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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.

Home Working – will it work for your staff?

Home Working – will it work for your staff?

27 May 2016 by Peter Stevens

Recent figures from the TUC report that in 2015 over 1.5 million employees usually worked from home. This is an increase of nearly 20% over the preceding 10 years. So why is homeworking so popular? From the employee’s perspective, the main attraction is usually the lack of travel time and expense, and frequently the... read more »

Dressed for success? What employers need to know about dress codes

27 May 2016 by Nicola Brown

This month, following the recent controversy about women being required to wear high heels at work, I take an in-depth look at dress codes in the workplace and the legal issues employers need to be aware of. We hope you find the video useful, and would be really grateful... read more »

Oh la la! French man sues former employer because his job was too boring

Oh la la! French man sues former employer because his job was too boring

27 May 2016 by Anna Rabone

We do like a good giggle in the office, and on occasion employment law can cause such giggles. Reports of a recent case caught our attention, although it did happen in France and has no bearing whatsoever on UK employment law! In the French case, an employee (who had been made redundant) has taken... read more »

Did employer breach employee's right to a private life?

Did employer breach employee's right to a private life?

27 May 2016 by Marianne Wright

Following on from Nicola’s previous article on dealing with employees accused of criminal offences during employment, we take a look at a recent case (Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust) concerning an employee who was dismissed based on evidence passed to his employer from the police, but where no criminal charges... read more »

"Pulling a sickie" - is malingering gross misconduct?

25 April 2016 by Nicola Brown

In our very first YouTube employment law update, Nicola looks at the recent case of Metroline v Ajaj, in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered whether it is gross misconduct if an employee exaggerates symptoms or 'pulls a sickie'. We hope you find the video useful, and would... read more »

Dismissal due to Immigration Status

Dismissal due to Immigration Status

28 April 2016 by Peter Stevens

It is of course unlawful for an employer to employ someone in the UK who does not have the right to work in the UK, and it would be potentially fair to dismiss an employee who loses their right to work in the UK. But what happens when an employer genuinely believes that... read more »

Cramping my style – whistleblowing about cramped working conditions may satisfy the ‘public interest’ test

Cramping my style – whistleblowing about cramped working conditions may satisfy the ‘public interest’ test

28 April 2016 by Anna Rabone

The law on whistleblowing has seen a number of significant developments in recent times. We have previously updated you on the changes to whistleblowing legislation which took place in 2013. One of the changes was the addition of the public interest test. You can find our article about those changes here,... read more »

Q&A: Dealing with performance concerns when an employee is absent with work-related stress

Q&A: Dealing with performance concerns when an employee is absent with work-related stress

29 April 2016 by Marianne Wright

Q&A: How should employers deal with performance concerns when an employee is absent with work-related stress? Employers often ask us how they should deal with performance issues with an employee who is absent due to work-related stress. Employers may be concerned that attempts to contact employees on sickness absence will cause further distress, but equally... read more »

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