March 1, 2017

Easyjet: Three Lessons from the ‘Battle of the Baguette’

A former flight attendant for budget airline Easyjet reached a settlement with her previous employer after instigating proceedings in the employment tribunal for unfair dismissal. Here’s the facts of the case: Shannon Gleeson, 22, had worked for Easyjet for three years at the time and was given a bacon baguette by her manager whilst on…

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February 14, 2017

Could your business be classed as a ‘toxic workplace’?

This new phraseology doesn’t mean your work environment is filled with poisonous gases. Instead, ‘toxic workplace’ refers to company cultures filled with poisonous remarks or actions – in short, bullying. Although the Equality Act 2010 gives the definition for harassment as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect…

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February 8, 2017

Is it still a man’s world in the workplace?

In a country where women hold the two top positions within the offices of state – the Queen and the Prime Minister – is the workplace still a man’s world? New research completed by the Women at Work Index shows that the UK is missing out on approximately £170 billion of economic benefits by not…

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February 2, 2017

Workplace romance: What’s love (and the law) got to do with it?

As Valentine’s Day 2017 recedes into the distance for another year and the greetings card industry pauses to count its takings, should you be concerned about workplace romances affecting your staff? Maybe you’ve been following the gripping BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, a retelling of the bestseller by Louise Doughty? On her way to a…

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January 23, 2017

Using restrictive covenants wisely in contractual agreements

Restrictive covenants are complex clauses, often criticised but never curtailed, and the source of many court cases. So let’s explore the history of these clauses and how employers can utilise them effectively. It has long been the principle of English law that: “All interference with individual liberty of action in trading, and all restraints of…

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January 3, 2017

Managing mental health-related absences

Like turkey and the Queen’s Speech, tradition and Christmas go hand in hand. Similarly, most employers will be aware of another seemingly unbreakable tradition – increased absence levels in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. During the month of December, UK businesses lost a total of approx. 23 million working days through…

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December 15, 2016

The show’s over for the gig economy

As 2016 begins to count down, so too does the ticking time-bomb regarding employment status. We look at how the recent tribunal against Uber will affect employers who make significant use of agency staff, freelancers, sub-contractors or consultants. How the gig economy disrupted the traditional model Media references to the ‘gig’ economy (where the world…

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December 13, 2016

Balancing flexibility with fair treatment for agency workers

Building flexibility into your workforce and maintaining equal and fair treatment for workers can be a tricky balance to strike. Here we look at the use of agency workers and how to work with them safely and in line with the latest regulations. Spotlight swings from zero hours to agency workers There are concerns an…

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December 8, 2016

Supporting breastfeeding mothers – a guide for employers

Breastfeeding is a hot topic, and the debate over public breastfeeding is well-publicised. But breastfeeding can also present challenges to the employer, as low-cost airline Easyjet recently found out to its disadvantage when two breastfeeding mothers won a discrimination case brought against them at a recent Tribunal in Bristol. Read on to see how the…

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November 24, 2016

12 easy steps employers can take for a successful Christmas party

We are coming up to that time of year again when most people will be attending a Christmas function of some description either in the office, an organised event or even just down at the local. But, beware, high Christmas spirits can cause problems for employers and land you in trouble if you don’t take…

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