Category Archives: Employers

Equality – a tick box exercise?

What do you think about Equality in the workplace, is it effective? According to recent reports, the Department for Work and Pensions has lost more employment tribunals for disability discrimination than any other employer in Britain since 2016. This week, the BBC series Panorama found that the DWP lost 17 of 134 claims of discrimination […]

Employment law news and developments

What do you need to know about (other than coronavirus!) With the corona virus pandemic very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds at present, here is a roundup of some employment law news and developments you may have missed: Government launches campaign to highlight workers’ rights to paid holiday   The campaign, launched on […]

Coronavirus: Update for Employers

SSP what has actually changed so far? Changes to Statutory Sick Pay legislation (SSP) were published and came into force last week, however the only change was to the definition of when someone qualifies for SSP. The new temporary regulation states: “he is – (i) isolating himself from other people in such a manner as […]

Childless employees in the workplace: What should you consider?

Should employers be concerned or sensitive to this issue? I was recently asked a question about childlessness and childless staff, and whether employers needed to know or do anything further about the rights and responsibilities to those staff who do not have children. We hear so much about the rights of working families, but what […]

The Coronavirus: What do employers need to do?

Key risks in a Pandemic or crisis The Coronavirus continues to cause widespread panic around the world while world leaders continue to disagree over the best treatment and the best way to halt the spread of the disease. So, what should businesses be doing to cope with this, and continue to trade and thrive in […]

Changes to Employment Law in April 2020

 What do employers need to know? On 6 April 2020, new employment laws will be coming into force which all employers need to know about. Most of these changes result from the government’s Good Work Plan, which was published in December 2018, and seek to improve the employment rights of casual workers and those working […]

Should an employer dictate what can and cannot be discussed at work?

Firms urged to crack down on office football chat The football season is well underway, and Liverpool appear to be on course for their first title in 30 years; while the Six Nations rugby series is due to start this weekend with England looking to bounce back after the disappointment of the World Cup final […]

Employment law in the news: January 2020

A round-up of some of employment law cases that have been covered in the news recently   Ethical veganism protected by discrimination laws An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has held for the first time that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and therefore is protected under discrimination legislation. Regular readers of our fortnightly newsletters will […]

Injunction obtained by suspended employee

Important considerations when suspending an employee I advise both employer and employees about employment law and HR and one of the most frustrating things I experience when advising employee customer’s is the employer who suspends without any thought or consideration for the employee or the law. Consequently, it is something that I talk about a […]

Bullying at Work: Sticks and Stones

TV Show shines the light on the problem of workplace bullying While most of us were looking forward to the Christmas party, December 2019 saw the launch of controversial ITV show Sticks and Stones, which left viewers feeling uncomfortable, anxious and paranoid as they watched the TV series centred around workplace bullying unfold. Although we can […]

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