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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We update you on significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. Our database of articles is fully searchable and covers nearly every employment law topic you can think of! Please use the search function (at the top right of the page) to find articles on the topics that interest you.

Purely thrilled!

Purely thrilled!

1 November 2018 by Nicola Brown

We are delighted to confirm that yet again we have been recognised as a top firm in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners, the UK's guide to the legal profession. In addition, Peter and Nicola have both again been rated as 'notable practitioners' in employment law. The Chambers guides determine their ratings through... read more »

Setting the record straight – asking applicants about their criminal record

Setting the record straight – asking applicants about their criminal record

30 November 2018 by Nicola Brown

Some of you may have seen the statistics recently which claimed that “1 in 5 employers break the law in asking candidates about their criminal record.” In my view that was potentially misleading, and I thought it would be helpful for me to explain the position further. For most jobs, the disclosure of criminal... read more »

Colleagues unable to work together - which to sack?

Colleagues unable to work together - which to sack?

30 November 2018 by Peter Stevens

Who would want to be an employer in this situation? You have two employees who can’t work together. You have tried everything you reasonably can to resolve the issues between them, but to no avail. You don’t really want to get rid of either of them, but given the situation you have no... read more »

Is it always reasonable to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

Is it always reasonable to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

30 November 2018 by Marianne Wright

As employers, you have a legal duty to take reasonable care of the health, safety and welfare of your employees. If an employee is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription or illegal drugs) then you may be expected to take action to protect them and others. The... read more »

Individuals can be personally liable for whistleblowing claims

Individuals can be personally liable for whistleblowing claims

22 October 2018 by Nicola Brown

It has been the case for a long time that individuals can be held personally liable for acts of discrimination, so (for example) a manager who refuses to promote a woman because of her pregnancy can be named as a Respondent in her Employment Tribunal claim for discrimination, alongside the employer. We have... read more »

Can you make someone redundant when they are off sick?

Can you make someone redundant when they are off sick?

22 October 2018 by Nicola Brown

I thought I would write about this topic as it is something that has cropped up (by coincidence) with several of my employer clients over the past few weeks. In particular, we have come across several situations where the employee avoids attending consultation meetings, is then signed off work with stress and refuses... read more »

The importance of a fair procedure

The importance of a fair procedure

19 October 2018 by Peter Stevens

The test of whether or not a dismissal is fair or unfair in law is set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996. This provides that it is for the employer to show that they dismissed the employee for one of the potentially fair reasons (conduct, capability, redundancy, breach of a statutory enactment,... read more »

After the after-party - vicarious liability

After the after-party - vicarious liability

22 October 2018 by Marianne Wright

It’s been nearly 2 years since we first reported on the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment in our article, ‘Christmas time, fisticuffs and wine’. In summary, the case related to a managing director who assaulted one of his employees at a spontaneous after-party which followed the work Christmas do. Unfortunately, the... read more »

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