Real Employment Law Advice

Category: General Updates

Employee Resources

Proposed changes to flexible working

Initially, the government considered whether employees should have the right to work flexibly and remove the ability for an employer to refuse a flexible working request. However, they realised that this would not work in practice…

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Employee Resources

Employees right to unpaid carers leave

You will no doubt have heard in the news of various proposals to change employee rights and make changes to the way current rights work.
As part of the Government’s bid to support the labour market and help businesses ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic, another change that has been announced is the introduction of a right to unpaid carers leave for a period of up to one week.

Employee Resources

Workers Get To Keep Tips

The government has recently announced its intention to introduce legislation to ensure that workers get to keep tips that are left for them by customers. A voluntary code of practice was introduced in October 2009 with the aim of encouraging employers to deal with such payments fairly..

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Employer Resources

Redundancy appeals and unfair dismissal

With the end of furlough approaching, many businesses are having to think (if they haven’t already) about their plans going forward. Redundancies are one of the options that employers are having to consider, and we have had a number of enquiries from businesses across the UK who are exploring this.

Discrimination & Equality

Employee wins £180,000 in compensation for refusal of flexible working request

A female employee recently won a tribunal claim against her employer because they refused to let her reduce her days of work or leave work early to pick up her child from nursery. The huge pay out was awarded after the Employment Tribunal held that the employer had indirectly discriminated…

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Best practice for employers

I work in a care home and I do not want to be vaccinated. What are my options?

The government has recently announced that covid vaccinations will become compulsory for those working in care homes from 11 November 2021. This includes those who are employed by the care home and contractors who attend care homes to carry out work, such as builders, plumbers, electricians.

Best practice for employers

Unfair dismissal for drinking in a social club whilst on sick leave

The crux of the matter was that the employee was dismissed for gross misconduct because the Employer became aware that he was visiting his local social club whilst off sick. The Employment Tribunal held that the decision to dismiss him was unfair for the reasons set out below.