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Your statutory maternity leave entitlements Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks. This is divided into: Ordinary Maternity Leave: covers the first 26 weeks Additional Maternity Leave: covers the last 26 weeks. You do not have to take the… Read on
While some people do not like to work from home and are keen to get back to their workplace, others may be anxious about an in-person return – either because of Covid or other reasons such as poor mental health.… Read on
Before getting to the tribunal hearing, you should try to evaluate the strength of your case. Your chances of success at an employment tribunal will rarely be clear, as several factors usually need consideration. If there is no merit to… Read on
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of what are known as ‘protected characteristics’. ‘Religion or belief’ is counted among the nine protected characteristics. What is a religion or belief? Legally defining ‘religion’… Read on
Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of a ‘protected characteristic’. These include: age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation. Workplace… Read on
Dismissal owing to capability concerns may occur when an employee is not able to do their job to a required standard. ‘Capability’ is a potentially fair reason for dismissal. To be deemed fair by a tribunal, an employer needs to… Read on
In an employment tribunal, the normal rule is that each party pays their own costs, regardless of whether they win or lose their case. However, in some circumstances, one party may have to contribute to the other’s employment tribunal costs.… Read on
Work-related stress and anxiety are caused, or made significantly worse, by a person’s work or working environment. The conditions are typically attributed to several factors, including time-related pressures, workload, general unhappiness, bullying and harassment. Every year, hundreds of thousands of… Read on
There are legitimate steps you can take to ensure a more diverse workplace, but it’s important to understand what amounts to positive discrimination as well as how it differs from positive action. Defining positive discrimination Positive discrimination is the act… Read on
As the country emerges from Covid-lockdown restrictions, there’s been an increase in discussion about furlough fraud and the government’s robust approach to dealing with this. The most common types of fraud are likely to be: requiring an employee to work… Read on