About Caroline Banwell

Caroline Banwell (LL.B. Hons.) trained and worked initially as a solicitor for a major London law firm. She has advised a wide variety of clients from SMEs to multinationals and from small primary schools to Cambridge Colleges. As well as considerable knowledge of the business and education sectors, she has also worked extensively for the charity sector and was recommended in the Charities and Not for Profit section of the 2017 Legal 500 for her work heading the Cambridge office employment team at leading charity and education firm, Stone King. Caroline collaborates with other Cambridge HR consultants on project work from time to time. Caroline gives advice through Harmony HR Solutions Limited as an HR consultant and not as a solicitor and Harmony HR Solutions Limited is not regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. Caroline works as a solicitor for Kesteven Partners Limited which is a law firm regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.

COVID-19 Latest update on the Job Retention scheme

Latest update on the Government Coronavirus job retention scheme The key points are: Employers can now claim for employees on the payroll on or before 19 March 2020 – not 28 February 2020 as previously published. Claims should only be made for employees who have been furloughed “by reason of circumstances as a [...]

By |2021-04-15T18:41:13+00:00April 16th, 2020|Covid-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 Latest update on the Job Retention scheme

COVID-19 Further update on the Job Retention scheme

The following information emerged today (8th April 2020) about claims under the job retention scheme: The key points are: the HMRC portal for claims is expected to go live on 20 April 2020 the first payments are expected to be made on 30 April 2020 payments are expected to be made 4-6 days after claims [...]

By |2021-04-15T18:41:19+00:00April 8th, 2020|Covid-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 Further update on the Job Retention scheme

COVID-19 Updated Guidance on furlough scheme

The Government has just released (4th April 2020) further guidance on its job retention or furlough leave scheme. The key points are: A furloughed employee can work for another employer at the same time as being furloughed. This enables furloughed employees to fill keyworker vacancies (eg. for the NHS).An employer can help a furloughed [...]

By |2021-04-15T18:41:25+00:00April 6th, 2020|Covid-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 Updated Guidance on furlough scheme

COVID-19 Government help for organisations – furlough scheme

Government measures introduced so far include deferring VAT and income tax payments, deferral of IR35 (for larger businesses), a 12 month business rates holiday and a change in statutory sick pay. Furlough leave – the new measure announced last night This will enable employers to obtain support to pay salaries of staff who would [...]

By |2021-04-15T18:41:30+00:00March 21st, 2020|Covid-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 Government help for organisations – furlough scheme

COVID-19 Advice for UK employers

This advice note is designed to give guidance to UK employers as at 16 March 2020. Further updates will follow if the advice below changes significantly. The following links may be helpful: Public Health England advice for employers NHS advice on COVID-19 UK Government information and advice for employers   Government advice on self-isolation Individuals [...]

By |2021-04-15T18:41:36+00:00March 16th, 2020|Covid-19|Comments Off on COVID-19 Advice for UK employers

Holiday pay for overtime

  How should organisations calculate holiday pay for those who work overtime? UK law states that all workers must receive 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday each year. According to the European Court of Justice, this means that workers should receive their “normal remuneration” during periods of holiday. This is regardless of what their contractual hours are [...]

By |2018-11-28T10:19:56+00:00November 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Holiday pay for overtime

Data Protection is changing – what you need to know

The mention of data protection might mean that your eyelids start drooping but try and stay awake long enough to read this article so that you know what to do before 25 May 2018 when the new data protection rules come into force in the UK. Any business which controls or processes data will need [...]

By |2018-01-18T20:54:46+00:00January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Data Protection is changing – what you need to know

What about Executive Coaching?

Many businesses have found that Executive Coaching is a powerful and effective tool. The coaching process raises self-awareness and unlocks potential to maximise performance, leading to increased self-confidence and reduced anxiety. It allows individuals to grow and flourish within an organisation – or to recognise that the time may be right to move on to [...]

By |2018-01-18T20:53:35+00:00January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What about Executive Coaching?

What are your freelancers entitled to?

What is the effect of the recent cases against Uber, Addison Lee, CitySprint etc? People who work for organisations fall into several categories. From a legal point of view there are three categories: self-employed contractors, workers and employees, a distinction which matters because different categories have different entitlements. Employees have a whole raft of employment [...]

By |2018-01-18T20:48:56+00:00January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What are your freelancers entitled to?
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