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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...

The thin line between banter and bullying.

07 September 2020
There is a current trend for comments that cause serious offence to be dismissed as banter – or ‘bantz’ if you were probably born in the 1990s or thereafter.The fear is banter is becoming a friendl...

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...

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...

Playing it safe and considering mitigation to avoid a disciplinary hazard

12 August 2020
Patrick was caught bang to rights when he committed a serious health and safety breach at work.The building worker was filmed cutting wood without wearing safety glasses. The evidence was irrefutab...

A dream ending to a disciplinary mess

05 August 2020
Whatever the reason employees will often know when their time with an employer is coming to an end as the signs can be very clear beforehand.For shop manager Gina it’s no exaggeration to say it rea...

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...

Recruitment challenges and the innovation helping to get the job done.

21 July 2020
There is a saying that we are defined by the choices we make and for those working in recruitment it is highly appropriate.Choosing the right candidate for a job can be a thankless task at the best...

Learning the hard way that failing to be on your best behaviour at all times can lead to disciplinary trouble.

09 July 2020
Valuable lessons can be learned during away training days including ones about the serious repercussions that can follow any alleged bad behaviourExperienced car part sales advisor Greg faced the t...

Is there really anything to fear with performance management?

07 July 2020
The mere mention of a performance management meeting can fill any employee with dread.Rightly or wrongly it has long been associated with failure, underperformance and a certain pathway to dismissa...

Don’t let a grievance have a negative impact on the bottom line

22 June 2020
Resolving an employee grievance amicably and quickly is always best and it can save valuable time and money.Unresolved or protracted workplace conflict can have serious consequences for any busines...

Justice prevails after police intervention leads to workplace problem

18 June 2020
Being arrested for a criminal offence and admitting wrongdoing can have serious repercussions for an employee.Jonah did not tell his employer that he had  been arrested for leaving his child h...

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...

A second bite at the disciplinary cherry can leave a nasty taste

10 June 2020
Being cleared of a disciplinary allegation is a huge relief…so facing the threat of dismissal many months later for exactly the same allegation can be an enormous shock.It is fair to say that Emma,...

Coronavirus and absence management

08 June 2020
The deadly impact of coronavirus has undoubtedly changed the way we live and it will inevitably impact on absence management in the future.The current government advice is that anyone who has teste...

How does being off sick work?

01 June 2020
It’s probably a safe bet to say that most of us will not achieve something Jim Owen did during his working life, but the chances are that you’ve never heard of him.The dedicated council surveyor wa...

The disciplinary problems created by innocent comments taken the wrong way

27 May 2020
For any manager wrongly accused of harassment it can be a nightmare experience fighting to clear their name. Leisure centre boss Jonathan was devastated when he was suspended from work for mak...

Calculating redundancy pay

26 May 2020
Fear of the financial impact of redundancy is usually a main concern with the news of any potential job losses.The coronavirus pandemic has led to a wave of redundancies and left tens of thousands ...

Employer at fault for poor performance during a disciplinary process

20 May 2020
When you lose trust and confidence in any type of relationship regaining it is usually extremely difficult if not impossible.It is certainly not uncommon for an employer to attempt to use a loss of...

Extra care needed when dealing with disciplinary allegations

06 May 2020
For anyone working in a care home putting vulnerable residents at serious risk of harm is perhaps one of the worst allegations they can possibly face.Helen was horrified when such an allegation was...