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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.

Shared Parental Leave for grandparents

Shared Parental Leave for grandparents

29 October 2015 by Nicola Brown

As we have previously reported, Shared Parental Leave became available for parents of babies born on or after 5 April 2015 (or where babies or children were placed for adoption on or after that date). So far there is little official information regarding the number of people who have chosen to take Shared... read more »

Q&A - Client pressure to dismiss

Q&A - Client pressure to dismiss

29 October 2015 by Marianne Wright

Question: I run an outsourcing company and one of my customers is insisting that I dismiss an employee who is based at their site and who has worked for me for the last 5 years. I’m reluctant to agree, as I don’t think they are being fair, but they are my biggest customer and... read more »

Protective awards - ignorance can prove costly!

Protective awards - ignorance can prove costly!

29 October 2015 by Peter Stevens

Where an employer proposes to make redundancies of 20 or more employees within a period of 90 days, there is a statutory duty to consult with representatives of the affected employees. Consultation should be with a view to reaching agreement on avoiding the need for dismissals, reducing the number of employees to be... read more »

Mobile workers: first and last journeys do count as travel time

Mobile workers: first and last journeys do count as travel time

30 September 2015 by Nicola Brown

For most of us, it seems obvious that travel to and from work doesn’t count as working time – the vast majority of workers have a fixed workplace (although we might sometimes work from other locations) and although the commute is a necessary part of having a job, we wouldn’t consider ourselves to... read more »

Can a company claim discrimination?

Can a company claim discrimination?

30 September 2015 by Peter Stevens

It has of course long been established that it is possible for a company to discriminate against someone, but the question of a whether a company can be discriminated against has not been considered, until now. Under the Equality Act, a person is protected from discrimination as a result of less favourable treatment arising... read more »

'Improper influence' by HR led to unfair dismissal

'Improper influence' by HR led to unfair dismissal

30 September 2015 by Nicola Brown

When looking into allegations of misconduct against an employee, one of the things an employer should do is carry out a reasonable investigation. Based on the outcome of the investigation, matters may progress to a disciplinary hearing. Those who are appointed to investigate the allegations or to conduct the disciplinary hearing will often... read more »

Sacked by text - for wanting to be paid the minimum wage

Sacked by text - for wanting to be paid the minimum wage

30 September 2015 by Peter Stevens

A former chef who complained to his employer that he was not being paid the minimum wage was sacked by his employer by text. This case, Hillis v C & P Kitchens Limited is a reminder to employers that if they do not pay the minimum wage and employees complain about... read more »

Throwing the (Face)book at employee over social media posts

Throwing the (Face)book at employee over social media posts

20 August 2015 by Marianne Wright

In the recent case of British Waterways Board v Smith (2015), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that an employer acted fairly in dismissing Mr Smith, who was dismissed for making derogatory comments about his employer on Facebook. Mr Smith had been employed by the British Waterways Board as a manual worker. He... read more »

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