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Policy and Procedure

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, ...

Dealing with bullying at work

23 November 2020
The question as to how employers should deal with bullying in the workplace has made headlines – and it’s a question that cannot be ignored.Bullying is always a highly emotive and difficult issue f...

An unusual disciplinary case where there really was smoke without fire.

18 November 2020
Surveillance cameras are everywhere, so we know if we do something wrong there is a good chance it may be caught on film.Employees have been fired for wrongdoing captured on video, which means the ...

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...

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...

A helping hand to make a good recovery after the sickly feeling of being unfairly dismissed

23 September 2020
An employee can be dismissed for any number of reasons but there are some decisions, such as the one in Dane’s case that can leave you dumbfounded.The medical sales worker was sacked for failing to...

Call for workplace drug testing to help combat the scourge of drug crime

21 September 2020
Employers can play a role in the fight against widespread drug use by randomly testing employees for Class A drugs.London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, recently said if he is elected, he wou...

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...

Making a snap decision with CCTV footage to support an allegation

09 September 2020
There is a well-known saying that the camera never lies… and it is one that employers seem to adopt when considering CCTV footage in disciplinary matters.Stan was a secondary school teacher who was...

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...

Managing the risk and preventing the spread of deadly coronavirus in the workplace

24 August 2020
In the current climate employers are facing many new and difficult challenges and protecting staff from coronavirus (Covid-19) is of paramount importance.Workplaces have to be safe. Employers must ...

In need of a helping hand to ensure a disciplinary hearing is a fair fight

19 August 2020
Combative Jan was no stranger to a fight but she found herself in desperate need of help when she faced an unfair battle to save her job.At a disciplinary hearing the shop worker, who was also a ma...

A need for fairness in the extraordinary times we are living in

17 August 2020
The phrase ‘these are unprecedented times’ has been much used recently but it should not become a convenient excuse to treat employees unfairly.The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has changed many ...

Discrimination in job adverts

03 August 2020
Searching for the ideal job candidate is a job in itself and in doing so employers have to be extra careful not to fall foul of the law.In all aspects of life when we know what we want, the hard pa...

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...

How the wrong information can cause serious disciplinary problems

29 April 2020
Every employee should know the importance of protecting sensitive company data and be fully aware of the risks of failing to do so.Confidential business information generally refers to in...

The working relationship involving HR and employment law

25 February 2020
Viewed in some quarters as the enforcers in the employment relationship Human Resources (HR) play a crucial role in ensuring an employer acts legally.There is an image of HR in which it hires and f...

Redundancy and Takeover

03 February 2020
For an employee the takeover of the company they work for can be a time of great uncertainty and spark real fear about what the future holds.A new owner may have their own ideas about how they wish...
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