August 8, 2017

Tribunal Fees Removed in New Landmark Ruling

The government has lost a landmark ruling on tribunal fees, putting employers at risk of a rise in malicious or vexatious claims as employees regain “access to justice”. Employers face what some commentators are calling ‘a massive surge’ in employment tribunals as a result of the Supreme Court decision in UNISON v The Lord Chancellor…

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July 21, 2017

Responding to Social Media Firestorms

Recently we told you about Kate Hannah who claimed on Facebook she had been dismissed for not wearing a bra at work. Of course this was completely refuted by her employer, but the hare was running. Our previous coverage concentrated on the impact dress and appearance codes (or the lack of them) can have. This…

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July 17, 2017

How to Manage Holiday Requests Over the Summer Holidays

We’re about to hit peak holiday season in the UK, so how can employers manage an influx of holiday requests to minimise the risk of disgruntled employees? Understanding leave entitlement In most cases employees are entitled to 28 days holiday a year, often referred to as annual leave, details of which are specified in the…

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July 11, 2017

Will It Be a Good Gig? Reaction to the Taylor Review

Moorepay has been following the development of the “Gig Economy” story for several months now. Those currently engaged in “gig” work are classed as self-employed but a procession of employment tribunals has rejected this, contending instead that they are workers. A year ago, in her earliest days as Prime Minister, Theresa May announced a review…

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June 27, 2017

Can an Employer Legally Send Home an Employee for Not Wearing a Bra?

Charlie Dimmock was famous for it. And while her gardening skills and engaging on-screen persona ensured her enduring fame and goodwill from the British public, she is perhaps as well-known for being the ‘bra-less’ TV personality. And while being bra-less was no problem for the producers of late 90s TV hit Ground Force, a recent…

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June 19, 2017

Your Health & Safety Guide to Working in Hot Weather Conditions

When we’re working through a heatwave there’s always pros and cons. While the sun cheers everyone up on day one, by day three you start to hear mutterings among staff – it’s boiling in here! Isn’t it about time we got air conditioning? It’s against health and safety to work in this temperature! And while…

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June 7, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Terrorism in the Workplace

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but with the UK targeted four times in as many weeks it can be extremely concerning for employees. The recent Manchester bombing, followed by the terrorist attacks in London have prompted increased security efforts in social spaces, shopping areas and event spaces, but what about the workplace? What are…

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June 2, 2017

Managing Issues with Signed Off Workers in a Social Media World

Scrolling through social media and coming across a photo of a colleague out socialising is fairly common in this digital age. But when that colleague or employee is signed off as unfit for work it can throw up some difficult questions and challenging situations. In this blog we look at how employers can monitor and…

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May 30, 2017

A Guide to Tribunals (Including Top Eight Steps for Success)

Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals are places you hope to never end up as an employer, and for most what actually happens there is obscure. The truth is far more mundane – “99% boredom, 1% fear” as one lawyer puts it – but it’s important to understand what they are, what they do, and…

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May 25, 2017

What Would a Conservative General Election Victory Mean for Employment Law?

Although Labour look to be closing the gap somewhat, most observers and polls have the Conservative Party under Theresa May as the likely winners of the upcoming general election. Assuming this is the case, what could be the effect on businesses in terms of employment law and associated policy? Brexit and the Great Repeal Bill…

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May 24, 2017

Employee Wellbeing for the Long-Term

Historically much of our health & safety laws have been designed to force the issue of healthy working conditions into the workplace, whereas now a high percentage of employers recognise that employees who are healthy and content are much more engaged and productive. In fact, when you think about it, we have come a long…

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