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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 »

Flushing out employment status issues

Flushing out employment status issues

Hot on the wheels of the recent Employment Tribunal decisions that Uber drivers and a CitySprint courier were workers (rather than self-employed), the Court of Appeal has recently considered another case of employment status, this time in relation to a plumber working for Pimlico Plumbers. The... read more »

Like a prayer – employees attending religious festivals

Like a prayer – employees attending religious festivals

Holiday requests from employees are usually straightforward, but sometimes difficulties can arise. For example, what about an employee requesting a lengthy period of time off? Most employers limit holiday to no more than two consecutive weeks at a time, unless agreed otherwise on occasions. The added complication can be where... read more »

Dress codes requiring female workers to wear high heels – a tall order?

Dress codes requiring female workers to wear high heels – a tall order?

You may have seen the press coverage last year (and our previous article) about Nicola Thorp who worked as a temporary receptionist. Her agency, Portico, had a dress code in place at the time which required female staff to wear heels of between two and four inches.... read more »

Dismissing employees with short service - traps for the unwary

Dismissing employees with short service - traps for the unwary

We are often asked by our employer clients for advice on dismissing employees who have less than 2 years’ service – the qualification period employees need in order to bring a claim for ordinary unfair dismissal (strictly it is 103 weeks' service). Generally the advice is straightforward, and those clients who... read more »

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