Category Archives: Employment

Do employers need a social media policy?

April 23, 2013 | Marianne |

Should employers have a social media policy? The potential employment risks around social media was highlighted this month after the resignation of the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, Paris Brown, following racist tweets on her Twitter account. Although the tweets were sent before she applied for and accepted the job, they were there to be … Read More >>

Disability Discrimination – A Weighty Issue

March 30, 2013 | Marianne |

Disability Discrimination - Employment Lawyer

We are often asked by employers to advise on disability discrimination. Equality Act 2010 states ‘a person has a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day to day activities’. Long term means the impairment has lasted, … Read More >>

Internal Disciplinary Procedures – Getting It Right

March 26, 2013 | Marianne |

internal disciplinary procedures

The case of Christou(C) and Ward(W) v Haringey Council focused on internal disciplinary procedures and involved an appeal to the Court of Appeal by two social workers. They were found to be at fault in the handling of the Baby P case. C was a team leader responsible for a number of social workers, including W. … Read More >>

Shared Parental Leave Scheme

March 14, 2013 | Marianne |

shared parental leave scheme

In February 2013, the Children and Families Bill was introduced in the House of Commons.  It implements, among other things, the family-friendly proposals contained in the government’s Consultation on Modern Workplaces. The Bill will introduce a shared parental leave scheme. Under this system, an eligible mother will continue to receive 52 weeks’ maternity leave as … Read More >>

Dealing with workplace sickness absence

February 1, 2013 | Marianne |

workplace sickness absence

In 2011 a review of workplace sickness absence was carried out by Dame Carol Black, the Government’s national director for health and work, and David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce. The Government has responded to that review by announcing that it will introduce a new independent assessment and advisory service in order … Read More >>

Employment law 2013, 6 things you need to know

January 11, 2013 | Marianne |

Employment law 2013

2013 is shaping up to be another busy year for employment lawyers and HR professionals alike. With a raft of changes expected, we have summarised the most important, and will keep you updated throughout the year with regular blogs and tweets about employment law 2013. 1.   From 1st February: –  the Unfair dismissal compensation award limit … Read More >>

Facebook Employment Advice & Disciplinary Action

December 13, 2012 | Marianne |

Facebook Employment Advice

What Facebook employment advice should you know about and what disciplinary action could be taken against you? The rise in the use of social media in both business and in private is stratospheric. Often the lines between what is work related and what is truly ‘private’ can become blurred. Employees have been dismissed because of inappropriate comments … Read More >>

Service Provision Changes, TUPE, legal advice …

November 30, 2012 | Marianne |

We highlighted some issues that can surround a transfer of undertakings under TUPE, particularly in relation to service provision changes (SPC). One of conditions that have to be satisfied for  service provision changes to occur is whether, immediately before the SPC, there is an organised grouping of employees whose principal purpose is working for the … Read More >>

Employment Law – What’s Hot and What’s Not?

November 9, 2012 | Marianne |

Employment Law

Do you know what’s on the cards for Employment Law in 2013? Agency Workers The Government is expected to review employers’ administrative obligations in the Agency Workers Regulations in June 2013, with a view to making sure that practical arrangements are as straightforward as possible. Unfair Dismissal Compensation The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB), … Read More >>

Auto-enrolment pension scheme update

October 15, 2012 | Marianne |

auto-enrolment pension scheme update

Employers with more than 5 employees were required, until 1st October 2012, to help their employees access a stakeholder pension scheme but this requirement has now been abolished with the introduction of the so called auto-enrolment pension scheme. However, transitional provisions do still allow an employer to continue deducting contributions from the salary of an … Read More >>