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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.

The vanishing dismissal

The vanishing dismissal

25 August 2016 by Anna Rabone

Where an employee is dismissed after a disciplinary procedure, they should have a right to appeal against that decision. This right to appeal is part of the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance, and is also likely to be set out in an employer’s disciplinary procedure or policy. The... read more »

Gender pay reporting delayed

Gender pay reporting delayed

23 August 2016 by Nicola Brown

Although employers have known for some time about the forthcoming requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay information, we have been waiting for confirmation of when the new rules would come into effect. Our previous article on gender pay reporting can be found here. It had previously been... read more »

Only genuine job applicants can claim discrimination

Only genuine job applicants can claim discrimination

25 August 2016 by Nicola Brown

Not so long ago, there were quite a few stories about people who regularly brought discrimination claims against unwary employers. Often this was because of some form of discrimination in recruitment – for example, we dealt with one where a job applicant brought an age discrimination claim on the basis of an advert... read more »

Post-Brexit discrimination

Post-Brexit discrimination

29 July 2016 by Nicola Brown

While the long-term employment law implications of the UK voting to leave the EU are still far from clear, we have identified a way in which Brexit is already directly affecting workplace relations even while we are still EU members. In particular, we have had a number of queries from employer clients where... read more »

Seek and Destroy

Seek and Destroy

28 July 2016 by Anna Rabone

Protecting confidential business information is a crucial issue for employers. Generally, contracts of employment specify in writing that employees must protect confidential information and trade secrets and not disclose this to third parties or use such information for their own benefit. It is also usually specified that this duty applies both during employment... read more »

The Cure – poor disciplinary process can be remedied by an effective appeal process

The Cure – poor disciplinary process can be remedied by an effective appeal process

28 July 2016 by Anna Rabone

In order for a dismissal for gross misconduct to be fair, there needs to be a full disciplinary process followed by the employer which complies with the principles set out in the Acas Code of Practice. Very basically, this involves a thorough investigation, a disciplinary hearing at which the employee is able... read more »

Whistleblowing revisited

Whistleblowing revisited

29 July 2016 by Marianne Wright

Protection for whistleblowers under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is being applied in ever wider circumstances (see our previous articles here and here). At our recent Employment Law Update workshops, we discussed employers’ concerns around potential whistleblowing claims, given that there is no minimum length of service required for an... read more »

When doesn't the ACAS Code apply?

When doesn't the ACAS Code apply?

28 July 2016 by Peter Stevens

Under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996, where an employer fails to follow the ACAS Code in a disciplinary hearing, the employee will be able to claim an uplift of up to 25% on any compensation awarded by an Employment Tribunal in any subsequent claim for unfair dismissal. Clearly,... read more »

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