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Unfair disciplinary action because of disability

11 November 2020
Working with a disability and a lack of meaningful support can be difficult and create serious problems for an employee.Jamie, a type 1 diabetic, worked in a pub serving food and drink when he face...

Tackling mental health concerns while working during lockdown

09 November 2020
A lockdown-related mental health crisis is likely to have serious consequences for employers and work will be needed to combat it. It is feared that restrictions imposed to prevent the sprea...

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 ...

News 24-30 October 2020

30 October 2020
As the United Kingdom dissolves in a fit of tiers, this weeks news brings more COVID essential issues for employers and employees alike.As an estimated 37% of employers now face having to make redu...

Be aware of the working from home video nasty

26 October 2020
Bad behaviour captured on camera is nothing new, but with more of us working online it may just create a new problem for employers to deal with.Work-related misbehaviour of any type will always nee...

A playground-related fight to beat an unfair disciplinary allegation

21 October 2020
Teaching assistant Sam loved working in school and adored the children, so it was her worst nightmare to be accused of deliberately injuring a pupil. Sam faced a fight to save her job after the par...

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...

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...

Landmark case highlights need to combat all forms of discrimination.

12 October 2020
The huge cost of failing to tackle discrimination in the workplace has once again been highlighted in a landmark tribunal ruling.A gender-fluid worker was awarded £180,000 after being subjected to ...

News 01-07 October 2020

09 October 2020
Hunter S. Thompson the American journalist and creator of Gonzo Journalism famously declared in his celebrated work on the 1972 Presidential race Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail, ‘wh...

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...

The injustice of being considered guilty of a disciplinary offence before being cleared

30 September 2020
Guilt by association can sometimes be grossly unfair and in Kim’s case it led to her facing the threat of dismissal from her job.The delivery driver/warehouse operative was suspended from work foll...

Coronavirus and Annual Leave

28 September 2020
As we enter autumn we can reflect on a summer like no other, and one that created confusion and havoc with travel plans and annual leave entitlement. The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has decimat...

Rishi Sunak announces the Winter Support Plan

24 September 2020
News 18-24 September 2020 BREAKING NEWS AS WE GO TO PRESSRishi Sunak announces the Winter Support Plan which will begin as the furlough scheme ends on 31 October 2020.  Effectively, employees ...

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...

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...

News 3-10 September 2020

11 September 2020
As autumn approaches in the most bizarre medical crisis of recent global history, and a second COVID-19 wave seems set to break across the lower back the nation, three recent court rulings are wort...