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Jo 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.  Jo is joint head of the employment team.

Employment Limits – Yearly Review

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 …

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Merry Christmas, One and All?

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 …

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Employment Limits Increases and Other Developments

Employment Limits Increases and Other Developments

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 …

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Video on employment law & the recruitment process

In the video below, employment solicitors Joanne Perry and Mark Fellows (London and St Albans) provide tips on the recruitment process for those responsible for their company’s HR. Watch the video below or read on. One of the most important areas to be highlighted relates to discrimination – there are nine different characteristics …

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Don’t let social media burn your business

Don’t let social media burn your business

Social media is the communications and marketing tool of the moment.     An unintended consequence of the increase in social media is the extent to which it crosses the line between personal and professional relationships. LinkedIn, for example, is often seen as a vital marketing tool, with some employers requiring …

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Shared parental leave in 2015– guide for employers

The rumours are true. The days of maternity leave are over. Well, sort of! From 1 December 2014, a new regime of shared parental leave will come into force which will supplement the traditional system of maternity, paternity and adoption leave. In summary, this will allow for 50 weeks’ leave …

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Sensible social media – A few tips for employers

Sensible social media – A few tips for employers

Social media is the communications and marketing tool of the moment. A significant majority of people have some form of social media involvement, whether that is through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or one of the many other platforms. A perhaps unintended consequence of the increase in social media is the extent …

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Great Expectations– Men and Antenatal Appointments

Great Expectations– Men and Antenatal Appointments

As part of the wide-ranging changes due to come into force next year in the area of parental rights, men will soon be entitled to take time off work to attend some of their partners’ antenatal appointments. The Current Position Pregnant employees and agency workers have the right to take …

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Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

In the third of our series of post outlining matters of particular interest to the retail sector, we consider the right of workers to refuse to work on a Sunday. In the Days of Old Some of us can still remember the days when shops all used to close on Sundays …

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The “Cabinet Catwalk” and dress code in the workplace

The “Cabinet Catwalk” and dress code in the workplace

The recent reshuffle in David Cameron’s Cabinet has brought out the best and worst of the Press. As an example of the “worst” is the focus on the clothes of the new female Cabinet members, and the references to a “Cabinet Catwalk”. Twitter has been buzzing with comments about how …

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