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

What is classed as cyberbullying at work?

It can be difficult to know what is classed as cyberbullying, as well as what you can do about it. Therefore, it is important to understand what help is available. What is classed as bullying? There is no ‘legal definition’… Read on

What is the correct procedure for a disciplinary action?

If an employer has concerns about some aspect of an employee’s conduct or performance, it is essential they follow a full and fair procedure for disciplinary action when dealing with it. ACAS Code of Conduct relating to disciplinary action There… Read on

Fired for poor performance without warning

What the law says about dismissing employees The Employment Rights Act 1996 lists five fair reasons for dismissal: conduct capability redundancy statutory ban some other substantial reason Poor performance, also referred to as capability, can be a reason for… Read on

Carrying out a disciplinary investigation

As an employer, you may need to carry out a disciplinary investigation. In these circumstances it is essential to handle the matter in a way that is both transparent and fair. Acas Code of Practice This should be an employer’s… Read on

Misconduct outside the workplace

Many employees may assume that how they behave outside work has nothing to do with their employer. While they may be right, there are occasions when misconduct within one’s personal life may have repercussions for their employment, resulting in disciplinary… 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

What is a disciplinary hearing?

A disciplinary hearing is a meeting that is called by an employer to address in a formal way any issues they have with an employee. Day to day matters that have little impact on the business will usually be dealt… Read on

Final written warning could be relied on

Contrary to the case we have recently reported (Bandara v. BBC) we report on an EAT decision where the employer was allowed to rely on a final written warning, even though the Employment Tribunal held that the initial warning had… Read on

Personal social media at work: ECHR decision

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights about employee’s private use of a Yahoo Messenger account has hit the news in a big way over the last couple of days. We explain the legal rationale behind it. Background… Read on

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