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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.

Mobile workers: do first and last journeys count as working time?

Mobile workers: do first and last journeys count as working time?

30 June 2015 by Marianne Wright

The law is clear that travel time during the working day counts as working time (as we covered in our previous article here), but some people had thought that the worker's journey to their first appointment of the day and their travel home after their last appointment would not count. However, this... read more »

Alcohol and drugs in the workplace

Alcohol and drugs in the workplace

30 June 2015 by Nicola Brown

Employers are often unsure about what to do if they know or suspect employees’ work is affected by alcohol or drugs, especially in organisations which do not have sophisticated policies or facilities for testing. In a recent Employment Tribunal case (McElroy v Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust) an employer was found to have... read more »

Christian nursery worker dismissed for saying being gay is sinful

Christian nursery worker dismissed for saying being gay is sinful

30 June 2015 by Marianne Wright

The Employment Tribunal has issued its judgment in the case of Mbuyi v Newpark Childcare, which concerned a Christian nursery assistant who claimed her employer had discriminated against her on the grounds of her religion or belief, when it dismissed her for gross misconduct. Miss Mbuyi worked at a nursery. One of her colleagues,... read more »

What to expect - employment law in the Queen's Speech

What to expect - employment law in the Queen's Speech

29 May 2015 by Nicola Brown

The new Conservative Government set out its plans for future legislation, which were delivered in the Queen's Speech on 27 May. Some of these may be relevant to employment law, so we thought it would be helpful to bring you up to date: Trade Unions Bill The Government has stated that it wishes to try... read more »

Grievances raised during a disciplinary process

Grievances raised during a disciplinary process

29 May 2015 by Peter Stevens

We frequently get asked by employers to advise on the correct course of action for them to take when an employee who is either under investigation for some alleged misconduct or who is the subject of a disciplinary process raises a grievance. Should the employer postpone the process and deal with the grievance,... read more »

What does a day’s pay mean?

What does a day’s pay mean?

29 May 2015 by Nicola Brown

It may sound a simple question, but a recent case went all the way to the Court of Appeal dealing with how a day’s pay should be calculated. The reason the case of Hartley and others v King Edward IV College (2015) came about was that the Claimants went on strike for one... read more »

ACAS Early Conciliation - some pitfalls!

ACAS Early Conciliation - some pitfalls!

29 May 2015 by Peter Stevens

As we have previously reported, in order for a claimant to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal, they first have to contact ACAS in order to go through the Early Conciliation process. That process may be no more than the claimant telling ACAS that they do not wish to enter into... read more »

Diabetes not always a disability

Diabetes not always a disability

29 May 2015 by Marianne Wright

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held, in the case of Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute (2015) that a bus driver who controlled his type 2 diabetes by abstaining from sugary drinks was not disabled under the Equality Act 2010. The claimant controlled his type 2 diabetes by avoiding sugary drinks. He was dismissed... read more »

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