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The General Election and employment law – and 4 more Bank Holidays?

The General Election and employment law – and 4 more Bank Holidays?

When Theresa May announced that an election will be taking place on 8 June, many people were taken by surprise. The timing of the election and the fact that Parliament shuts down means that there are a number of ways in which planned legal changes may be delayed.... read more »

Coming back to bite – employee fairly dismissed for historic tweets

Coming back to bite – employee fairly dismissed for historic tweets

There can be situations where an employer only finds out about misconduct committed by an employee some time after it occurred. The question is can the employer then do anything about that historical misconduct? A recent Employment Tribunal case examined this question (Creighton v Together Housing Association Ltd). The... read more »

Dismissals for “some other substantial reason”

Dismissals for “some other substantial reason”

Under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996, there are 5 potentially fair reasons why an employer may dismiss an employee. The main ones are: the conduct of the employee, the capability of the employee (which may be their competence in doing the job, or their inability... read more »

Redundancy – but no redundancy pay?

Redundancy – but no redundancy pay?

As we highlighted in Nicola’s previous article, there are situations in which an employee can lose their entitlement to a redundancy payment if they unreasonably refuse an offer of suitable alternative employment from their employer. What makes an alternative role suitable? Whether an alternative role is suitable... read more »

Dismissing employees on long-term sickness absence

Dismissing employees on long-term sickness absence

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 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?

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... read more »

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

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 read more »

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

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.... read more »

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

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... 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

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... read more »

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