Can my employer set a dress code?

It was recently reported that Goldman Sachs no longer requires employees to wear a suit and tie. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic has abolished a rule requiring female cabin crew to wear make-up. While this suggests a trend of employers relaxing their… Read on

Is my employer’s performance management procedure fair?

Performance management is important in all organisations. Employers may use performance management systems in different ways and for a variety of reasons. This can be an emotive area where staff feel they are being criticised personally and awkward for managers… Read on

Top tips for reference writers

There are numerous legal issues for employers to bear in mind when responding to reference requests.  Getting it wrong could result in legal liability for discrimination, negligence or data protection breaches. For more information on the legal issues to consider… 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

Staff handbooks, and what to include in them

Some staff policies are required by law. Some can be very effective in avoiding legal problems, and, a third category can be very helpful in setting out the standards of behaviour you expect of your staff. We do usually not… Read on

What type of contract is right for my business?

This is a question that you need to get right. Putting a contract in place that has the wrong kind of protections can cost a business dearly. Problems will usually creep in because the contract in place is not geared… Read on