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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

Q&A: Mitigation of loss

Q&A: Mitigation of loss

28 January 2016 by Marianne Wright

Question: A few months ago we dismissed John, an employee with three years’ service, and he brought a claim for unfair dismissal. Although we tried negotiating with him through ACAS, we were unable to agree a settlement - so we are going to the Employment Tribunal to defend the claim. We have recently... read more »

It might as well be Double Dutch!

It might as well be Double Dutch!

28 January 2016 by Peter Stevens

Can an employer lawfully require its employees not to speak their native language in the workplace, but only to speak English? That was the question for the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Kelly v Covance Laboratories Limited. In that case, Mrs Kelly, who is Russian, worked for Covance as... read more »

2015 in Employment Law - our top 10 stories

2015 in Employment Law - our top 10 stories

18 December 2015 by Nicola Brown

As we near the end of the year we have been reflecting on what we feel the most important employment law developments have been in 2015. We have had a look at which of the stories on our website have been the most popular with our readers, and which topics we have received... read more »

A warning for employers - do what you say you will do!

A warning for employers - do what you say you will do!

18 December 2015 by Peter Stevens

The Employment Tribunal recently had to consider an unusual set of circumstances in the case of John-Charles v NHS Business Services Authority. The facts are that in October 2012 Dr John-Charles was alleged to be in breach of his employer’s IT policies. The matter was investigated, but not with any great urgency, and... read more »

Departing from an agreed reference was disability discrimination

Departing from an agreed reference was disability discrimination

18 December 2015 by Marianne Wright

We deal with a lot of Settlement Agreements between employers and departing employees, and often an agreed reference forms part of the deal. Following on from our recent workshops on Settlement Agreements, and Nicola’s article last month on myths about Settlement Agreements, we now look at a recent case highlighting some of the... read more »

True or False: Myths about Settlement Agreements

True or False: Myths about Settlement Agreements

30 November 2015 by Nicola Brown

  We are currently in the midst of our series of workshops for employers on Settlement Agreements and thought it would be helpful if we put together an article about some of the myths that seem to persist about them. Some of these are based on points raised at the workshops so far - others... read more »

Taxation of termination payments - changes to come

Taxation of termination payments - changes to come

30 November 2015 by Peter Stevens

In July we outlined the Government’s intention to enter into a period of consultation on proposals to simplify and make changes to the way payments made to employees on the termination of their employment are taxed. You can read that article here. That period of consultation has now ended, and perhaps... read more »

Different or consistent treatment - disciplinary sanctions

Different or consistent treatment - disciplinary sanctions

30 November 2015 by Marianne Wright

Our previous article on the Court of Appeal case of Newbound v Thames Water Utilities Limited highlighted the difficulties with applying different disciplinary sanctions to employees involved in the same incident. As the Christmas party season approaches, we look at two recent cases involving the disparity in disciplinary sanctions given to employees involved... read more »

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