#SolicitorChat: upcoming topics

#SolicitorChat in July

In July #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

If you’re a solicitor and specialise in any of these topics, join us on Twitter every Thursday 9am to 10am - just search for #SolicitorChat and join the conversation.

Thursday 2 July: Discrimination and the law 

Discrimination and the law With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been a focus on race discrimination in recruitment processes and workplaces.

We’ll be discussing what someone can someone do if they feel they have been discriminated against because of their race and what employers can do to create and maintain a non-discriminate workplace.

Questions we’ll be exploring:

  1. What rights do employees have against racial discrimination in the workplace?
  2. What is direct and indirect discrimination and how can employers make sure they have an non-discriminate workplace?
  3. What can an employee do if they feel they have been discriminated against because of their race?
  4. What can someone do if they feel they have been discriminated against during the recruitment process because of their race?
  5. What top tips would you give to employers to successfully create and maintain a non-discriminate workplace that all employees can feel comfortable and welcome in?

Thursday 9 July: Relationship breakdown in a pandemic 

relationship breakdownThroughout the coronavirus pandemic, many couples may have had time to consider the future of their relationship.

We’ll be discussing the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the divorce and civil partnership dissolution process and how a solicitor can guide a separating couple through it.

Questions we’ll be exploring:

  1. Can couples still apply for a divorce or civil partnership dissolution during the pandemic? How do these processes now differ?
  2. What steps will a solicitor take you through when applying for a divorce or civil partnership dissolution?
  3. Has the coronavirus pandemic impacted the timescales for divorce and dissolving civil partnerships? If so, how?
  4. Why is it important to seek expert advice during the divorce and civil partnership dissolution process, rather than taking a DIY approach?
  5. What top tips would you give to couples considering a divorce or civil partnership dissolution during the coronavirus pandemic?

Thursday 16 July: Employee rights and coronavirus 

employee rightsAs many businesses begin to re-open and employees start to return to work, many people may have concerns about how safe their workplace is during the pandemic.

During #SolicitorChat we’ll be discussing what responsibilities employers have with regard to maintaining a safe workplace and what rights employees have if they refuse to return to work if they feel that these needs have not been met.

Questions we’ll be exploring:

  1. What are the current restrictions for businesses opening during the pandemic and what guidelines are in place to protect employees?
  2. Is an employee entitled to refuse to return to work during the coronavirus pandemic if they feel their workplace is not safe?
  3. If an employee is isolating due to them or a member of their household showing coronavirus symptoms, what sick pay are they entitled to?
  4. What rights to leave does an employee have if they must take time off work to look after a dependant?
  5. What can an employee do if they feel they are being put at risk or treated unfairly by their employer during the coronavirus pandemic?

Thursday 23 July: Business insolvency 

Business insolvencyThe coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on small businesses.

During #SolicitorChat we’ll be discussing what support is currently available to struggling small businesses and how a solicitor can help a business facing the prospect of insolvency.

Questions we’ll be exploring:

  1. How can a solicitor help a struggling business whose owners are concerned about insolvency?
  2. If a business must enter insolvency, what steps will a solicitor guide the business owner(s) through?
  3. What advice would you give to couples with joint assets who are concerned about how their spouse’s claim for bankruptcy may affect them?
  4. The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on small businesses. What government support is currently available for businesses whose owners are worried about its future
  5. What top tips would you give to business owners concerned about the impact the coronavirus has had on their business?

Thursday 30 July: Dealing with redundancy

Solicitor Chat The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on many businesses, with the prospect of having to make redundancies unavoidable for many.

During #SolicitorChat, we’ll be discussing the steps involved in the redundancy process, what an employee is entitled to and how a solicitor can help an employee facing the prospect of redundancy.

Questions we’ll be exploring:

  1. What steps are involved in the redundancy process and when should an employee speak to a solicitor about redundancy?
  2. What would be considered an unfair redundancy?
  3. How much notice of redundancy is an employee entitled to?
  4. How much redundancy pay are employees entitled to?
  5. Can an employee challenge their employer if they feel they have been unfairly chosen for redundancy? How can a solicitor help?