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Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

30 May 2017 by Peter Stevens

When people move jobs, prospective new employers often ask the employee’s former employer for a reference. The person giving the reference is under a duty to both the subject of the reference and the recipient, i.e. the prospective employer. That duty is not too onerous, but does require the reference to be factual... read more »

The General Election and employment law - update

The General Election and employment law - update

31 May 2017 by Marianne Wright

Following on from the announcement of the General Election to be held on 8 June, and Nicola’s article last month, we have summarised some of the key proposals relating to workers’ rights and changes to employment law put forward by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats now that they have published... read more »

A word on the EU General Data Protection Regulation

A word on the EU General Data Protection Regulation

30 May 2017 by Anna Rabone

As the drama of Brexit unfolds, the UK is starting to have to make decisions about which forthcoming EU legislation it will take on board despite being in the process of exiting the EU. One piece of EU legislation that has been confirmed as being part of the UK legal landscape in the... read more »

The folly of forced

The folly of forced "retirement"

30 May 2017 by Peter Stevens

It is now over 6 years since the default retirement age of 65 was abolished, but some employers still haven’t accepted that. We have advised several clients on how to address an ageing workforce, and in the main they have managed to deal with issues fairly with the employee, and at the same... read more »

All by myself? Employees and the right to be accompanied

All by myself? Employees and the right to be accompanied

31 May 2017 by Marianne Wright

Employees (and workers) have the right to be accompanied by a trade union representative or a fellow worker of their choice at a disciplinary or grievance hearing (section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999). If an employer does not allow the employee their right to be accompanied, the employee can bring a claim... read more »