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Best practice for employers

Employment contracts – Out with the old and in with the new

In April 2020 changes were introduced to Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 meaning that employees (including workers) must be given a written statement as to the terms and conditions of their employment. This can be done in the form of a contract. 

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Best practice for employers

Possible changes to Employment Law in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that some of the changes previously discussed have not yet been implemented, however, as we start to move out of the pandemic (which will hopefully be soon), these proposed changes may be revisited and come into force.

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Employer Resources

A Year in Review – Employment Law & HR in 2021

A Year in Review – Employment Law & HR in 2021. It’s coming to the end of another year and, as is usual in the world of employment law, a lot has happened.    Here we look back at some of the most important or memorable developments in employment law and HR in 2021.

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Employer Resources

Temporary Change to Fit Note Requirements for Sick Employees

As many employers will be aware an employee, who is off work due to sickness, can complete a self-certification form when they return to work provided, they have not been off work for more than 7 consecutive days, which includes non-working days and weekends.

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Employee Resources

Can an employer ask about the vaccination status of a job applicant?

We have recently had a number of enquiries about whether job applicants can be asked to confirm their vaccination status when applying for a role. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits employers from asking job applicants questions about their health before they are offered a job..

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Flexible working request appeal time limits

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Walsh v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd  recently held that the Tribunal had made an error in its finding that an employee had agreed to extend the decision period when he agreed to attend an appeal after the expiry of the decision period.

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Can I claim for Wrongful Dismissal?

Employees who consider they have been paid incorrectly in respect of their notice pay, can pursue a claim for wrongful dismissal in the Employment Tribunal. Please note, the claim must be lodged with Acas within 3 months less one day of you receiving the incorrect pay.

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Is it unfair dismissal if an employer takes a “customer is always right” approach to allegations of misconduct?

We have all heard the expression “the customer is always right” and for many companies this lies at the cornerstone of their business.  However, in the recent case of Mr G Hardy v Topps Tiles plc , the employment tribunal concluded that the employer took this approach too far …

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Was an employee unfairly dismissed when his employer failed to inform him of the specific allegation that led to his dismissal?

Was an employee unfairly dismissed when his employer failed to inform him of the specific allegation that led to his dismissal?
This was the question that the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered in the case of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham v Keable where the employer appealed against a Tribunal’s decision that it had unfairly dismissed an employee for making controversial remarks that were published on social media

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Employee Resources

What are the consequences of failing to comply with an Employment Tribunal Case Management Order?

Whether you are pursuing or defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal, it is extremely important that you follow the Case Management Order set by the Tribunal. The Case Management Order is the timetable for the parties to prepare and exchange documents in preparation for the final hearing.

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Covid news what do employers need to know?

Just when we were starting to believe that Covid was a thing of the past another new variant emerges hitting the headlines and causing concern for all just as we enter the festive period. The Scottish government has indicated that employers should consider long term hybrid working models ..

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Employee Resources

If my hours are reduced before maternity leave, will it impact my maternity pay?

Whether the reduction in hours will impact your maternity pay depends on what stage you are in of your pregnancy when the change in hours happens. Your employer should calculate statutory maternity pay based on the average of the eight weeks pay at the 15th week before your baby is due.

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