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

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

Non-payment of discretionary bonus: new case

We report on a new case dealing with discretionary bonuses and the steps an employer will need to take if not paying. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Hill, had a bonus scheme with his employer Niksun Inc, which… Read on

What is a staff handbook?

Staff handbooks, or policies and procedures, supplement and stand in addition to, contracts of employment. They not only set out clear standards of behaviour for employees, but are occasionally required by law, and can help the employer avoid a… Read on

Damages for misleading email about ex-employee

The High Court has decided that an email about an ex-employee, sent six years after he had left, and not given as a reference, could still give rise to a damages claim. The HR Director at the employee’s previous employer,… Read on

Facebook dismissal fair

An Employment Tribunal has recently backed JD Wetherspoons in dismissing an employee, Ms Preece, for posting negative Facebook comments about some customers. This was despite the customers having previously been abusive towards her. Ms Preece had also argued that she… Read on