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  • Best practice for employers
  • Bullying at Work
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Best practice for employers

Without prejudice letters: Are they really ‘off the record’?

Are “without prejudice” letters admissible as evidence if they contain grossly exaggerated allegations of misconduct? This was the question that was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd v Sommer  in relation to a letter proposing settlement..

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Is a man being called bald simply an insult or does it amount to harassment?

Workplace Insults – A new era. A male employee with an exemplary work record of 24 years successfully claimed against his former employer for harassment on the grounds for being called bald during a heated exchange with colleagues at work.

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Exclusivity Clauses to be banned in Employment Contracts for low-income workers

Exclusivity clauses prevent employees from undertaking other work. Some employers include clauses in their employment contracts which state that employees are unable to undertake other work without the consent of the employer, which enables the parties to reach an agreement about the other work ..

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Employee who did not receive dismissal letter wins unfair dismissal claim

Employee who did not receive dismissal letter wins unfair dismissal claim. A recent employment tribunal case has highlighted how important it is for an employer to ensure that an employee receives notice of dismissal.

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Employees and second jobs – what employers need to know

With the cost of living rising exponentially, more and more people are having to take on second jobs or extra hours to make ends meet.   Here we consider the contractual and employment law issues that employers need to be aware of when their employees have second jobs. 

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Breach of confidentiality in employment

As confidential information is extremely important to employers it is common for a confidentiality clause to be contained in the employment contract. The purpose of the clause is to prevent an employee from using, copying, or disclosing confidential information

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Employment Tribunal Claims: Is it worth making a Strike Out Application to the Employment Tribunal?

I usually advise client’s that there is little point in making a strike out application, which is an application to have all, or part of a claim removed from the Tribunal. The reason for this is that the Employment Tribunal are often reluctant to strike out claims without hearing all the evidence.

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Childcare and Sex Discrimination

In a recent case decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal the tricky issue of childcare and sex discrimination arose in a case against the retail chain Primark. It is an interesting reminder of the types of issues that can arise when trying to arrange working hours and arrangements among staff.

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Annual increases to National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payments for 22/23

Annual increases to National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payments for 22/23. The following increases to the National Minimum Wage and the rates of statutory payments have taken effect from 1 April 2022: National Minimum Wage (age 23 plus – the National Living Wage) to increase from £8.91 to £9.50..

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How to Conduct a Disciplinary Process

If a situation arises where you consider that you may need to commence a disciplinary process with an employee, then it is important that you follow a fair process. The main risk of not following a fair process is that if the employee is dismissed, they could pursue a claim for unfair dismissal..

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Best practice for employers

What is the test for determining victimisation?

This question has been answered recently by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Warburton v The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police [2022] EAT 42 (14 March 2022).  Victimisation occurs where one person subjects another person to a detriment because either..

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P & O Ferries dismisses 800 staff without notice

As you may have heard on the news, P & O Ferries recently dismissed 800 of its employees without warning or notice.   The news was delivered to the affected employees via video call on 17 March 2022 and, just like that, 800 employees learned that they were out of a job.

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