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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.

Whistleblowing update

Whistleblowing update

28 July 2017 by Marianne Wright

As we have covered in previous articles, employees who do not have sufficient length of service to claim unfair dismissal sometimes try to bring a whistleblowing claim, as there is no minimum length of service required, and no cap on the amount of compensation that can be awarded by the Employment Tribunal if the... read more »

Humour in the office – some cautionary tales

Humour in the office – some cautionary tales

26 July 2017 by Peter Stevens

Many of us spend a good part of our waking time at work, and most people would recognise that a work place with no humour would be a sad place to be. In addition, a recent study by academics at Yale University concluded that a worker or boss who successfully uses... read more »

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 »

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