What is maternity leave?

Maternity leave is a right given to new mothers who are employees to take up to 1 year off work, and return to the same, or reasonably similar job thereafter. Maternity leave is compulsory for the first 2 weeks post… Read on

What are adoption appointment rights?

Adoption appointment rights give adopting employees a right to paid time off work so that they can attend meetings relevant to a future adoption. These rights work in a similar way to ante-natal appointment rights.  … Read on

CitySprint – further case on gig economy

Hot on the heels of Uber, we report on an employment tribunal decision going against CitySprint, and a further nail in the coffin for the gig economy. Background This claim was brought by Maggie Dewhurst. As a CitySprint bicycle courier… Read on

What are your ante-natal care rights?

Ante-natal care rights entitle certain working parents to reasonable paid time off work in order to attend ante-natal appointments. The employee must be attending the appointment on the advice of a suitably qualified practitioner (doctor, registered midwife or registered nurse).… Read on

What are maternity and parental rights?

Maternity and parental rights refer to a large number of rights given to working parents under UK employment law. The rights are to maternity leave, maternity pay, paternity leave, paternity pay, adoption leave, adoption pay, parental leave (unpaid), shared parental… Read on

What is a disciplinary hearing?

A disciplinary hearing is a meeting that is called by an employer to address in a formal way any issues they have with an employee. Day to day matters that have little impact on the business will usually be dealt… Read on

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

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on

Stress did not amount to disability

We report on a case where the stress suffered by an employee due to his work situation and subsequent litigation was not sufficient to give rise to a disability. Background In this case the Claimant, Mr Herry, brought a wide-ranging… Read on