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Celebrating 10 Years of Supporting Clients

07 September 2018
September 2018 marks the 10th year of Castle Associates successfully supporting Employees and Employers with work place issues.Castle Associates have grown year on year and are proud to have provid...

Facing disciplinary action following a bungled investigation by management

15 August 2018
Barney would be the first to admit that he didn’t always see eye to eye with his boss in a boisterous and volatile workplace.The pair had disagreements, rows but generally worked well together. The...

Employment Law Update

20 July 2018
Interim ReliefDoes 'likely' (in the context of the threshold for interim relief under s129(1) ERA 1996) simply mean 'more likely than not'?No, held the EAT in Wollenberg v Global Gaming Ventur...

Keeping your cool to get the most out of an appraisal

16 July 2018
There is a risk that an appraisal meeting can turn into the type of slanging match you see on a popular TV talk show, but done properly it can have huge benefits.The Jeremey Kyle Show (1) usually f...

Noting the particulars of the employment contract

09 July 2018
Ask most employees what is in their employment contract and the chances are they will know the main points, may guess at others and there may be some oohing and aahing.Filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn (1) ...

A poor review of performance management

02 July 2018
The mere mention of performance management is enough to fill some employees with dread.While the process is viewed negatively by some staff, it can be a force for the good if applied correctly.Ther...

Avoiding dismissal when it seems inevitable

27 June 2018
There are some disciplinary offences that if admitted can almost guarantee an employee will be dismissed - and theft of company stock is definitely one of them.If you add to that, that the employee...

Being Unfairly Disciplined?

06 June 2018
Left feeling sick and hurt by the actions of an unfair manager When retail supervisor Madeleine got a telephone call at work that all working parents dread…she could never have imagined what w...

The role of the trade union rep

28 May 2018
When working relationships breakdown, are under threat or become strained the role of a trade union representative can be invaluable.Opinions and views on the role, aims and usefulness of a trade u...

Things you should know if you’re worried sick when off work with an illness

21 May 2018
Being off work sick can be difficult time for any employee and knowing what to expect from your employer can be an added worry.Phoning in work sick is always a difficult call to make and employees ...

When writing an email spells disciplinary trouble for an employee

15 May 2018
For an employee facing disciplinary action based on an incident that occurred a while ago it is likely to come as a shock.So you can imagine Carlton’s horror when he was invited to a disciplinary h...

The helping hand of a trade union in the workplace

05 March 2018
It’s fair to say that trade unions and their representatives have had a bad press that can detract from the crucial role they play in the workplace.There have been previous newspaper headlines abou...

The importance of HR

12 February 2018
Human Resources management is often viewed as a guard dog for bad management and business owners and it is a role that has certainly divided opinion.An online article (1) published last year listed...

Taking the Day of Because of Bad Weather

26 January 2017
It’s that time of year when for many employees getting into work is a job in itself.Recent metrological warnings of ‘thundersnow’, plummeting temperatures, severe flooding and strong winds highligh...

Fun and Games; The Office Christmas Party

05 December 2016
By now we’re accustomed to the festive season arriving with a raft of seasonal warnings…among them is the danger posed by the office Christmas party.It is traditionally a time for staff to let thei...

Euro 2016 Workplace Policy: Avoid showing staff the red card during a summer of sport

12 June 2016
With a bumper summer of sport on the way a new study has revealed four in ten men are prepared to take a sickie to make sure they do not miss out on the action (1,2). The research by Grosvenor Casi...

April Fools’ Day and the workplace prank

21 March 2016
Playing practical jokes on 1 April is a tradition that is centuries old - but it can cause modern day problems in the workplace. Despite having no official recognition April Fools’ Day is about mak...

Monitoring internet and email usage in the workplace

25 January 2016
While the case of a Romanian engineer being fired after his bosses are said to have snooped on his emails made national headlines in the past week, it is worth remembering that this is nothing new....

It may be Christmas but it is business as usual

17 December 2015
While the thoughts of many employees are now focusing on spending time off work over the festive period…it will be business as usual for many.Different opening hours, varying demands for a service ...

The office Christmas bash and the unwanted hangover

10 December 2015
It’s that time of year again when the office Christmas Party can leave employers with an unwelcome headache.While the festive shenanigans at the work bash can be great fun, any inappropriate behavi...
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