Category Archives: Employment

Legal highs, employment lows

January 7, 2016 | Marianne |

Legal highs, employment lows

Employers routinely have to be live to changes to employment laws and practices to ensure that they operate within the scope of employment legislation. However, alongside these types of changes, employers should be aware of cultural changes which might have an impact on their place of work. One such cultural change which is becoming an … Read More >>

Employer’s end of year checklist

November 18, 2015 | Marianne |

As we approach the end of 2015, it is a good time for employers to think about what HR issues

As we  approach the end of 2015, it is a good time for employers to think about what HR issues they want to address before the end of the year and get prepared for the individual challenges that the oncoming festive period offers up. Here are our top things for an end of year checklist: … Read More >>

How to conduct a disciplinary hearing & appeal – Part 2

October 23, 2015 | Marianne |

Disciplinary hearing

Following on from our previous blog, the second instalment in our disciplinary series looks at the disciplinary hearing. If, after a reasonable investigation, the employer takes the decision to proceed to a disciplinary hearing, the employee should be notified in writing of this. The notification should contain information about the time and venue of the … Read More >>

How to conduct a disciplinary investigation – Part 1

October 16, 2015 | Marianne |

disciplinary investigation

It is likely that most managers will have to deal with a disciplinary matter at some point in their career. It is important that a fair procedure is followed otherwise they risk any subsequent dismissal being classed as unfair. In our two part blog series we look at the factors to be considered by employers … Read More >>

How to manage cancer in the workplace

September 9, 2015 | Marianne |

Manage cancer in the workplace

The ability to manage cancer in the workplace is becoming increasingly relevant for many employers and employees. More than 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer each year, in addition to the 700,000 people of working age living with cancer. There are also an estimated 500,000 carers of people with cancer working in … Read More >>

Off-side employment law – employee demotion

August 31, 2015 | Marianne |

Employee demotion

Another week, another footballing story which gives rise to some interesting employment law questions, including employee demotion. This time, it involves Jose Mourinho and his public criticism of the Chelsea FC team doctor and physiotherapist after they ran on to the pitch during stoppage time of a match against Swansea to treat a player. After … Read More >>

The importance of a social media policy for employees

August 11, 2015 | Marianne |

social media policy for employees

Do you have a social media policy for employees? Employee use of social media is on the increase and so too are the number of cases going to employment tribunals on this area! The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in a recent judgement that it was fair for an employer to dismiss an employee … Read More >>

Gender Pay Gap Consultation

July 31, 2015 | Marianne |

gender pay gap consultation

On the 14th July, the Government launched a consultation on the implementation of gender pay gap, ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap’. This gender pay gap consultation is important for a number of reasons. Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 contains a power for the government to require private and third sector employers with more … Read More >>

Employment implications of the 2015 budget

July 9, 2015 | Marianne |

employment implications of the 2015 budget

The Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Conservative Budget in almost 20 years this week and there were some interesting announcements which will have employment implications. Here is a summary of the main points: A new National Living Wage will be introduced for all workers over the age of 25. This will replace the current … Read More >>

Working Time Directive and Mobile Workers

June 22, 2015 | Marianne |

Working Time Directive

An opinion was given in a case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which will interest a number of our clients who have workers who travel regularly as part of their role. The Working Time Directive (the Directive), defines “working time” as any period during which the worker is working, is at the employer’s disposal … Read More >>