HR New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year again, when we open Advent calendars, tuck in to mince pies, and employment lawyers usually trot out ‘bah humbug’ articles about work Christmas parties.

Well, if you are lucky enough to have a Christmas party this year, we expect you are probably already aware of what you need to bear in mind (if by any chance you’re not, click here!).

So instead, we thought we’d look forward to 2012 and suggest some work-related resolutions for you.

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Who’s your employee married to?

If people are going to get married, it is important that they choose the right partner. Blindingly obvious perhaps, but what has this got to do with employment?  Potentially quite a lot, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Dunn v Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management [2011].

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Show me the money – bonuses and potential issues

Recent research by Unum and Personnel Today shows that 55% of employers are continuing to operate bonus schemes despite the recession. Bonuses can be a huge attraction for recruitment into businesses and indeed, are expected in many sectors. However, problems can arise when the rules of any bonus scheme are unclear or aren’t documented. Read more

Tribunal fees – consultation document released

In our last ebulletin we explained that the consultation regarding employment law reforms, including the proposal to charge fees in Tribunal cases, would be launched soon. The consultation document was released yesterday and makes interesting reading (although be warned, it is 84 pages long!). Read more

The Sack Race? Free seminar on the forthcoming Employment Law reforms

This event is now fully booked, but if you would like your name to be added to the reserve list, please let us know. We are also running the seminar again on 2 February 2012 – see here. Read more

Protected Conversations – all the latest on the proposed employment law reforms

As previously reported on these updates (find our previous article here), the Government is keen to make changes to employment law as it sees the current state of employment protection as a deterrent to recruitment and job creation. Further details of some of the Government’s ideas were announced last week. Read more

Holiday and sickness – yet more news!

In this article we look at two recent decisions – one in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and another in the European Court of Justice, and how they affect an employee’s holiday entitlement when they are on long-term sickness absence. Read more

Can an employer retract a mistaken dismissal?

It has long been established that as a matter of law, once a dismissal or a resignation has been communicated to the other party, then it is effective.  There is a commonly held view that a resignation has to be accepted, but that is not accurate – both dismissal and resignation are unilateral acts (see our previous article here on resignation myths). Read more

Tribunal tribulations – the latest reforms

As most of you will know from the news, Chancellor George Osborne announced some headline reforms on the law of unfair dismissal and the Employment Tribunal system at the recent Conservative Party Conference.  The two significant changes announced were the increase in the qualifying period of employment required to bring an unfair dismissal claim from one year to two years with effect from April 2012, and the introduction of fees for claimants wanting to bring claims in the Employment Tribunal.  Read more

Employment references – is being honest always fair?

This article originally appeared in People Management Online.

References are a notoriously tricky area – if the comments are too positive, they risk claims from future employers, and if they are too negative, they risk claims from ex-employees. This is one reason why many employers have a policy of sticking to the bare minimum of information and giving only dates of employment and job title. However, a recent case may provide a glimmer of hope for those who want to give more information. Read more

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