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Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

29 May 2018 by Nicola Brown

Usually, most people would tend to associate gross misconduct with situations where an employee has committed one particularly serious act (or omission). Staff handbooks and policies tend to list examples of offences that can amount to potential gross misconduct, and these are generally the most serious, such as theft, fraud and bullying. In fact, even in... read more »

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

30 May 2018 by Peter Stevens

It is quite common to have a clause in an agreement which states something along the lines that any changes to the agreement have to be in writing. So what happens if the parties agree to vary the terms verbally, and then one party insists that the variation is not effective as it... read more »

Shared parental leave policies could be discriminatory against men

Shared parental leave policies could be discriminatory against men

30 May 2018 by Marianne Wright

Last month, we reported on the case of Capita v Ali, one of two cases on shared parental leave being heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). In Capita v Ali, the EAT held that it was not direct sex discrimination to pay enhanced maternity pay to mothers on maternity leave,... read more »