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What can an employer do about an office romance?

28 June 2021
Matt Hancock’s widely publicised breach of social-distancing guidelines put paid to his tenure as health secretary and highlighted the peril of workplace romances.  He handed ...

UK employment one year after the death of George Floyd

01 June 2021
The brutal murder of George Floyd highlighted racism in all aspects of society including work – but one year on has anything really changed?  The shocking mobile phone footage...

The use of settlement agreements to resolve workplace disputes in the right way

08 March 2021
It’s always best to settle workplace disputes in the right way, as the manner in which it is done can often attract a lot of attention. Two high profile cases and the resolution to the breakdown...

Does landmark court ruling mean a drastic rejig for the gig economy?

22 February 2021
The momentous verdict in the Uber taxi drivers’ case could have far-reaching implications for many self-employed workers employed by app-based platforms. The UK’s Supreme Court ruled that Uber d...

Age old problem of discrimination in the workplace

15 February 2021
Employees are now having to work much longer before retirement and age discrimination remains an issue employers need to be alert to and able to deal with. Age discrimination, often referred to ...

New rules for hiring migrant workers

07 December 2020
In the new year freedom of movement between the UK and the European Union (EU) will end and it will have an impact on how employers recruit new staff.On 1 January 2021 a new immigration system will...

Good recovery from ill-informed disciplinary outcome

02 December 2020
What an employer knew and when it knew can be the key in getting justice for an employee subjected to unfair disciplinary action. Following a disciplinary hearing Josie was dismissed for failing...

Adapting a dismissal process during the pandemic

19 October 2020
Life goes on as normal as it can do in the current employment climate and it will unfortunately mean that employees will lose their jobs for any number of reasons.Hundreds of thousands of jobs have...

Unfair disciplinary process after an accident waiting to happen

14 October 2020
Having been injured in an accident at work, branded a liar and then sacked, things really could not get much worse for Miriam.Food factory worker Miriam slipped on a milk spillage an...

Dealing with a breach of the employment contract

15 June 2020
Working relationships encounter problems and rarely last forever and often the key to resolving a problem can be found in an employment contract.An employment contract is a legally binding document...

News 13 - 19th July 2019

19 July 2019
This week’s edition looks at recent Case Law which provides much needed clarity on three issues. Firstly, a case dealing with ‘restrictive covenants’ (for the first time in 100 years). The case in ...

News 11 - 18 April 2019

19 April 2019
Continuing where we left off last week, we have the new rates which have recently been published in respect of unfair dismissal awards including basic minimum compensatory levels and additional awa...

Secret recording at work for disciplinary

21 November 2018
There are times when an employee may lose trust in their manager and perhaps do something they should not.It’s fair to say that Eric in his six years working as an engineer had a fractious relation...

The right to Appeal against dismissal

27 July 2018
It is or should be a worry for any business when employing an individual who may not have the right to work in the UK, especially when you understand what is at stake. There has been increased meas...

Reaching out for a helping hand with HR matters

24 July 2018
From time to time we can all do with some assistance to manage the demands, pace and challenges of the modern workplace.Finding time to complete routine tasks let alone essential ones is an ongoing...

Noting the particulars of the employment contract

09 July 2018
Ask most employees what is in their employment contract and the chances are they will know the main points, may guess at others and there may be some oohing and aahing.Filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn (1) ...

Being Unfairly Disciplined?

06 June 2018
Left feeling sick and hurt by the actions of an unfair manager When retail supervisor Madeleine got a telephone call at work that all working parents dread…she could never have imagined what w...

Legal update

25 May 2018
Timing of Notice of TerminationWhere an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given, when does notice of termination take effect? Is it (i) when the letter would have been de...

Employers Have No Excuse to Underpay Staff

26 January 2017
It is illegal not to pay employees the National Minimum Wage and there can be no real excuse for doing so.Channel 4 documentary Undercover: Britain’s Cheap Clothes scheduled to be broadcast tonight...

Zero-Hours Contracts on the Rise: More and More Employers are opting for zero-hours contracts.

12 September 2016
The use of zero-hours contracts is on the rise but the continued use of contentious employment agreement continues to attract widespread criticism.A zero-hours contract between an employe...
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