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References - useful guidance for employers

References - useful guidance for employers

21 August 2018 by Nicola Brown

The question of references is still a thorny one for many employers. In a large proportion of the cases we deal with, references tend to be limited to the basic factual information (start date, end date, job title). This is often because employers don’t want to risk being sued for giving a poor... read more »

Even a 5 month gap doesn’t stop TUPE!

Even a 5 month gap doesn’t stop TUPE!

21 August 2018 by Nicola Brown

As you may be aware, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply when an undertaking transfers from one entity to another. This can be in situations like mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and insourcing, and changes in contractor. In the vast majority of cases, TUPE transfers are seamless – the employees... read more »

Disciplinary hearings and absent companions – to postpone or not postpone?

Disciplinary hearings and absent companions – to postpone or not postpone?

31 August 2018 by Marianne Wright

We have previously covered an employee’s right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union rep at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. As we explained in our previous article, if an employer fails to allow an employee to exercise this right, the employee could bring a claim for breach of... read more »

Love thy colleague

Love thy colleague

31 August 2018 by Peter Stevens

On average, we spend over 42 hours a week at work. Inevitably, most of us therefore spend a lot of time with colleagues – often more than we do with our families. Most colleagues get on perfectly well, and the work place is the starting point for many lifelong friendships and more than... read more »