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News 16 - 22 July 2021

23 July 2021
Here is the news.    This week we have a large volume of information to get through and saturation of Covid related articles in light of 19 July being ‘freedom day&...

Poor marks for a college disciplinary process

21 July 2021
Whether criticism of a work colleague is ever justified or not, it can cause serious problems.  Shannon was going through the redundancy consultation proces...

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...

Making a bad call with a decision to dismiss

14 July 2021
When Clive faced an allegation of stealing a colleague’s mobile phone he did not think things could get any worse, but he was wrong.  The retail worker faced an alle...

The need for caution and less haste when dealing with employee misconduct

12 July 2021
There can be outrageous acts of gross misconduct for which you believe an employee deserves to be sacked on the spot, but doing so is never a good idea.  There have been a number of repo...

Should I smile if caught on camera at work?

06 July 2021
Revealing CCTV footage played a central role in the resignation of Matt Hancock, so it is worth focusing and taking a much closer look at the use of surveillance cameras in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The legal requirement to do at least the bare minimum to pay employees what they are entitled to

11 January 2021
Those familiar with the naming and shaming of employers failing to pay staff the minimum wage will not have been surprised to see the latest list included some very well-known names. The governm...

News 17 December 2020 - 5 January 2021

08 January 2021
Happy New Year to you all and we kick off the first news of 2021 with a catch up on the last two weeks of December and the first few days of the year. As we left 2020 fairly tightly locked down ...

Reflecting on the year and looking forward to the new year

21 December 2020
It’s that time of year when we tend to look back on the last 12 months and look forward to the New Year and what it may bring. The year 2020 has been one like no other in recent memory.  The way...

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...
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