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Employers urged to prepare for London Olympics

In preparation for the Olympic Games, which will run from 27th July to 12th August 2012, employers in London are being encouraged to communicate with their staff to plan ahead and mitigate any disruption. Recommendations include: Encouraging staff to take… Read on

The Beecroft Report

On 21st May 2012, the controversial Beecroft Report was published by the UK Government. The report had been commissioned to explore whether any areas of employment law could be simplified in an effort to kick-start the economy and create jobs.… Read on

Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… Read on

Major employment law changes 2012

There are a number of changes to employment legislation which come into force in April 2012. We have previously trailed some, and here are the most important: The qualifying period for unfair dismissal for those employed on or after 6th… Read on

Effect of lying during disciplinary

In a recent decision a Claimant has had her unfair dismissal compensation payment reduced by 80% because she had lied during the internal disciplinary hearing that resulted in her dismissal. The Claimant had been asked to explain an email she… Read on

Delay of parental leave increase

The UK Government has announced that it is taking advantage of the European Commission’s one year’s grace for implementing an increase from three to four months parental leave entitlement, which will now be implemented in March 2013.… Read on

Can employers insist staff sign a 48 hour opt-out

An employee can choose to opt out of the maximum 48 hour average working week stipulated by the Working Time Regulations. Each employee also has the right not to be subjected to any detriment for doing so. So, what happens… Read on

When holiday entitlement can’t be carried over

When it comes to holiday entitlement the ‘use it or lose it’ rule has long been understood. Recent cases have challenged this approach and in 2009 a European Court decision held that an employee who was on sick leave during… Read on

Not possible to retract a mistaken dismissal

In this recent case, the employer (CF Capital plc) had discussed with Miss Willoughby (their employee) the possibility of changing her employment to a self-employed role, to avoid redundancy. Miss Willoughby requested more information, but CF Capital thought she had… Read on

Springhouse expands to Portsmouth

Springhouse is expanding. We will shortly be opening new office facilities in Portsmouth’s 1000 Lakeside complex. Managing Director Ben Power says We hope our local clients will be as delighted as we are that we will have a physical presence… Read on