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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

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Whistleblowing website set up for TA soldiers

The Government is currently preparing to start a £1.8 billion drive to increase the size of the Territorial Army by more than a third. However, it seems this could be an uphill struggle given the results of a recent survey which found that one in three small business said that nothing would induce them to employ a reservist.

Currently small and medium-sized firms are paid £500 a month when a reservist is mobilised. Employers are also to be encouraged by the military training reservists receive, apparently worth an estimated £8,000 a year, which can be put to good use in the civilian workplace. In return an employee has a minimum training commitment of 27 days a year in addition to any possible postings.

Last year’s TA recruitment figures highlighted a real problem as reservist numbers dropped by 4,000 below target. It is difficult to know just how much of this is due to difficulties members have had juggling military life and civilian employment.

To try and combat this problem, a website has been designed so that soldiers can report bosses who they consider have turned them down for jobs or who have overlooked them for promotion because of their role in the military. Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, has promised to investigate any whistleblowing saying, “If there is a case for further action, we will take it.”

Depending on the success and results of this website, a new anti discrimination law may be introduced to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the grounds of them being a member of the TA. We shall wait and see whether this becomes a reality.

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