About Abigail Oprey

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Advises on : Employment law
Expertise : Education Sector, National Union of Teachers

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Education Sector, National Union of Teachers

Introduction

An experienced employment lawyer, Abigail brings a wealth of legal expertise within the education sector and an understanding of Japan and its culture to The Legal Partners team and clients.

Graduating in with a Law degree in 1992, Abigail initially moved to Japan to take up a teaching post with JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, sponsored by the Japanese government. On completing her teaching role, she then returned to the UK to study at the College of Law.

After training and qualifying with a firm in West London, in 1998 Abigail moved to an in house role advising on employment matters, including compromise agreements and social media policies, as well as personal injury matters in the education sector as a Regional Solicitor for the National Union of Teachers.

Abigail joined The Legal Partners in 2010, working alongside clients in the Lottery sector. Her experience includes negotiating settlement agreements within the education sector and she also advises on employment issues and social media policies for business and education clients.

Recent Articles by Abigail Oprey

Practical tips for an effective BYOD policy (Bring Your Own Device)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Employment law for HR Directors

Practical tips for an effective BYOD policy (Bring Your Own Device)

 Article updated in July 2018 In this article we highlight the potential risks and benefits for businesses of allowing employees to use their own personal mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, laptops or notebook computers) for business purposes. We talk through the important issues to consider when putting together an effective Bring Your Own Device(BYOD) policy, to maximise the upsides whilst limiting the risks. Fuelled by the surging use of smartphones, high speed internet services and 4G as well as the growth in remote and flexible working, staff today have come to expect to use their own devices to conduct business. Employers of every size have been quick to...

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Employer’s guide to tackling sexual harassment at work

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs

Employer’s guide to tackling sexual harassment at work

Practical guidance for employers on how to tackle sexual harassment at work. Following the groundswell of publicity across the media and social media regarding sexual harassment allegations and disciplinary offences, employers are well advised, morally of course and in terms of best practice, to review the most effective ways of tackling and putting a stop to such behaviour in the workplace. This article will help you understand the risks, to employees as well as employers. We explain the law, how to deal with a complaint, how to protect your staff from sexual harassment, how to help employees feel comfortable reporting issues and how to put the business in the best...

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Explaining National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage 2018

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Employment law for HR Directors

Explaining National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage 2018

Confused about the National Living wage, the National Minimum wage rates and rises in 2018? You are not alone. Employers and workers alike find these terms confusing to say the least. This article explains difference between the National Living Wage rate and the National Minimum wage rate and shows the new increased rates from 1st April 2018. From 1st April 2018, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to be paid at least £7.83 per hour. This is the National Living Wage. It is an increase of 33p, 4.4% over 2017 rate. The Minimum Wage Rates are also increasing. The diagram below shows the new rates from 1st April 2018 across each age band. What...

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New Shared Parental Leave Toolkit for Employers and HR Directors

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors

New Shared Parental Leave Toolkit for Employers and HR Directors

With new shared parental leave laws in place, it’s a good time to think about how to handle multiple requests for shared parental leave from male and female members of your workforce. Employees can make request for shared parental leave from February 2015 for all birth due dates/matching dates (for adoption) from April 2105 onwards. Watch this slideshare for the changes to maternity and paternity leave entitlements and a quick, visual  overview of the key points to remember. Shared parental leave 2015 guidance for parents and employers from The Legal Partners If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to create a Shared Parental Leave policy to...

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HR Guide to Managing Stress at work

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

HR Guide to Managing Stress at work

This is a detailed guide to managing stress at work for Managers and HR specialists. It covers the law relating to stress that you need to know and practical tips on how you and your company can manage employee stress, minimizing it’s effect on the business, being protected from claims, and ensuring you take the appropriate steps to help your employee.         What is stress? The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as the “adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them”. There is sometimes confusion between pressure and stress; it is healthy for staff to have challenges to...

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Zero-Hours contracts, guide for employers

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

Zero-Hours contracts, guide for employers

Zero-hours contracts – latest guide for employers What are zero-hours contracts?   A zero-hours contract is one used for casual working, under which the employer does not guarantee to provide the worker with any work and pays the worker only for work actually carried out. The worker is expected to be available for work when or if called on by the employer. Zero hours contracts are not illegal. If they are freely entered into, a zero-hours contract is a legitimate form of contract between individual and employer. Zero-hours contracts can be used by employers to provide a flexible workforce to meet a temporary or changeable need for Staff. Examples include a need...

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New Flexible working laws, what to do when faced with a flexible working request

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors, General

New Flexible working laws, what to do when faced with a flexible working request

As of 30th June 2014, all UK employees who have completed 26 weeks working continuously for their employer  have the right to request flexible working. So what has changed? Previously the right to request flexible working was extended only to employees who were parents or carers. New Flexible working laws explained, watch our 3 minute SlideShare     New Flexible working laws Q&A How should an employer deal with a request for flexible working? Flexible working requests, at a glance flow chart of the process. What are the business grounds for refusing a flexible working request? Acas codes of practice and guidance, handing requests “in a reasonable...

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Appointing a Non–Exec Director? Terms to agree

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Corporate and Business law for CEOs & CFOs

Appointing a Non–Exec Director? Terms to agree

Why appoint a Non-Exec Director? Bringing a Non-Executive Director or Chairman into a company can be a very smart move for CEOs, CFOs and for the Board, particularly at times of significant change or upheaval in the business. The objectivity and wise experience of the right Non-Exec will be a great asset for businesses of all sizes, and I mean from start-ups upwards. A Non-Exec Director’s experience in the following areas can be invaluable: industry contacts and knowledge strategic vision built on his/her past success as a Board director, for example – assessing new markets or a company acquisition or fund-raising. The recession in recent years has given directors...

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Early Conciliation: new rules in employment disputes

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Employment law for HR Directors

Early Conciliation: new rules in employment disputes

From 6 April 2014 onwards, a new system of Early Conciliation (EC) requires employees to take some compulsory steps before they can make a claim against an employer.  It is mandatory in almost every case (there are a few very limited exceptions). The Early Conciliation system requires employees who believe they have an Employment Tribunal (ET) case to inform Acas before their case can proceed through an ET. The new system should not deter employers from attempting to resolve issues informally or through mediation.   The Early Conciliation system requires employees who believe they have an Employment Tribunal (ET) case to inform Acas before their case can...

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Avoiding employer liability: social media & email

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Employment law for HR Directors

Avoiding employer liability: social media & email

Are you concerned about your liability as an employer when your team use social media and email at work? This guide highlights the risks of employer liability when your employees are using social media or sending e-mails and gives some practical suggestions of how to minimise those risks. The huge growth in popularity of social media in recent years has created challenges as well as opportunities for every business. Blogs and similar media present a unique opportunity to get a positive image of a business into the public domain as well as providing an efficient way of sharing information, knowledge and best practice with others. The other side of the coin is that legal...

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Hiring new employees

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Employment law for HR Directors

Hiring new employees

Hiring new employees: the legal issues you need to know This checklist highlights the key legal issues involved in hiring new employees, the legal issues you need to know and what you need to do. Hiring new employees: before advertising Make sure all staff involved in hiring new employees have had equal opportunities training (and they continue to receive it while working for your business). Draw-up the following documents:   job description which sets out the title and main purpose of the job, the place of the job holder within your business and the main tasks or responsibilities of the post.  a person specification which details the experience, know-how and...

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How and when to use Settlement Agreements, a checklist for employers

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Employment law for HR Directors

This Checklist sets out the key issues every business should consider before entering into a settlement agreement with an employee, and how an when to use settlement agreements. Settlement Agreements used to be called Compromise Agreements. The UK Government renamed them in July 2013 to promote a culture of trying to resolve issues within the company rather than at an Employment Tribunal. For example employers can now use the new Pre-Termination Negotiations which allow an employer to offer a settlement agreement for an employee to leave by following the ACAS Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements under section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996. What is a...

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