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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.

The heat is on – issues for employers

The heat is on – issues for employers

27 June 2017 by Peter Stevens

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 Marianne Wright

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 »

Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

Discriminatory references - a cautionary tale

30 May 2017 by Peter Stevens

When people move jobs, prospective new employers often ask the employee’s former employer for a reference. The person giving the reference is under a duty to both the subject of the reference and the recipient, i.e. the prospective employer. That duty is not too onerous, but does require the reference to be factual... read more »

The General Election and employment law - update

The General Election and employment law - update

31 May 2017 by Marianne Wright

Following on from the announcement of the General Election to be held on 8 June, and Nicola’s article last month, we have summarised some of the key proposals relating to workers’ rights and changes to employment law put forward by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats now that they have published... read more »

A word on the EU General Data Protection Regulation

A word on the EU General Data Protection Regulation

30 May 2017 by Nicola Brown

As the drama of Brexit unfolds, the UK is starting to have to make decisions about which forthcoming EU legislation it will take on board despite being in the process of exiting the EU. One piece of EU legislation that has been confirmed as being part of the UK legal landscape in the... read more »

The folly of forced

The folly of forced "retirement"

30 May 2017 by Peter Stevens

It is now over 6 years since the default retirement age of 65 was abolished, but some employers still haven’t accepted that. We have advised several clients on how to address an ageing workforce, and in the main they have managed to deal with issues fairly with the employee, and at the same... read more »

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