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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.

FAQs: the right to be accompanied

FAQs: the right to be accompanied

26 July 2017 by Anna Rabone

Employees and workers have a legal right to be accompanied by a trade union representative or colleague at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. This right is set out in section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999. This may strike you as quite straightforward, but actually employers can face many difficulties with regard to the... read more »

Sleep ins and National Minimum Wage – the latest

Sleep ins and National Minimum Wage – the latest

30 June 2017 by Nicola Brown

As we have covered in our previous ebulletins, the position regarding pay for workers who carry out ‘sleep in’ shifts (sometimes also known as ‘on call’ or ‘standby’ shifts) has been the subject of a number of decided cases. However, although there have been several cases which found that National Minimum Wage... read more »

The heat is on – issues for employers

The heat is on – issues for employers

27 June 2017 by Anna Rabone

The recent heat wave has been glorious! Whilst we would all like to think a bit of heat and sunshine will not cause any issues in the workplace, unfortunately in practice sometimes it can. We have been receiving a number of queries from employers about issues related to the recent hot weather conditions. Here... read more »

Father wins sex discrimination case

Father wins sex discrimination case

29 June 2017 by Marianne Wright

Many employers pay enhanced rates of maternity pay, over and above the statutory minimum, to mothers on maternity leave. As we discussed in our previous article, it used to be argued that employers who paid enhanced maternity pay didn’t have to pay enhanced paternity pay, on the basis that maternity is... read more »

A case of pogonophobia?

A case of pogonophobia?

27 June 2017 by Anna Rabone

Pogonophobia is an extreme dislike of beards. Margaret Thatcher is famously said to have had pogonophobia, and it seems that some employers share that with her! It has been reported recently that a construction firm (Mears) has banned employees from having beards. Now to be fair to Mears, the reason they... read more »

Failure to manage a poorly performing employee proves a bitter pill to swallow

Failure to manage a poorly performing employee proves a bitter pill to swallow

29 June 2017 by Marianne Wright

Failing to deal properly with a poorly performing employee can prove costly, as the recent case of Mrs M Williams v Meddygfa Rhydbach Surgery & Others highlights. Mrs Williams had worked at the surgery for nearly 30 years. She started as a receptionist and was promoted to practice manager. The doctors who... read more »

Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

30 May 2017 by Peter Stevens

When people move jobs, prospective new employers often ask the employee’s former employer for a reference. The person giving the reference is under a duty to both the subject of the reference and the recipient, i.e. the prospective employer. That duty is not too onerous, but does require the reference to be factual... read more »

The General Election and employment law - update

The General Election and employment law - update

31 May 2017 by Marianne Wright

Following on from the announcement of the General Election to be held on 8 June, and Nicola’s article last month, we have summarised some of the key proposals relating to workers’ rights and changes to employment law put forward by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats now that they have published... read more »

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