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News 11 - 16 June 2022

17 June 2022
Hello and welcome to this week’s news. Our first story looks at continuing regional wealth disparities despite home working.(1)Care workers in Bristol are set to strike over ‘cruel’ hire-and-re-hi...

News 1 - 11 May 2022

13 May 2022
Hello and welcome to this week’s news. As we roll into May the charade continues.  We start with an article from TUC who alleges that three quarters of the UK population believe the governmen...

News 1 - 11 May 2022

13 May 2022
Hello and welcome to this week’s news. As we roll into May the charade continues.  We start with an article from TUC who alleges that three quarters of the UK population believe the governmen...

Will a historic vote and the pandemic trigger a trade union revival?

04 April 2022
A landmark vote by Amazon warehouse workers to form a trade union helps to focus the spotlight on the role an organised association of workers can play in the modern workplace.   Employees a...

New Year and proposed new changes to employment law

20 December 2021
Meta tag: employment law updates 2022 New Year and proposed new changes to employment law It’s the time of year when we look forward to what is to come and it is likely to see some importan...

Warning! Be prepared for workplace disruption with lifting of lockdown restrictions

19 July 2021
Flexibility around working arrangements is now more important than ever before in the ever-changeable work climate.  Increasing numbers of employees being ordered&nbs...

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 ...

The importance of taking time to understand disciplinary issues

16 June 2021
An employee facing the threat of dismissal for poor punctuality will have severely tested the patience of any reasonable employer.  But, when Charlie found himse...

Picture perfect ending to an unsightly disciplinary case

25 May 2021
There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in Esther’s case it meant one thing - trouble.  Night carer Esther is alleged to have been fast asleep when a colleague t...

The menopause and work

15 March 2021
Many employers may have been left asking what can I do? After a study revealed many women hide menopause symptoms at work and will not ask for help. An Opinium survey, commissioned by Vodafone, ...

News 2 - 8 March 2021

12 March 2021
Welcome to the news. Web start by reporting on the removal of the public sector cap on exit payments.(1)   We also highlight a recent EAT decision looking at ‘reasonable steps’ in respect of rac...

Clearing up a disciplinary mess after birthday celebrations

10 March 2021
It’s not uncommon for an employer to confuse what may be a genuine mistake for misconduct  - and it can lead to serious trouble for an employee. Wendy had worked as a cleaner at her local commun...

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...

News 23 February - 1 March 2021

05 March 2021
With the recent announcement of the ‘roadmap’ to guide us all into the dripping sunset of post COVID life, the stories take a decided turn to more family subjects, albeit in many cases still set ag...

Finding the right words to resolve a disciplinary case

03 March 2021
We all like to hear a bit of workplace gossip but there can be situations where things really get out of hand and lead to serious trouble. Spreading malicious rumours about a colleague can be co...

The roadmap out of lockdown and what it will mean for employment

01 March 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on employment and the ramifications will continue to be felt during and after the roadmap out of lockdown. Prime minister Boris Johnson has detaile...

A welcome final destination to an unwelcome trip through the disciplinary process

24 February 2021
When medical sales rep Jesse was threatened with dismissal for failing to report damage to his company vehicle he faced a difficult journey to justice. The serious allegation was levelled agains...

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...

Picking apart a disciplinary case to ensure justice prevails

17 February 2021
Factory supervisor Maria insisted she was firm but fair, while a colleague claimed she was a bully - it was a difference in opinion that left her fighting to save her job. Maria had been in char...

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 ...
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