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Mediation is a process through which parties in dispute work with an independent, neutral third person who works with them to identify the issues and assist them in reaching a resolution. Mediation is a confidential process. It is voluntary, so… Read on
Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on
A Polkey deduction is a deduction made from a compensatory award in an unfair dismissal case to reflect the chance that although a dismissal was procedurally unfair it would have happened in any case. A claim for unfair dismissal may… Read on
A restrictive covenant is a term in a contract that prevents you from doing something after your employment has ended such as contacting the customers of your previous employer. Such covenants may be unenforceable unless they go no further than… Read on
Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid holiday that almost all workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank holidays (although… Read on
TUPE stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. These regulations are designed to protect the employment rights of staff when the business or undertaking they are working in is sold or transferred to someone else. TUPE… Read on
Unfair Dismissal is a statutory employment claim that eligible employees can bring in an employment tribunal. Employers are not entitled to dismiss employees for no reason, but can only do so for one of the five, potentially fair reasons: misconduct,… Read on
‘Unlawful deductions from wages’ refers to money taken from worker’s wages by their employer without proper authority. Employees have legal protection against such deductions and may bring a claim in the employment tribunal in respect of any such deductions made… Read on
‘Whistle-blowing’ or ‘blowing the whistle’ is commonly understood as informing on someone who is doing something they shouldn’t. Under UK law, workers have special protections against detrimental treatment and dismissal when they make a qualifying disclosure of information. Whistle-blowing is… Read on
The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) are a set of legal rules that govern workers’ hours, daily and weekly rest breaks and paid annual leave. They implement in the UK, the European Working Time Directive which was introduced as a… Read on