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Landmark ruling for working mothers: Sex Discrimination Case

An NHS community nurse has recently won her appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in what is being described as a landmark ruling for working mothers. Mrs Dobson was dismissed by North Cumbria NHS Trust when she was unable to meet a requirement to work at weekends because of childcare issues

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What should I consider when taking on an employee who has Restrictive Covenants from their former employer?

I recently had an enquiry from an employer who was concerned about the potential repercussions on the Company, if their new employee breached the terms of the Restrictive Covenants contained in their employment contract for their former employer.

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What should you consider when employing someone with a long-term health condition?

What should you consider when employing someone with a long-term health condition? Employers will be aware that they cannot ask a potential employee if they have any medical conditions when conducting the recruitment process..

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Was it unfair to dismiss an employee for raising concerns about commuting to work during lockdown?

In the recent case of Accattatis v Fortuna Group (London) Ltd, an Employment Tribunal ruled that it was not unfair to dismiss an employee who raised concerns about commuting during lockdown..

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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.

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Menopause and work – what do employers need to do and why?

Menopause & work – what do employers need to do and why? The subject of menopause always used to be something of a taboo – rarely spoken about in society, still less in the workplace. This, thankfully, is now changing.

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Podcast Episodes

Introducing Hybrid Working – what do employers need to consider: Part 2

In this episode of the podcast I bring you my list of practical considerations that employers should be working through when preparing to introduce Hybrid Working.

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Introducing Hybrid Working – what do employers need to consider: Part 1

In this episode 174 of the podcast I am very pleased to be joined by Kate Davis, Leadership Coach and business mentor to talk about the very timely and topical subject of Hybrid Working. The practical steps employers need to take to make hybrid working really work long term.

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How to deal with capability dismissal and/or performance issues with staff: Part 4

This is the last episode in the mini series on managing capability and performance issues. In this episode I am bringing you some case examples decided by the Employment Tribunal where there was a capability dismissal.

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How to deal with capability and/or performance issues with staff: Part 3

In my experience employers and managers find it very difficult to know how best to approach capability and performance issues. It is not the same as a conduct issue which can be fairly straightforward to follow a disciplinary process. Capability procedures are more involved and can have a variety of issues that arise as a result.

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How to deal with capability and/or performance issues with staff: Part 2

In this episode 171 of the podcast I cover the formal capability / performance management process and what an employer needs to do if they have an employee who is failing to meet required performance levels.

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How to deal with capability and/or performance issues with staff: Part 1

In this episode 170 of the podcast I start a new series on dealing with capability and performance issues with staff. With what I am calling, the ‘covid effect’, there may be more issues arising with employees attitudes and performance at work, particularly as staff return from long term furlough.

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