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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

News 26 January - 2 February 2021

05 February 2021
As we start a new month we continue to focus on COVID and bring numerous articles which reflect the hope of the recently introduced vaccine.  Welcome to visions of the post-COVID world. Our firs...

The sickly feeling with being unfairly selected for redundancy

03 February 2021
Production operative John was left feeling sick when first informed he had been selected for redundancy in a process he was convinced was unfair. For any employee news of workplace redundancies ...

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...

Case Study - Redundancy

20 January 2021
The situation Anna was employed by an international travel firm for five years. She had been promoted twice to a senior management position and managed three colleagues. When she became pregnant...

Finding the right words to get a fair outcome when banter causes a problem

13 January 2021
How people act and talk in work can create huge problems when it comes to determining what is inappropriate behaviour. Most workplaces will have what is considered a culture of ‘banter’ in which...

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...

New rules but same old problem with an unfair disciplinary process.

06 January 2021
Last year saw dramatic changes to the way in which we now work and the introduction of strict new workplace rules, which left Sheena fighting to save her job. Restaurant worker Sheena was suspen...

Correcting a disciplinary process that sends out the wrong message.

23 December 2020
Despite the many advances in technology, the text message has not yet become a suitable replacement for a disciplinary hearing. Maintenance Technician Des was fired by text after an expletive-la...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Managing concerns about an employee’s performance during a pandemic

20 October 2020
A tricky dilemma facing many employers in the current climate is how do you judge and manage an underperforming employee?The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced us all to assess and change h...
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