BBC wins defamatory appraisal claim

In a recent High Court decision, employee Dr Daniels brought a libel action against the BBC over an appraisal which referred to errors he had made, communication problems and failures to follow instructions. At Springhouse, we advise employers to raise… Read on

Grievances extreme whistleblowing hazard

Employers should not treat workers who have made a protected disclosure (otherwise known as whistleblowing) detrimentally. Financial liability for having done so is unlimited, and workers are protected from day one. Furthermore, a recent case has held that an employer… Read on

What is harassment?

Harassment is defined as unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating someone else’s dignity; or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. The conduct must be related to a relevant ‘protected characteristic’… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ is making a ‘public interest disclosure’. UK law protects workers from being badly treated because they ‘blow the whistle’ on wrong-doing within their employer’s organisation. Not everyone who alleges that their employer has done something wrong is protected in… Read on