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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
Summary dismissal is the termination of an employment contract by the employer without giving notice. There needs to be gross misconduct or other fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employee for the employer to be able to… Read on
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
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
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
Contrary to the case we have recently reported (Bandara v. BBC) we report on an EAT decision where the employer was allowed to rely on a final written warning, even though the Employment Tribunal held that the initial warning had… Read on
Employees will usually need to show that they have been employed for 2 years or more in order to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Unfair dismissal is one of the most common complaints brought before the Employment Tribunal and… Read on
Constructive dismissal is one of the most frequent and important topics for legal advice at Springhouse. It is, however, commonly misunderstood. An employee needs to have resigned in order to bring a constructive dismissal claim, and this is naturally a… Read on
Zero hours contracts are contracts under which employees or workers agree to work only where the employer makes work available, but there is no certainty that any such work will be made available. Any provision in a zero hours contract… Read on
A legal right to request study or training is given to certain employees. The right only applies to businesses who employee 250 or more people. Furthermore, the training in question needs to relate both to the employee’s own effectiveness, and… Read on