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The thin line between banter and bullying.

07 September 2020
There is a current trend for comments that cause serious offence to be dismissed as banter – or ‘bantz’ if you were probably born in the 1990s or thereafter.The fear is banter is becoming a friendl...

Losing your job but maintaining the right to be treated fairly

26 August 2020
If you were told you were at risk of redundancy and made redundant the following day, what would you do?In recent months tens of thousands of employees have lost their jobs by way of redundancy.Man...

Sacked for being pregnant

01 July 2020
The bad news that can follow the good news of a pregnancy announcement at workFor an expectant mum the thought of a new arrival can be a joyous time but unfortunately the response of an employer ca...

The aim of disciplinary action and factors to consider

29 June 2020
Most people are likely to agree an employee deserves to be punished if they do something wrong -  but is it how disciplinary action should really work?The disciplinary procedure is the formal ...

Challenging if a redundancy proposal is being used as an excuse to dismiss

24 June 2020
Most of us will have been in a position where financial concerns have caused our employer to review how it operates – and the impact of that can be extremely serious.In Davina’s case she was told s...

How to conduct a fair disciplinary hearing and avoid getting it wrong

09 March 2020
‘It’s not fair’ may sound like an unwelcome protest from an unhappy child, but when it’s said in relation to a disciplinary process it should be taken very seriously.An employer’s failure to conduc...

Dismissed because of depression

12 February 2020
No consideration of poor mental health in decision to dismissWhat an employer knew and when it knew it can be crucial when an employee challenges a decision to dismiss them.Nursery worker Michelle ...

Unpicking the detail of the evidence to get a just disciplinary outcome

29 January 2020
An employee can be forgiven for thinking everything is against them when facing disciplinary action and witness statements appear to go against them,GP receptionist Molly faced the threat of dismis...

What an employer needs to know about the HR policies required by law

03 December 2019
What an employer needs to know about the HR policies required by lawPolicies are important in any walk of life and for an employer they play a key role in outlining its approach to a range of cruci...

Out with the old and in with the new to manage staff performance?

25 November 2019
Out with the old and in with the new to manage staff performance? Crucial to the success of any business enterprise is the performance of its staff and getting the best out of employees needs ...

I'm being forced out of my job

13 November 2019
The hard work in getting an employer to rethink unfair restructuring plansSuch has been the financial climate in the past decade that there are likely to be employees who have been through more tha...

How does disciplinary action work?

11 November 2019
By now we all know what is required to conduct a fair disciplinary process, but ensuring it actually is fair is not always straightforward.An employer’s disciplinary procedure should be documented ...

Pregnancy Dismissal

06 November 2019
When good news eventually comes after some really bad news. At some stage we’ve probably all been faced with the question: what do you want first, the good news or the bad news?In this scenario, we...

The trouble when what is caught on camera is not what it seems

09 October 2019
There can be nothing worse and getting caught up in somebody else’s wrongdoing and for it to leave you fighting to save your job.When the Claire contacted the Castle Associates Employee Support Cen...

Making the right decision to avoid an unfair dismissal claim during redundancy

07 October 2019
When an employer is considering redundancies it is a difficult time for all concerned and getting it wrong can prove costly.Employees may be automatically unfairly dismissed for reasons of redundan...

Left feeling sick after being dismissed while ill

25 September 2019
When Sarah was dismissed for failing to follow the absence reporting procedure it really did add insult to injury.The 32-year-old, from t Bristol, suffered serious back and leg injuries in a road t...

When being quick to judge can delay justice

10 July 2019
Rightly or wrongly we may at times unfairly judge a person based on what we believe is right or wrong.For anyone who has ever fallen foul of the law this can create significant problems when it com...

Short service dismissal

29 May 2019
Short service dismissalWhenever we start a new job we are always keen to make a good early impression.There can be nothing worse than thinking that you are doing a good job only to be unexpectedly ...

Unfairly dismissed for poor performance when ill health is to blame

13 March 2019
Being sacked from a job can be a huge shock and when it’s the result of unlawful treatement it is even worse. Fatima, a restaurant worker for just under five years, was dismissed for poor perf...

News 18 - 25 Jan 2019

25 January 2019
This week we will take a look at a handful of issues the government is addressing to try to improve the working lives of people with stress and mental health problems along with those who identify ...
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