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

Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… Read on

Election 2017: manifesto promises on employment law

Employment rights have figured strongly in the manifestos of the main three political parties. Somewhat surprisingly, the Conservatives are very much a part of a general consensus that employment rights should be expanded. We outline the various commitments. Conservatives Maintain… Read on

Poor attitude constitutes gross misconduct

We report on a further case sanctioning the dismissal of an employee for poor conduct. Background In April 2017, a judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Read on

Santander’s way around zero hours contracts

As recent articles in the press have reported, Santander has introduced new contracts in an effort to circumvent the new rules limiting the use of zero hours contracts. Zero-hour contracts have been much in the news recently. A relatively recent… Read on

Early conciliation: only 1 allowed

We report on a case where the Claimant started the early conciliation process twice. Although the second early conciliation would have put their claim within the valid timeframe, it did not count. The claim was therefore out of time. Background… Read on

New statutory awards for April 2017

Here are the new financial rates and limits for 2017. A maximum week’s pay is £489 for calculating various awards such as the basic award for unfair dismissal; statutory redundancy pay; failure to consider a request for flexible working and… Read on

April 2017 Employment Legislation Changes.

It’s that time of year again when the Government introduces a range of changes to the law affecting employers. As you get ready for the next financial year here are a number headlines to consider. Apprenticeship Levy – The much… Read on