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Millions of workers need urgent protection from unfair dismissal

01 February 2021
There are fears that in the coming months more jobs will be lost and one in four workers will not be protected from unfair dismissal. It is reported that about 7.5 million employees began this y...

News 14 - 25 January 2021

29 January 2021
This week’s News begins with the inauguration of new US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris we will watch to see the impact of their influence on future trade and with it employmen...

Is fear forcing employees to work when they should self-isolate

25 January 2021
Job insecurity and financial worries is causing employees to break the law and attend work when they should be self-isolating, according to research. An employee who should be self-isolating s...

Can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine?

18 January 2021
  A question many employees are likely to ask in the coming weeks and months is: can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine? The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been devastating and c...

New Year but the same challenges to overcome in getting back to work

04 January 2021
The start of a new year has understandably been dominated  by talk of coronavirus (Covid-19) and it is expected to continue to impact on employment in 2021. The highly contagious and deadly viru...

News 4 - 16 December 2020

18 December 2020
This week is the last full round up of Employment News for 2020.  Without wanting to mumble too many over sentimental platitudes I think its fair to say that this year has been filled with Gremlins...

A different kind of office Christmas party

14 December 2020
It’s the time of year when the office Christmas party would usually be the talk of the workplace, but it’s bound to be different this year. Working from home, varying local lockdown restrictions...

A disciplinary process that was a crying shame.

09 December 2020
  Failing to care for a distressed and injured child is one of the most devastating allegations a nursery worker can face. It was an allegation levelled against Sophie when she faced what she b...

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...

Monitoring remote workers in the comfort of their own homes

30 November 2020
Employers have the right to observe employees at work, but they may need to adapt if they wish to do so for those now working from home.We are well aware that CCTV is fitted throughout workplaces, ...

Successfully challenging a decision to dismiss.

25 November 2020
When bus driver Scott was dismissed for refusing to take a drugs test the outcome appeared a forgone conclusion.The bus operator that Scott worked for carried out random drug and alcohol testing ac...

Tackling mental health concerns while working during lockdown

09 November 2020
A lockdown-related mental health crisis is likely to have serious consequences for employers and work will be needed to combat it.It is feared that restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of cor...

Fighting back and refusing to accept unfair disciplinary process.

04 November 2020
You generally know when you are being treated unfairly, but preventing it can be more difficult than it really should be.You don’t necessarily need to be an employment law expert to recognise when ...

Furlough scheme extended

02 November 2020
The timing of the announcement to extend the furlough scheme will have brought some relief too many, but what does it now mean?The scheme was due to end on 31 October and set to be replaced by the ...

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...

Landmark case highlights need to combat all forms of discrimination.

12 October 2020
The huge cost of failing to tackle discrimination in the workplace has once again been highlighted in a landmark tribunal ruling.A gender-fluid worker was awarded £180,000 after being subjected to ...

A disciplinary process that really did leave a nasty taste

07 October 2020
The change of ownership of a business can be a worrying and uncertain time for any employee.However, restaurant manager Chanel felt reassured when she met the new owners of...

Sacked During the Probationary Period and With Less than Two Years’ Service

16 September 2020
When Frank contacted Castle Associates for help with a dismissal appeal he admits he did not expect too much – but he did get his desired outcome.Frank, a carer, was distraught when he was dismisse...
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