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What is classed as disability at work

04 May 2020
Don’t pay the high cost of failing to support an employee with a disabilityNews of a bank worker being awarded £4.7m for disability discrimination should serve as a timely reminder, if ever one was...

How the wrong information can cause serious disciplinary problems

29 April 2020
Every employee should know the importance of protecting sensitive company data and be fully aware of the risks of failing to do so.Confidential business information generally refers to in...

What you can expect at a fair grievance hearing

02 March 2020
We live in an age when people are not afraid to complain, but do you really know what to expect if you lodge a formal complaint at work? You can raise a formal grievance at work at any time fo...

How to avoid that sickly feeling by managing absence in the right way

17 February 2020
We all know that there are laws that govern the employer and employee working relationship, so you could be forgiven for asking: what legislation actually covers absence management?There are no spe...

Disciplinary after Christmas party

08 January 2020
The nasty hangover that can follow the Christmas doIt’s that time of year when most of us are probably counting the cost of Christmas and for those alleged to have misbehaved at the work festive pa...

Working to make the message clear when there is no evidence of wrongdoing

30 December 2019
Working to make the message clear when there is no evidence of wrongdoingMost of us will take responsibility for our own actions but to be blamed for wrongdoing by others and left fighting to save ...

What an employer needs to know about the HR policies required by law

03 December 2019
What an employer needs to know about the HR policies required by law Policies are important in any walk of life and for an employer they play a key role in outlining its approach to a range ...

Being treated differently for disciplinary

20 November 2019
The problem with the inconsistent handling of disciplinary mattersWhen an employer takes a different approach to the same matter it can find both itself and an innocent employee in trouble.Workmate...

I'm being forced out of my job

13 November 2019
The hard work in getting an employer to rethink unfair restructuring plansSuch has been the financial climate in the past decade that there are likely to be employees who have been through more tha...

How does disciplinary action work?

11 November 2019
By now we all know what is required to conduct a fair disciplinary process, but ensuring it actually is fair is not always straightforward. An employer’s disciplinary procedure should be doc...

A word of warning when making what you think is a throwaway comment

30 October 2019
Dispatch manager Kevin was relieved when he was cleared of any wrongdoing for comparing a colleague to a girl.He was facing dismissal after he confronted a workmate over an incorrect order, which h...

The importance of an absence management procedure that is fit for purpose

21 October 2019
The ill-effect of sickness absence can hit employers hard and managing it effectively can help to ensure a business stays in good shape. It is where the benefit of having a good absence mana...

Calling time on unfair work pressure

16 October 2019
We can all suffer from work-related stress from time-to-time and how Fatima reacted to it left her facing the threat of dismissal.The senior care home worker was alleged to have snapped at her boss...

How to avoid feeling even worse when having to take time off work sick

14 October 2019
If you are unwell and unable to attend work knowing what to do and what is expected of you can ensure your return to work is a smooth one. The last thing you need when off sick is the added ...

The work that can be done to prevent race discrimination in the workplace

30 September 2019
The work that can be done to prevent race discrimination in the workplaceRace discrimination is abhorrent and combatting it should be a top priority for all employers.Employers are advised to take ...

Left feeling sick after being dismissed while ill

25 September 2019
When Sarah was dismissed for failing to follow the absence reporting procedure it really did add insult to injury.The 32-year-old, from t Bristol, suffered serious back and leg injuries in a road t...

The trade union right to represent

09 September 2019
In times of desperate need knowing where to turn for help is vital and for employees that assistance can be in the shape of a trade union or its representative.There are number of situations that o...

The battle to keep a job, with a tragic start and happy ending

21 August 2019
The battle to keep a job, with a tragic start and happy endingAn employee on probation or with short service can feel completely helpless when facing the threat of dismissal.If an employee is dismi...

Doing the right thing eventually pays off

05 June 2019
Doing the right thing eventually pays offDuring their working life some employees are likely to face a serious dilemma and if it means defying your boss it takes tremendous courage – and there can ...

How HR can help managers

08 April 2019
The role of HR in helping managers to manage.A good working relationship between managers and human resources (HR) is crucial in the effective running of any business.While the responsibilities of ...