Can I sue my employer for work-related stress?

Sometimes, it seems like there is a stress epidemic going on as the pressures of modern life cause more and more people, in all walks of life and of all ages, to report feelings of stress.  The impact of this… Read on

How to bring a grievance

Grievance procedures exist to enable employers and employees to resolve any issues which may arise during the course of the working relationship. All employers are required to provide a framework for dealing with complaints from their staff. In this article… Read on

Christmas parties at work: what to watch out for

If you are lucky enough to work for an employer which still throws a Christmas party (it’s been reported this year that many are cancelling the annual shindig and making a donation to charity instead), then there are various legal… Read on

Workplace bullying: five things you need to know

The statistics suggest that workplace bullying is an all too common problem, with many cases likely to go unreported as victims suffer in silence. Many workers may not even realise that their treatment could be regarded as bullying, so, what… Read on

Sexual harassment at work: is it really black and white?

Female stars at this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA awards wore black and celebrities at the Grammys donned white roses to show support for the movement against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. But what practical steps can individuals in… Read on

Equal pay claims hit the retail sector

It has been reported that Tesco is facing the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim with female staff chasing back pay of up to £4 billion. The latest legal challenge sees women store workers claiming parity with men who work… Read on

Bullying at work: what can I do about it?

Often staff will not feel confident raising a bullying complaint, particularly if the alleged bully is a manager. But every employer needs to take grievances seriously; individuals should not suffer in silence and need to speak out where they think… 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

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