Social media in the workplace: a guide for employers

As a tool used for both marketing and personal communication, understanding the role of social media in the workplace is an important aspect of managing business operations and company culture. How can social media impact businesses? Even if you do… Read on

Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

What are written particulars of employment?

An employer must give “written particulars of employment” to all  employees within 1 month of joining. Written particulars must contain all the basic terms of the employment contract as specified in section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. These… Read on

Why choose a solicitor for your employment documents?

There are many free employment contracts on the internet. Why have a solicitor involved at extra cost? A good question to ask. As a firm of employment law solicitors, when Springhouse speaks to you about your contracts and staff handbooks … Read on

easyJet settles bacon baguette case

We report on a case that has met with much consternation amongst the HR community. But how did it come to this? Background The Claimant in this case, Shannon Gleeson, a flight attendant, was given 2 sandwiches (a croquet-monsieur and… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Are you carrying out a reasonable investigation?

The employment tribunal has provided a reminder about the importance of an employer not simply relying upon a breach of the black letter of its policies to dismiss an employee. Background In this case, Citibank dismissed employee Mr Stimpson for… Read on

Changing Staff Handbook Terms

Can an employer unilaterally change the terms of its contractual staff handbook? No, said the High Court in the case of Sparks and another v Department for Transport. Background Generally, a contract may only be amended in accordance with… Read on

What is a staff handbook?

Staff handbooks, contain an organisation’s workplace policies, procedures and rules which supplement and stand in addition to, contracts of employment. These not only set out clear standards of behaviour which the employer expects from its employees and provide a… Read on