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Nicola Smyrl

Partner

Luton Office

01582 731161

Recent work

Nicola Smyrl is an experienced solicitor in the Employment Department, advising both employers and employees on a wide range of employment related issues.

Nicola regularly advises clients on everyday employment issues including disciplinary, grievances, workplace policies and procedures and redundancy programmes. Nicola also acts for both individuals and commercial clients in employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and in relation to TUPE and outsourcing, as well as advising and assisting with the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Nicola writes the monthly updates for the team’s clients and is a regular speaker at the workshops and briefings for clients.

Nicola studied Law at Kings College, University of London before completing her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London. She joined Taylor Walton as a trainee solicitor in 2007 and qualified into the Employment Department in September 2009.

Interests

In her spare time Nicola enjoys reading, keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – will you give your employees an extra day off?

By Nicola Smyrl | 3 May 2022

This year there will be an extra bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, meaning there will be 9 rather than 8 bank holidays in 2022.  The late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 and the additional Platinum Jubilee bank holiday will be on Friday 3 June 2022.  This…

Changes to right to work checks – take steps to prepare now

By Nicola Smyrl | 21 March 2022

The Government has recently announced changes to the ways that employers can perform “right to work” checks.  There have been various press reports in recent weeks warning employers that these changes will be “costly” for employers at a time when many business are already affected by increasing costs. It is unlawful to employ someone who…

How should employers respond to the end of Coronavirus restrictions in England?

By Nicola Smyrl | 24 February 2022

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that all remaining Coronavirus restrictions would end in England.  The Government’s view is that restrictions on freedoms should not be in place for longer than absolutely necessary and that vaccines and other pharmaceutical interventions will form the first line of defence against Coronavirus. The changes announced include: The…

Should you reduce sick pay for your unvaccinated staff?

By Nicola Smyrl | 7 February 2022

In recent weeks there have been various press reports on the approach being taken to sick pay by a number of large, well known employers in relation to unvaccinated staff who are obliged to self-isolate due to having close contact with a positive case of Covid 19.  Under the current rules, unvaccinated people are required…

What to expect in employment law in 2022 – key points for employers

By Nicola Smyrl | 6 January 2022

Many employers will be glad to say goodbye to 2021, most businesses have had a busy year grappling with issues arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic including the end of the furlough scheme, flexible working arrangements and issues relating to vaccination and testing. Whilst it is hoped that 2022 will not be so heavily dominated…

TW Autumn Employment Law Update

By Nicola Smyrl | 2 November 2021

Most employers will be aware that employment law is always changing! To assist, we have set out a summary of recent developments in legislation, case law and best practice which employers ought to be aware of. If you require any assistance in relation to employment law matters, please contact TW’s Employment Law Team here. Autumn…

Government announces consultation on extending flexible working rights

By Nicola Smyrl | 27 September 2021

Since March 2020, the majority of employers have had to consider flexible working arrangements in order to enable their business to continue to operate during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Many employees are now approaching their employers with requests to continue with flexible working arrangements despite the fact that the majority of Coronavirus restrictions have ceased to…

Employment Law Update – July 2021

By Nicola Smyrl | 19 July 2021

In this update we will be discussing: Workplace considerations in relation to the end of Coronavirus restrictions in England; ACAS Guidance on Hybrid Working; Potential new rules in relation to vaccinations for care home staff; and New right to work check requirements. End of Coronavirus restrictions – employment implications Return to work guidance The government…

Important changes to employment law from April 2020

By Nicola Smyrl | 4 March 2020

Various changes to employment law will come into force from April.   It is important for all businesses to be aware of the changes in order that appropriate steps can be taken to prepare for the changes. Upcoming changes include: 1. National Minimum Wage increases New rates will apply from 1 April 2020.The rates will increase…

Are you up to date on employment status?

By Nicola Smyrl | 25 February 2019

Employment status and the gig economy were rarely out of the headlines in 2018 and this theme seems set to continue in 2019 and beyond.   Contractors vs Casual Workers – Employment Rights   This month has seen a further decision of the employment tribunal confirming that “freelance” lecturers for the National Gallery were workers…