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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.

Cracking the Code - does the ACAS Code apply to SOSR dismissals?

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

The application of the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (or not!) can have significant implications in unfair dismissal cases. This is because an Employment Tribunal, who find that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, must then consider whether to make an uplift of up to 25% to any... read more »

Would I lie to you? The story of an honest call centre employee

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

The Equality Act protects people against discrimination on the grounds of religion or philosophical belief.  There have been a number of cases which have explored the meaning of philosophical belief.  Successful cases have included the holding of a humanist belief, a belief in the higher purpose of public sector broadcasting, and a belief... read more »

A very useful contribution – all about contributory fault

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

An employer facing an unfair dismissal claim will usually argue that the dismissal was for a fair reason and that they followed a fair procedure when dismissing the employee. A flaw in procedure, even one which is relatively minor, can unfortunately lead to a Tribunal making a finding of unfair dismissal – but... read more »

Not all about the money - other remedies for unfair dismissal

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

When employees submit their claim form to the Employment Tribunal they have the opportunity to state what remedy they are seeking. For unfair dismissal claims, there are three options: reinstatement, re-engagement or compensation. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of claimants tick the box for compensation only. However, there are some cases where the employee... read more »

Yes or no - can someone be victimised post-employment?

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

It seems a fairly simple question - does the law provide protection for victimisation post-employment or not? Unfortunately, at the moment the answer is far from straightforward... Under the Equality Act 2010, victimisation occurs where a person (A) subjects another person (B) to a detriment because either: B has done a protected act (including bringing proceedings... read more »

FAQs: Sickness absence and ‘fit notes’

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

One of my employees hasn’t provided a doctor’s certificate or ‘fit note’, but he has been absent for 8 days now. I don’t want to pay him anything until I know his absence is genuine. What can I do? It is for an employer to set rules for employees regarding... read more »

Yet more award success for Pure!

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

Following our success in winning the Best Start-up award last year, we never expected to be as lucky this time around - we attended the Observer and Gazette award ceremony on 19 April expecting nothing more than a good night out and some networking with other local businesses. So you can imagine... read more »

Employee shareholders: the politicians agree – finally!

30 April 2013 by Nicola Brown

We have previously written about the Government’s proposal to allow employers to offer employees shares in exchange for the employee giving up some of their employment rights. The Government’s proposals were twice rejected by the House of Lords, and as a result certain concessions to the legislation have been made... read more »

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