Blackburn, where he specialised in Employment Law.
James commented "Employment law is fast moving and constantly changing. My mission is to ensure that clients see the commercial benefits of employment best practice as well as avoiding the pitfalls. I was impressed with Marsden Rawsthorn's excellent systems and processes, which allow their legal practitioners to concentrate on what they do best - giving client s the best possible legal advice. I am delighted to have joined such a progressive firm."
Chief Executive at the firm, Stephen Hodgson, commented "James impressed us with his positive approach, determination and track record. His arrival further extends the quality and depth of our Employment Law service for our clients."
The long awaited Bribery Act (passed in April 2010) is finally due to come into force on the 1st July 2011. Although, it has been put back twice already by the coalition government so this date is yet to be confirmed.
Despite the fact it imposes serious consequences for breaches (maximum jail sentence of 10 years) there is significant comfort in that it provides for a full defence, if an organisation can show that it had adequate procedures in place to prevent persons associated with it from indulging in the bribery, of which it is accused.
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