February 24, 2016

Starbucks dyslexia case: What can employers learn?

Starbucks recently became the subject of media attention when a female employee suffering with dyslexia has won a claim for disability discrimination. The claim rose arose from her employer’s failure to make reasonable adjustments for her dyslexia. But what can employers learn from this? Having been being wrongly accused of falsifying documents, the employee brought proceedings…

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February 17, 2016

Your Employee Handbook – Friend or Foe?

How could you ever have unfairly dismissed someone that disclosed your clients’ confidential information on an internet blog? Surely, you’re entitled to expect employees to respect your confidentiality provisions? That’s exactly what recently happened to international bank Citigroup when they sacked Perry Stimpson for just such an offence. Mr Stimpson was one of several London-based…

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February 16, 2016

5 tips for managing absence

Sickness absence costs small business around £300, 000 a year. The average employee takes 7 days off work sick per year at an average cost of £550 per employee per day. Whilst absence cannot be eliminated, after all we all get sick once in a while, managing absence in a fair and consistent way can…

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January 27, 2016

Is it okay to monitor your employees’ messages?

Employment law rarely makes front page news. However, a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) made the global press, with headlines suggesting that employers are now allowed to monitor employees’ personal emails and private messages. The ECtHR made the ruling on a case involving a Romanian engineer who was fired after…

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How to resolve workplace conflicts

It’s an inevitable fact of life that, whenever there is a gathering of people, conflict will arise from time to time. The work place is no different. How does an organisation handle or resolve such conflict? Is timing an important factor in resolving? Mediation is not often a consideration given by organisations to resolving disputes…

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How to handle the redundancy process

Delivering bad news about redundancies is never an easy task. However, how the process is managed can have a long-lasting impact on individuals and the organisation as a whole. At a time when many such businesses are in ‘survival mode’, the last thing that an employer wants to face is expensive litigation. A number of recent…

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January 19, 2016

Zero hours contracts could be more popular than you think

Employees on zero hours contracts could be just as happy as permanent staff, a new survey suggests. The research, from the Charted Institute of Personnel Practice (CIPD), found that on average, zero-hours contract employees experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employee’s on permanent, full-time contracts. In general zero hours…

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December 18, 2015

What will 2016 bring?

As 2015 draws to a close it is time to dust off the crystal ball and see what 2016 will bring. It’s important to familiarise yourself with some of the forthcoming 2016 employment law changes, so here’s an overview of those which could have a significant impact on businesses: New legislation The National Living Wage…

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December 11, 2015

Only at Christmas! Avoiding HR disasters at the office party

From emotional outbursts at company Directors to stripping off in front of colleagues, employees have done it all at their office Christmas parties. The details may be hazy, but such incidents can have a devastating impact on employers over the festive period, including formal warnings, disciplinary investigations and even dismissals. With the worst behaviours at work Christmas…

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HR influence in disciplinary investigations could result in unfair dismissal

Too much interference from an HR department in disciplinary or investigation processes may lead to a verdict of unfair dismissal, suggests a recent case. Investigating issues of potential misconduct and taking disciplinary action is not the responsibility of the employer’s HR department. But how far can HR be involved in the process and outcome of…

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December 9, 2015

Holiday Pay: What has changed for 2016?

As most employers move towards their new holiday year, it’s important to know what has changed when it comes to calculating annual leave payments. Unfortunately, holiday pay has become increasingly complicated and Employment Tribunal cases that are expected to resolve the issue are still ongoing. Back in July, we updated you on three important precedent…

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December 7, 2015

Granny Leave is coming!

Currently parents can request shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave, flexible working or emergency unpaid leave to deal with childcare issues. But what’s the situation for grandparents? Recently, a Wigan grandmother was allegedly sacked by text after she told her bosses she couldn’t work Saturdays.  Apparently she looked after her grandchildren. The Sports Direct warehouse…

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