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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.

Why appeals are absolutely crucial

Why appeals are absolutely crucial

30 September 2018 by Nicola Brown

Employees often say that they feel appeals are a bit of a waste of time, and it is true that in our experience the vast majority of appeals result in the original decision being upheld. However, a recent case illustrated that whatever the outcome, they can play a very significant part in any... read more »

What Not to Ask at Interview!

What Not to Ask at Interview!

30 September 2018 by Nicola Brown

A recent survey of 2,000 managers who have responsibility for interviewing found that 85% of them admitted to having asked inappropriate questions of a candidate at interview. Can you be sure that managers at your organisation wouldn't do the same? While it is of course important that line managers are involved in the recruitment... read more »

Don't let your company vehicle policy drive you round the bend!

Don't let your company vehicle policy drive you round the bend!

30 September 2018 by Marianne Wright

The recent Employment Tribunal case of Genus and Kelly v Fortem Solutions Ltd involved two employees who carried out property repairs and who were each given company vans. Both were long serving employees with prior clean disciplinary records, but were dismissed for gross misconduct for using company vans for private purposes. Fortem had investigated the employees’... read more »

The importance of equal treatment

The importance of equal treatment

30 September 2018 by Peter Stevens

No, I don't mean equal treatment in terms of discrimination and the Equality Act (although that is important too of course!), but rather the importance of consistency when dealing with disciplinary issues. Common sense says that if you have more than one person misbehaving in a similar manner then, in the absence of any... read more »

References - useful guidance for employers

References - useful guidance for employers

21 August 2018 by Nicola Brown

The question of references is still a thorny one for many employers. In a large proportion of the cases we deal with, references tend to be limited to the basic factual information (start date, end date, job title). This is often because employers don’t want to risk being sued for giving a poor... read more »

Even a 5 month gap doesn’t stop TUPE!

Even a 5 month gap doesn’t stop TUPE!

21 August 2018 by Nicola Brown

As you may be aware, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply when an undertaking transfers from one entity to another. This can be in situations like mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and insourcing, and changes in contractor. In the vast majority of cases, TUPE transfers are seamless – the employees... read more »

Disciplinary hearings and absent companions – to postpone or not postpone?

Disciplinary hearings and absent companions – to postpone or not postpone?

31 August 2018 by Marianne Wright

We have previously covered an employee’s right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union rep at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. As we explained in our previous article, if an employer fails to allow an employee to exercise this right, the employee could bring a claim for breach of... read more »

Love thy colleague

Love thy colleague

31 August 2018 by Peter Stevens

On average, we spend over 42 hours a week at work. Inevitably, most of us therefore spend a lot of time with colleagues – often more than we do with our families. Most colleagues get on perfectly well, and the work place is the starting point for many lifelong friendships and more than... read more »

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