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An employer underpaid wages and holiday pay to their employee during furlough

In the case of Ulloa v Pridegreen Limited, the London Central Employment Tribunal had to decide if the employee, Ms Ulloa was underpaid wages and holiday pay whilst on furlough.

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Recruitment and retention: the number one problem for the hospitality industry

It was always anticipated that after Brexit there would be a shortage of people to work in many businesses in the UK, but with the pandemic, travel restrictions and increase in demand, the hospitality sector is really struggling with staffing.

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Is it fair to dismiss an employee who refuses to accept employment contract changes made in response to COVID?

An Employment Tribunal in the case of Khatun v Winn Solicitors Limited has recently decided that an employee was unfairly dismissed for refusing to agree to certain changes to her contract of employment which the employer said were required because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Things to consider if employees are going away during the current covid easing.

You can now meet some friends and family indoors, as well as enjoy a drink in your local. It also means that people are allowed to travel abroad, and whilst the government is urging caution, some will not be able to wait to soak up some much-needed sunshine.

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What should you do if a newly recruited employee discloses a medical condition?

It is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 for employers to ask job applicants questions about their health before offering them employment. The reasoning for this is to avoid disability discrimination (whether consciously or unconsciously) in the recruitment process.

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When an employee leaves without giving notice

When an employee leaves without giving notice or short notice it is incredibly frustrating for an employer. Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon situation, and we are often asked by employers what, if anything, can be done about it.

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What do employers need to know about benefits and allowances during Maternity Leave.

The question of what benefits an employee can continue to receive during maternity leave is one that can – quite rightly – cause some confusion. Below we revisit the law regarding the continuation of benefits during maternity leave and answer some frequently asked questions.

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Resignation in the heat of the moment

We know that sometimes even the best employers cannot help situations arising between members of staff. Training and team building exercises are a great way to help encourage staff to deal with issues to avoid situations like arguments occurring between employees but sometimes this is not enough.

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The Risks of Dismissing an Employee for Gross Misconduct

Recently my colleagues and I, have received enquires where an employee has been dismissed for gross misconduct, where we did not consider the employee should have been dismissed for this reason.

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Latest developments with employment law and HR for March/April 2021

Here is a round-up of some interesting developments in the world of HR and employment law in the past couple of months. A male employee on shared parental leave cannot claim sex discrimination because he is paid less than a woman on adoption leave …

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Could your furloughed employees be feeling disengaged?

Responses to a survey from 500 employees indicated that those returning from furlough feel more disconnected from work in comparison to non-furloughed employees and this includes a significant drop in personal confidence by those furloughed since the scheme was introduced in March 2020.

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Employee who left the workplace due to concerns over the risk of Covid-19 was not unfairly dismissed.

In a recent case decide by the Employment Tribunal it was decided that an employee had not been unfairly dismissed for leaving the workplace due to his safety concerns about covid.

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