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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.

Employment Tribunal cases – numbers down again

27 June 2014 by Peter Stevens

In March 2014 we reported that the number of Employment Tribunal claims for the period October to December 2013 had dropped by a massive 79% compared to the same period in 2012. You can find our previous article here. This was the first quarter of figures following the introduction of fees... read more »

Does being obese mean you meet the definition of disability?

27 June 2014 by Nicola Brown

The definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 is ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial long term adverse impact on the person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities’. Certainly many obese people find that there is a long term effect on their day to day... read more »

Reasonable adjustments – does this duty extend to employees associated with a disabled person?

27 June 2014 by Anna Rabone

The Equality Act 2010 allows direct discrimination claims to be raised based on detrimental treatment of a worker who is associated with someone who has a “protected characteristic.” For example, a worker may raise a claim for associative discrimination because their flexible working request to allow them more time to support their... read more »

FAQ: What should we do about an employee’s poor personal hygiene?

FAQ: What should we do about an employee’s poor personal hygiene?

27 June 2014 by Anna Rabone

Q. Unfortunately, some of our employees are complaining that one member of the team has very bad body odour and people do not like to sit near this employee. We are also concerned because she has a certain amount of client contact, and therefore clients may be experiencing the smell as well.... read more »

Employment Law Update Seminar - 5 June 2014

6 June 2014 by Nicola Brown

Yesterday evening we held our summer seminar at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester. The event was a great success, so many thanks to those of you who attended. There was lots of audience participation, making the event not only informative but very interactive too. For those of you who weren't able to attend, a copy of our... read more »

Another holiday pay bombshell

Another holiday pay bombshell

30 May 2014 by Nicola Brown

Do you have employees whose pay varies depending on things like commission? If so, then you need to know about the recent case of Lock v British Gas Trading. The case involved the question of how holiday pay should be calculated for employees with... read more »

Probationary periods

Probationary periods

29 May 2014 by Anna Rabone

We could not help but notice the statistic from a recent study that 1 in 5 employees fail to get past their probationary period. This seems like quite a high number! The study found that poor performance and absence were the most common reasons for a failure to pass. Although it is... read more »

Dealing with holidays and absence during the World Cup

29 May 2014 by Anna Rabone

Many of you will be looking forward to the World Cup which starts next month (particularly with the high concentration of Southampton players on the England team!). Many of you in your capacity as managers and HR will know that requests for time off are going to increase so employees can watch the... read more »

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