Claim against overseas employees can go to employment tribunal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employment tribunal can hear a case brought by a whistleblower against  colleagues working overseas. Background The so-called “Lawson v Serco” test  is applied by employment tribunals in deciding whether an employee… Read on

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

Handling a bullying grievance: dos and dont’s for employers

Dealing with allegations of workplace bullying is always tricky for an employer because bullying can be hard to recognise and hard to define. Read our article in employment solicitor magazine on the dos and dont’s of handling a bullying grievance.… Read on

What is a grievance?

A grievance is any concern or complaint that is raised by an employee. All employers are required to have a grievance procedure to deal with grievances. Grievance procedures will usually include an informal stage so that minor grievances can be… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

Whistleblowing: BIS guidance for employers and prescribed persons

Whistleblowing guidance BIS have published some very useful guidance on the law on whistleblowing, and how to put whistleblowing policies in place. As a bonus, they have published further guidance on “prescribed persons”, (who should receive whistleblowing complaints) and how… Read on

ACAS extends rights at disciplinaries and grievances

Background Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA) provides a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary (relating to conduct and/or performance) or grievance hearing where they make a reasonable request. The EAT judgment in… Read on

Important case on time limits

The EAT has recently confirmed that time limits for bringing discrimination claims for detrimental treatment run from the date on which the decision to make the detriment was taken as opposed to when the employee learns of it. The case… Read on

Confidentiality v free speech

Could a Hungarian TV broadcaster rely on a confidentiality clause to dismiss a journalist who had made allegations of censorship? No it couldn’t, without infringing the journalist’s right to freedom of expression, said the European Court of Human Rights in… Read on

Colour-blind ban discriminatory against men?

Police Scotland has accepted that it needs to reverse its ban on recruiting colour-blind trainees. This is in the face of Employment Tribunal proceedings alleging that this disadvantaged more men when compared to women; the reason being that more men… Read on