What is a grievance?

A grievance is any concern or complaint that is raised by an employee. All employers are required to have a grievance procedure to deal with grievances. Grievance procedures will usually include an informal stage so that minor grievances can be… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

Whistleblowing: BIS guidance for employers and prescribed persons

Whistleblowing guidance BIS have published some very useful guidance on the law on whistleblowing, and how to put whistleblowing policies in place. As a bonus, they have published further guidance on “prescribed persons”, (who should receive whistleblowing complaints) and how… Read on

ACAS extends rights at disciplinaries and grievances

Background Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA) provides a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary (relating to conduct and/or performance) or grievance hearing where they make a reasonable request. The EAT judgment in… Read on

Important case on time limits

The EAT has recently confirmed that time limits for bringing discrimination claims for detrimental treatment run from the date on which the decision to make the detriment was taken as opposed to when the employee learns of it. The case… Read on

Confidentiality v free speech

Could a Hungarian TV broadcaster rely on a confidentiality clause to dismiss a journalist who had made allegations of censorship? No it couldn’t, without infringing the journalist’s right to freedom of expression, said the European Court of Human Rights in… Read on

Colour-blind ban discriminatory against men?

Police Scotland has accepted that it needs to reverse its ban on recruiting colour-blind trainees. This is in the face of Employment Tribunal proceedings alleging that this disadvantaged more men when compared to women; the reason being that more men… Read on

Obesity a disability?

Does obesity qualify as a disability? This would of course mean that employers would have to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ such as large chairs, desks, altered duties etc. According to the Advocate of General in Kaltoft v. Billund Municipality, the… Read on

Football referee an employee?

Should a football referee be considered an employee under the Employment Rights Act 1996? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in the recent case of Conroy v the Scottish Football Association. Background In this case Mr Conroy, the… Read on