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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.

Repayment of training costs - is it legal?

Repayment of training costs - is it legal?

27 June 2018 by Peter Stevens

Having a well trained workforce is in everyone’s interest – the employers, the employees, and for the good of the economy as a whole. Employers have long invested considerable sums on training their workforces, but as the cost of training courses rises, and as employees tend to move jobs more often than in... read more »

Pulling the trigger - sickness absence warnings and disability discrimination

Pulling the trigger - sickness absence warnings and disability discrimination

28 June 2018 by Marianne Wright

We consider the recent case of DL Insurance Services Ltd v Mrs S O'Connor, and what employers should consider when looking at disciplining employees for sickness absence levels. Mrs O’Connor (Mrs O), who was disabled under the Equality Act 2010, had numerous absences over the years from her job with DL Insurance... read more »

Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

29 May 2018 by Nicola Brown

Usually, most people would tend to associate gross misconduct with situations where an employee has committed one particularly serious act (or omission). Staff handbooks and policies tend to list examples of offences that can amount to potential gross misconduct, and these are generally the most serious, such as theft, fraud and bullying. In fact, even in... read more »

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

30 May 2018 by Peter Stevens

It is quite common to have a clause in an agreement which states something along the lines that any changes to the agreement have to be in writing. So what happens if the parties agree to vary the terms verbally, and then one party insists that the variation is not effective as it... read more »

Shared parental leave policies could be discriminatory against men

Shared parental leave policies could be discriminatory against men

30 May 2018 by Marianne Wright

Last month, we reported on the case of Capita v Ali, one of two cases on shared parental leave being heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). In Capita v Ali, the EAT held that it was not direct sex discrimination to pay enhanced maternity pay to mothers on maternity leave,... read more »

Handy reminder: 8 key employment law changes to be aware of for spring 2018

Handy reminder: 8 key employment law changes to be aware of for spring 2018

29 April 2018 by Nicola Brown

Spring is always a key time of year for changes in employment law, and 2018 is no exception. Here's my summary of the important updates you need to be aware of: 1. Increases to statutory redundancy payments It can be easy to miss this one – the limit on a week’s pay increases on 6... read more »

When does notice take effect?

When does notice take effect?

26 April 2018 by Peter Stevens

The Supreme Court recently considered the question of when notice of termination given to an employee takes effect. Is it when the notice was sent, when it was delivered to the employee's address, or when the employee had a reasonable opportunity to read it? This was the question before them in Newcastle... read more »

Share and share alike - should fathers taking shared parental leave be paid the same as mothers on maternity leave?

Share and share alike - should fathers taking shared parental leave be paid the same as mothers on maternity leave?

27 April 2018 by Marianne Wright

We previously reported on two cases in which the Employment Tribunal reached different conclusions as to whether paying enhanced pay to women on maternity leave, but only paying statutory pay to men taking shared parental leave, was discriminatory on the grounds of sex. (For a recap on shared parental leave, click... read more »

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