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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.

Harassment: the media maelstrom

1 February 2011 by Nicola Brown

The law on sex discrimination and sexual harassment is nothing new – but nevertheless, many were shocked to see such a high-profile example in the news last week. Some have claimed that Andy Gray and Richard Keys engaged in nothing but banter, but it is clear that they were caught offside. The definition... read more »

Targeting your market, or targeting victims?

1 February 2011 by Nicola Brown

Staff can be an integral part of a business’s branding strategy.  The workforce is a part of the business which is likely to be visible to the outside world and can reinforce the image which a business is aiming to create.  However, recent cases show that an employer’s desire to maintain and control... read more »

Removal of the Default Retirement Age – transitional provisions

1 February 2011 by Nicola Brown

As we have previously reported, the default retirement age is being abolished from the beginning of October this year.  The Government have now produced some transitional provisions which deal with the period from 30 March 2011 to 30 September 2011. 30 March 2011 is the last day on which the 6 month notice of... read more »

Request for reinstatement following resignation - a reasonable adjustment?

22 December 2010 by Nicola Brown

The duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and applicants arises where a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage due to the working environment, both physically and practically, when compared to someone who is not disabled.  The obligation was first introduced in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and this has... read more »

Resignation myths

22 December 2010 by Nicola Brown

Here at Pure Employment Law we often advise employers on situations involving employees who resign, or threaten to resign. Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about resignations, so we wanted to lay some of the most common ones to rest. That resignations need to be accepted This is far and away the... read more »

'Tis the Season to be Wary? The perils of the Christmas Party

15 December 2010 by Nicola Brown

At this time of year, employment lawyers often have a Scrooge-like reputation, warning of potential claims that can arise from the work Christmas party. In fact, claims arising from Christmas festivities aren’t as common as some people would have you believe - but they do happen. For example, there’s the fact that alcohol is... read more »

Snow days - tricky issues for employers

1 December 2010 by Nicola Brown

The weather conditions in the UK have played havoc with our normal routines – trains, buses and aeroplanes have been cancelled, and travelling by car has been treacherous in many areas. Schools have been closed, meaning that parents have had to stay at home to look after their children.  With adverse weather conditions set to... read more »

Banking on the big day off?

26 November 2010 by Nicola Brown

The announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is to be marked by an extra Bank Holiday on 29 April 2011 will be great news for many people – but it is likely to leave some employers confused about their position. This article first appeared on the People Management website. One of the main questions is... read more »

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