Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

Staff handbooks, and what to include in them

Some staff policies are required by law. Some can be very effective in avoiding legal problems, and, a third category can be very helpful in setting out the standards of behaviour you expect of your staff. We do usually not… Read on

What type of contract is right for my business?

This is a question that you need to get right. Putting a contract in place that has the wrong kind of protections can cost a business dearly. Problems will usually creep in because the contract in place is not geared… Read on

What are written particulars of employment?

Written particulars of employment set out the basics of the employment contract. They need to be given to employees within 1 month of joining, and are specified s.1 Employment Rights Act 1996. If this does not happen, an Employment Tribunal… Read on

Springhouse guide to staff handbooks

What exactly are staff handbooks? What needs to be included in them and what doesn’t? What potential pitfalls are there to look out for? We answer all these questions and more in our employment law guide to staff handbooks. Alternatively,… Read on

Why choose a solicitor for your employment documents?

There are many free employment contracts on the internet. Why have a solicitor involved at extra cost? A good question to ask. As a firm of employment law solicitors, when Springhouse speaks to you about your contracts and staff handbooks … Read on

easyJet settles bacon baguette case

We report on a case that has met with much consternation amongst the HR community. But how did it come to this? Background The Claimant in this case, Shannon Gleeson, a flight attendant, was given 2 sandwiches (a croquet-monsieur and… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Are you carrying out a reasonable investigation?

The employment tribunal has provided a reminder about the importance of an employer not simply relying upon a breach of the black letter of its policies to dismiss an employee. Background In this case, Citibank dismissed employee Mr Stimpson for… Read on

Changing Staff Handbook Terms

Can an employer unilaterally change the terms of its contractual staff handbook? No, said the High Court in the case of Sparks and another v Department for Transport. Background Generally, a contract may only be amended in accordance with… Read on