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“Get Out and Don’t Come Back!” – Unfair Dismissal

Get Out and Don't Come Back! - Unfair Dismissal

Fans of The Apprentice take note: Pointy finger accompanied by the pronouncement “You’re fired!” is purely for entertainment purposes.  Try that in real life and, as we all know, you’ll very quickly receive notice of unfair dismissal proceedings (where an employee is entitled to bring them) because, although you may think you’ve acted justifiably under

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Dealing with disputes between employees

Dealing with disputes between employees

A workplace brings together different personalities and with that inevitably comes conflict. Unfortunately, conflict in the workplace often means that there are allegations of victimisation, harassment and bullying. Ironically, bullying itself is not contrary to the law but harassment is covered by the Equality Act 2010 if it relates to any of the protected characteristics:

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HR / Employment Law – Updates and News – Week 11 – 2016

HR / Employment Law – Updates and News

PERMANENT HEALTH INSURANCE AND AGE DISCRIMINATION In the case of Smith v Gartner UK Limited UKEAT/0279/15/LA the Claimant, Ms Smith, had been employed by her employers, Gartner UK Ltd, since 1989. In 1996 a benefits package, referred to as a “Disability Plan”, was introduced and accepted by the Claimant. The plan included: Life Assurance Private

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HR / Employment Law – Updates and News – Week 10 – 2016

HR / Employment Law – Updates and News

CALCULATING HOLIDAY PAY The appeal judgment in the case of British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock & Anor  UKEAT/0189/15/BA is now available. Determining what constitutes a “week’s pay” for the purposes of calculating holiday pay is often straight forward but when you have payments such as non-guaranteed overtime earnings and sales commission the calculations can

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Make sure you’re ready for the living wage!

The National Living Wage replaces the National Minimum Wage on the 1st April 2016.  There has been much confusion over the living wage particularly because of the Living Wage Foundation who have been campaigning for a living wage for many years, however their rate is higher than the National Living Wage agreed. With us so

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HR / Employment Law – Updates and News – Week 9 – 2016

HR / Employment Law – Updates and News

HAVE A CLEAR DRESS CODE TO AVOID ALLEGATIONS OF SEX DISCRIMINATION AND VICTIMISATION The case of JJ Food Service Limited v Mohamud UKEAT/0310/15/JOJ, should serve as a reminder that employers need to provide clear guidance about many aspects of work life in their manuals, particularly any applicable dress code. Following internal disciplinary proceedings the Claimant

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HR / Employment Law – Updates and News – Week 12 – 2016

HR / Employment Law – Updates and News

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS – WHAT HAPPENS DURING MATERNITY LEAVE? Childcare vouchers can be used for both pre-school and before/after-school care (nurseries, child-minders, school out-of-hours clubs) which has been approved/regulated (for example registered with Ofsted in England). They are intended to be used to help primary care-givers return to work and achieve a better family/work balance. Employers

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