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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...

News 3 - 15 February 2021

19 February 2021
So to another week of COVID and stories to match.   The TUC has called for a further extension of the furlough scheme in order to save jobs.(1)  Con-tractor UK raises the issue of the HMRC chec...

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...

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...

Finding the hidden evidence in a message to ensure justice is served

27 January 2021
Marketing executive Selina knew the value of words, creating a good impression and the importance of sending the right message. So, it can be seen as ironic that an inappropriate WhatsApp messag...

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...
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