The “Keelys’ Red Hot Chilli Steppers!” Made it!

Keelys Rock Pund the Bounds for Midlands Air Ambulance

Linda Allen, Marie Bell, Dominique Appleby-Freeth and Darren Walkeden completed the 26 Mile Rock Pound the Bounds Walk on 3rd May 2015 to raise much needed funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The Team have raised £1,600.00 including gift aid for the Charity in a very short space of time and are very proud of their achievement.

The team completed the 26 mile walk in 9 hours and confirmed that it was a rather tough route and wasn’t for the faint hearted – but thankfully they trained! However, it was a really enjoyable day, with many volunteers assisting along the route which really kept them going. The team would like to thank everyone that has made a donation, it really is much appreciated.

If you would still like to sponsor the team then please visit:-

Business Growth Workshop – Friday 19 June 2015

Ravinder Sandhu (Employment Partner) has organised a special morning workshop in conjunction with Jas Darar from REACH Business Coaching.  The theme is an insight into strategies for increasing profits and reducing the hours you work.  There will also be a short presentation on performance management by Ravinder.

The event is free to attend.  It is at Burton Albion Football Club and will run from 8am to 1pm followed by lunch and networking.

To book your place or for further information, please contact Ravinder Sandhu on 01543 420042 or

What does the election result mean for employment law?

The short answer is not a lot – for two reasons.  First, the Conservatives were the major party in the coalition so they have already made the main changes to employment law that they had in mind (e.g. introducing tribunal fees and raising the qualifying period for unfair dismissal to two years).  Second, most of our employment law emanates from European Union law so whichever party is in government here has limited scope to make significant changes.

Employment tribunal fees are therefore here to stay but the Conservatives have proposed the following measures:

  • Banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts (which prevent workers working elsewhere even though they are not guaranteed any work under the contract)
  • Making industrial action more difficult
  • Allowing staff to take parental leave up to a child’s 18th birthday
  • Reviewing the Agency Worker Regulations
  • Establishing a rapid resolution scheme
  • Introducing a cap on public sector redundancy payments (of £95,000!)

Of course, the Conservatives have also promised a referendum on our membership of the European Union.  If that happens, and if it results in us leaving the UK, whoever wins the next election will have much greater scope to change UK employment law.

CIPD Employment Law Event – Wednesday 23 September 2015

Paul Roberts, head of our employment law department, is speaking at the employment law event organised by Black Country CIPD on 23 September 2015.  This will include an update on changes in employment law, followed by workshops on drugs in the workplace, changing terms and conditions and happy, healthy conflict.

The event is free to attend.  It is at Wolverhampton Science Park and will run from 9 am  – 1pm and will be followed by lunch.

Please follow this link for further details and to book: