About Thomas

Thomas joined Machins in July 2021 as a trainee solicitor in the Employment Team.

He graduated with a joint degree in History and Politics from the University of York and a Politics related Master of Letters at the University of St Andrews.

Before joining Machins he worked as a policy advisor in HM Cabinet Office and the Department for Education liaising with a range of senior stakeholders in the higher education and construction industries. He then became an inspector of health and safety at the Health and Safety Executive, where he took the lead in inspecting factories throughout the south east, investigating and prosecuting workplace accidents.

He hopes to seize every learning opportunity through his work and interactions with clients to become an accomplished problem solver.

Latest news by Thomas Giles

Cutting Sick Pay for unvaccinated employees

Introduction  Ikea, Ocado, Next and Morrisons along with several other large employers have recently announced that unvaccinated UK employees, without a valid medical exemption, who take time off work to self-isolate will not be paid their normal ‘day rate’. Instead, they will be paid the legal minimum Statutory Sick Pay rate of just £96.35 a

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