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Dismissing employees on long-term sickness absence

Dismissing employees on long-term sickness absence

24 March 2017 by Peter Stevens

Many employers will at some stage be faced with the issue of an employee who is on long-term sickness absence. This can be a difficult issue to deal with, both legally and from a human point of view. The Court of Appeal in the recent case of O’Brien v Bolton St... read more »

Are reasonable adjustments still required if a disabled employee hasn't asked for them?

Are reasonable adjustments still required if a disabled employee hasn't asked for them?

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

The recent case of The Home Office (UK Visas & Immigration) v Kuranchie (2017) concerned whether the Home Office had failed to make reasonable adjustments in relation to a disabled employee. Ms Kuranchie suffered from dyspraxia and dyslexia, and found that due to her disabilities, it took longer for her to complete her... read more »

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

31 March 2017 by Nicola Brown

If you believe everything written in the press (which I am sure most of you don’t!) you would think that the European Court had recently decided employers could lawfully ban headscarves in the workplace. Of course, it isn’t as quite straightforward as that. We look at the recent Achbita v G4S... read more »

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

29 March 2017 by Anna Rabone

Businesses have to consider the security of their data, and in this technical age, that issue is of great importance. One area of particular concern is confidential data which, if it was stolen, could be used to take business away, such as lists of client or customer contact details. Often the risk here... read more »

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

It was recently reported that a former head chef was awarded £36,581 after an Employment Tribunal found he had been unfairly dismissed by his employer for whistleblowing. The chef worked at Number 1 Bar in London and was dismissed having been told that the kitchen was closing. In fact, the kitchen didn’t close and... read more »

Key Dates - increases to national minimum wage, maternity pay and other payments

Key Dates - increases to national minimum wage, maternity pay and other payments

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

A reminder of some key dates for April 2017: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rate increases take effect from 1 April 2017. The new hourly rates will be as follows: National Living Wage (age 25+): £7.50 Standard Adult rate (age 21+): £7.05 Development rate (age 18 - 20): £5.60 Young... read more »