Parenting & Employment in Wales: Slate Legal gives evidence to National Assembly for Wales inquiry

A National Assembly for Wales committee has today published a report, calling for changes to flexible working, childcare and culture, in order to achieve gender equality at work.

The report by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, follows an inquiry earlier this year into pregnancy, maternity, parenting and work in Wales. 

Slate Legal’s Managing Partner, James Moss, submitted oral and written evidence to the Committee in April 2018 as part of the inquiry (click here for our written submission), and today’s report quotes from some of that evidence.

Commenting on today’s report, James Moss said:

I welcome the recommendations in today’s report. It was an honour and privilege to contribute to this important inquiry and I was keen to stress, as part of my evidence, that inflexible workplace structures, gendered assumptions about childcare, and wide-scale discrimination mean mothers are more likely to be trapped in part-time, low-paid work with fewer opportunities for career progression. I hope that this report can be a catalyst for change in Wales.

For a summary of the report's key findings and a copy of the report, click here.


New Employment Rates & Compensation Limits: 06.04.18 - 05.04.19

Every April, in order to take account of inflation, the UK government updates certain rates and limits which affect how much compensation can be awarded by an Employment Tribunal for particular types of claims.

We've created a handy table summarising these new rates and compensation limits from 6 April 2018 - 5 April 2019 inclusive.   We have also included the latest Vento bands for injury to feelings awards in discrimination cases.  To download a copy, please click HERE.  

Any relevant HR policies should be updated to reflect these changes.

We hope you will find this table to be a useful reference tool. As always, if you have any queries on this or any other employment law issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Slate Legal's Managing Partner ranked in Chambers UK 2018

Slate Legal's Managing Partner, James Moss, has again been ranked in the latest edition of Chambers UK 2018.

This is one of only two leading guides to solicitors and law firms in the UK, identifying the most highly respected solicitors in their areas of expertise across the country.

James Moss commented:

"I'm delighted to be ranked again in the Chambers 2018 guide to solicitors in the UK.  It's great to maintain our profile as expert employment solicitors.  Many thanks to all those clients who kindly provided such excellent feedback."

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Slate Legal recognised as a Leading Firm by Legal 500 UK 2017

For the second year running, Slate Legal has been ranked as a Leading Firm in Wales for employment law - with Managing Partner James Moss being recommended as an employment lawyer.

In the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK, published today, the leading guide to law firms in the UK concludes that:

“Since its foundation at the beginning of 2016, boutique sole practitioner employment firm Slate Legal has made a strong impression in the market, with clients appreciative of its ability to provide ‘cost-effective advice’. 
The ‘intelligent, perceptive and reliable' James Moss is singled out for his ‘great attention to detail’; he acts across a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters and ‘conveys even complex feedback in a structured and clear manner'.
Moss also handles employee-side work and has experience handling cases involving constructive dismissal claims, as well as whistleblowing and disability discrimination cases."

James Moss commented: 

“This really is excellent news.  Slate Legal continues to build on its success – thanks to great clients, our experience, strong track record and our core values. 
We've only recently been ranked in the top 3 locally.  Now, for the second year running we've been recognised at a national level.  We look forward to what the next year brings."