Category Archives: Employment

How does workplace mediation work?

February 14, 2012 | Marianne |

workplace mediation

Readers of our blog will recall that the government is currently undertaking a reform of the Employment Tribunal system which will involve looking at workplace mediation as a way to help resolve employee disputes. As part of this process it has been announced that a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks will be set … Read More >>

Indirect discrimination and Recruitment Practices

January 12, 2012 | Marianne |

Indirect discrimination

Are you aware of the issue of indirect discrimination in recruitment practices? In January 2012, the Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal found in favour of a mum who had been discriminated against by not being shortlisted for a post because she did not have the required experience. Although it’s a decision from a different jurisdiction, it is … Read More >>

What rights do pregnant employees have?

January 6, 2012 | Marianne |

What rights do pregnant employees have?

As an employer (or employee…), what rights do pregnant employees have? Are you not sure how to deal with time off for your employees? Our brief checklist should help. 1. Sick Leave –  Pregnant employees have the same rights to paid sick leave as all other employees (apart from the last four weeks of pregnancy). … Read More >>

How to avoid post Christmas party complaints

December 13, 2011 | Marianne |

Christmas party complaints

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn naturally to social events. It’s the time of year when most employees feel they can look forward to a slowing pace of work and the office Christmas party. Most workplaces will have a function of some sort to celebrate the festive season, whether it’s a lunch or dinner at … Read More >>

Bad Weather Policy – How to Deal with Employee Absence

December 1, 2011 | Marianne |

employee absence

How do you deal with employee absence in bad weather? “Boss, there’s a river running down my street, I can’t come into work!” Sound familiar? Not only does adverse weather cause problems for employees who commute to work, it can result in significant financial loss to the employer, particularly if the bad weather is on-going. … Read More >>

Are the employment law reforms good for employers?

November 7, 2011 | Marianne |

employment law reforms

In May 2011 we reported that the Coalition government had announced plans to reform UK employment laws.  But are the employment law reforms good for employers? Details of the reforms are slowly starting to emerge as the Chancellor has announced that: 1.   As from the 1st April 2012 an employee will need to have been employed … Read More >>

Are TUPE & contractual variations permitted?

November 1, 2011 | Marianne |

TUPE & contractual variations

TUPE protects employees by ensuring that a transfer does not disadvantage them in any way, by preventing variations to the employment contract.  We are often asked – are TUPE & contractual variations permitted? The recent case of Smith v. Trustees of Brooklands College (EAT) has confirmed that an agreed variation to an employment contract following … Read More >>

Redundancy Preparation & Consultation Requirements

September 13, 2011 | Marianne |

redundancy preparation & consultation requirements

Due to the current economic climate many employers will reduce staffing levels and/or restructure their organisation to make savings.  Employers need to consider in advance redundancy preparation & consultation requirements for any redundancies. Failure to follow the correct procedures when making redundancies could prove to be costly, particularly if it results in legal proceedings being raised … Read More >>

An Overview of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010

August 10, 2011 | Marianne |

Agency Workers Regulations 2010

After many years of campaigning by trade unions, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 are due to come into force on 1 October 2011 (and are not retrospective). In general terms, agency workers will qualify for treatment equal to directly employed workers – that is equality in terms of basic employment conditions; after 12 weeks in … Read More >>

UK Employment Legislation Controversial Reforms

May 31, 2011 | Marianne |

UK Employment Legislation Controversial Reforms

A number of national newspapers, along with the BBC, reported (from a Government source) that the Coalition were planning to introduce wide-ranging and controversial reforms to UK employment legislation. – Redundancy rules could be relaxed, says government – BBC News Article – Unions attack plans to reform employment laws – Guardian News Article This was to include: … Read More >>