Author: David Philip Harris

David Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on employment law matters. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio Berkshire and People Management Magazine. David has represented individual and corporate clients in the employment tribunal as well as the High Court and County Court. David is a member of The Law Society and The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA UK). To contact David, visit the Contact Us page. For media enquiries: info@dphlegal.com. Read David's Full Bio.

David Harris speaks on BBC Radio about the Government’s attempts to discourage home working

Listen to David Harris speaking to Bill Buckley on BBC Radio Berkshire about the Government’s recent announcement that civil servants must return to working in the office to “ensure that buildings are running at full capacity”. During the conversation, David discusses the legal rights that employees have to request flexible working arrangements. He also points […]

David Harris discusses the Government’s ‘work from home’ announcement on BBC Radio Berkshire with Phil Kennedy

Managing Partner David Harris discusses the Government’s recent ‘work from home’ announcement on the BBC Berkshire Drive Time show yesterday evening. Listen to the interview here: David Philip HarrisDavid Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on employment law matters. He is a frequent […]

David P Harris speaks on BBC Radio Berkshire about the increase during the lockdown of dismissals for underperformance so that employers can avoid redundancy payments

Listen to the interview here:  If you need legal advice regarding a similar situation, call us on0118 914 5622 or complete our Contact Us Form to arrange a confidential call back from a qualified solicitor.  The first consultation is without charge. David Philip HarrisDavid Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years […]

UK Government considers reforms that could affect non-compete clauses in employment contracts

At the end of 2020, the UK Government launched a consultation aimed at reforming non-compete clauses that place restrictions on ex-employees after the termination of their employment contracts. The consultation (which is due to close in February 2021) is driven by the need to “unleash innovation, create the conditions for new jobs and increase competition,” […]

David P Harris speaks to Phil Kennedy on BBC Berkshire about the rights of working parents facing redundancy

David Harris speaks to Phil Kennedy on BBC Radio Berkshire about redundancy rights during the pandemic and the impact, in particular, on working parents. David Philip HarrisDavid Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on employment law matters. He is a frequent contributor to […]

David P Harris speaks to Phil Kennedy on BBC Berkshire about the potential impact of the recently announced national lockdown

David Philip HarrisDavid Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on employment law matters. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio Berkshire and People Management Magazine. David has represented individual and corporate clients in the employment tribunal as well as the High Court […]

New Tribunal Procedure Rules

A new statutory instrument was brought before parliament on 17 September 2020 to amend the tribunal procedural rules.  The rules were changed to make the following allowances: More flexibility to be permitted over virtual hearings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As Covid-19 has created a significant backlog of problems in the Employment Tribunal, if certain criteria […]

Disability Discrimination Update

The EAT in Sullivan v Bury Street Capital Ltd UKEAT/0317/19/BA recently held that an employee who suffered from paranoid delusions was not disabled because although these had a substantial adverse effect, they were not long term or likely to recur. The Employment Tribunal rejected the Claimant’s evidence and found that his condition did not have […]

David P Harris discusses the latest updates from Rishi Sunak with Andrew Peach on BBC Radio Berkshire

Listen to the interview here: For further information call us on 0118 914 5622 or complete our Contact Us Form to arrange a confidential call back from a qualified solicitor without charge. David Philip Harris David Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on […]

David P Harris discusses the latest expansion to the Job Support Scheme on BBC Radio Berkshire with Phil Kennedy

Listen to the interview here: For further information call us on 0118 914 5622 or complete our Contact Us Form to arrange a confidential call back from a qualified solicitor without charge. David Philip Harris David Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on […]

David P Harris discusses the announcement of the ‘Jobs Support Scheme’ on BBC Radio Berkshire

Listen to the interview here:  For further information call us on 0118 914 5622 or complete our Contact Us Form to arrange a confidential call back from a qualified solicitor without charge. David Philip Harris David Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on […]

David P Harris discusses the changes to the furlough scheme from the 1 September on BBC Radio Berkshire

For further information call us on 0118 914 5622 or complete our Contact Us Form to arrange a confidential call back from a qualified solicitor without charge. David Philip Harris David Philip Harris is a recognised employment solicitor with over 10 years of experience in advising employees and employers on employment law matters. He is […]

The right to refuse work?

Some of the most common queries received in recent weeks have related to whether employers are able to force employees to return to work and, conversely, whether employees can refuse to return to work. Prior to the current pandemic queries of this nature were virtually unheard of; in the majority of cases, an employer is […]

Criminal investigations. The risk for UK employers furloughing staff

UK employers who are furloughing staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could face a criminal investigation from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if complicit managers are dishonestly facilitating claims under the coronavirus job retention scheme whilst simultaneously requiring employees to work. Under the current criteria for the coronavirus job retention scheme, employers may […]

Holiday during furlough

Employees on furlough leave continue to accrue statutory holiday and any additional holiday entitlement under their contract of employment. Furloughed employees may take holiday without it disrupting their furlough leave. An employer may, subject to the usual notice requirements, require employees to take holiday whether or not the employee is on furlough leave. However, before […]

The Good Work Plan

This month a number of new or revised provisions are to be introduced. It is important employers are aware of the new provisions. These changes are being introduced under the “Good Work Plan”. This plan covers when a contract (or written statement of terms) should be provided to an employee, how to calculate holiday pay, […]

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