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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.

Tattoos in the workplace - what's your view?

Tattoos in the workplace - what's your view?

29 August 2014 by Nicola Brown

What is your view on tattoos in the workplace? Attitudes towards tattoos in general have changed dramatically in recent years, and according to a recent survey one in five Britons now has a tattoo, with that number increasing all the time. However, a few employees who have been dismissed as a... read more »

TUPE changes: micro-businesses able to inform and consult with employees directly

29 August 2014 by Nicola Brown

We previously informed you about changes to the TUPE legislation – our article can be found here. The last of those changes came into force on 31 July 2014. A new regulation now provides that employers with fewer than ten employees may... read more »

Can a disciplinary penalty ever be increased on appeal?

Can a disciplinary penalty ever be increased on appeal?

31 July 2014 by Peter Stevens

In the recent case of McMillan v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust , the Court of Appeal had to consider whether the sanction of a final written warning issued by Airdale NHS Foundation Trust against Mrs McMillan could be increased on appeal. Mrs McMillan had been called to a disciplinary hearing in line with... read more »

Warning - a letter can have contractual effect!

31 July 2014 by Nicola Brown

Anna Rabone A recent case involving a Local Authority (Hershaw and ors v Sheffield City Council (2014)) has shown that a letter, in this case written by an HR consultant, can create contractual terms that an employer has to honour. The case concerned a group of employees (market patrol officers) who had their... read more »

Redundancy pooling

Redundancy pooling

31 July 2014 by Nicola Brown

Anna Rabone In a redundancy exercise, often employers will need to place employees into a redundancy ‘pool’. This is usually based on those doing similar work, or those who work at similar levels. Employers then select who is to be made redundant from the pool using objective selection criteria. Case law has shown that... read more »

Totting up previous offences to get to dismissal

Totting up previous offences to get to dismissal

31 July 2014 by Nicola Brown

In cases where an employee has committed more than one disciplinary offence, or when a further offence is committed whilst a previous warning is still live, the employer has to consider whether or not it is reasonable to dismiss the employee in the circumstances. This is often an area that employers are unsure... read more »

Restrictive covenants and drafting errors - revisited

Restrictive covenants and drafting errors - revisited

31 July 2014 by Peter Stevens

In our April bulletin we reported on the case of Prophet plc v Huggett in which the High Court considered post termination restrictions in Mr Huggett’s contract of employment. Our article can be found here. The restrictions were drafted in such a way that they were meaningless, as they said that they... read more »

Seldon - the final chapter?

Seldon - the final chapter?

31 July 2014 by Nicola Brown

Over the past 8 years or so Leslie Seldon (pictured) has been pursuing what has been one of the highest profile age discrimination claims so far. The case has been considered in the European Court as well as the top courts in this country. It looks as if he may finally have... read more »

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