September 21, 2015

Tribunal Fees appeal dismissed…again

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Unison’s appeals against its judicial review applications challenging the legality of Employment Tribunal Fees. Whilst “troubled” by the sharp decline in Employment Tribunal claims, the Court decided the fact of decline also needed to be supported by evidence of a lack of affordability of the fees in the financial…

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Tribunal Fees to be abolished in Scotland – The start of a wider initiative?

Employment Tribunal Fees could be completely abolished in Scotland over the next 12 months, according to the Scottish Government. The First Minister revealed the plans in its “Programme for Government’, a document which outlines the legislative agenda for the year ahead. This represents a radical shift away from the UK Government’s policy of charging for…

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How to embed a positive Health & Safety culture

Health and Safety is a very important part of any organisation – but how people view it depends on the culture within the organisation. Different organisations, indeed different sites within the same organisation, will have a different culture and outlook on Health and Safety. Cultures are driven by Directors and Managers.  Take for example a…

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Confused about Contract Types?

Do you know which employment contract to use for different categories of employee? Here’s our handy guide to understanding them all… Zero Hours, Casual, Temporary or Fixed Term? Many people are confused when it comes to working out which contract (or Principal Statement of Terms and Conditions) to give to the different categories of employee.…

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September 3, 2015

Top tips for flexible working: Family friendly entitlements

With the start of the new school year upon us, many of your employees will be requesting flexible working hours. The right to request flexible working for ALL employees has been in place since June 2014. Does your company have the right policies and procedures in place to be a flexible place to work? Previously…

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August 24, 2015

Steering safety in the right direction

Every year, there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed, according to HSE statistics. The main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them. Workplace transport is any activity involving vehicles used in a workplace. Vehicles driven…

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Discrimination by association

Can an employee bring a claim of discrimination even though they do not have one of the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010? In a recent case by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), (CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za Zashtita ot Diskriminatsia (Case C-83/14) EU: C: 2015:480; [2015] WLR…

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Can you dismiss a whistleblower?

Dismissing an employee for ‘blowing the whistle’ is automatically unfair, no matter how long they’ve been at the organisation, according to a recent case. Workers are protected under the law if they reveal to those in positions of authority suspected malpractice at work. It is in the public interest that the law protects whistleblowersso that…

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August 21, 2015

Why you need a robust social media policy!

Employers need to have a robust social media policy to protect them against disciplinary action – as shown by a recent Employment Tribunal case regarding unfair dismissal. David Smith was fired after posting offensive comments on Facebook. In the case (British Waterways Board v Smith, August 2015) the employer argued it was fair to dismiss…

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How to calculate annual leave for part time workers

You probably know that full time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave, but what about part time employees? A part time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around their working week. To calculate holiday entitlement, use the following formula… 5.6 x number of working days = Holiday…

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August 20, 2015

Fire Risk Assessments – A Burning Issue

Throughout Britain, there are unqualified people undertaking Fire Risk Assessments – and many of them are not insurance and not accredited. There are incidents where Fire Authorities consider the assessments to be insufficient and refuse to accept them. They may also take action if they think your fire safety measures aren’t adequate. In some circumstances,…

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July 21, 2015

Trade Union Bill: The biggest changes in 30 years

The Government has now published its draft trade union bill – if passed, this bill could see some significant changes to Employment Law…. Here are some of the most important points about the draft bill you need to know… Notice period of strike action & agency cover The most important proposed change for employers to…

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