What is whistleblowing?

‘Whistleblowing’ 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

Emergency Volunteering Leave

Important new volunteering rights for workers The Coronavirus Act 2020, apart from changing the SSP scheme, introduces an important new right to emergency volunteering leave for workers. Don’t think of applying to the NHS at the moment (2 April), however,… Read on

Disciplinary issues in the workplace

What amounts to a workplace disciplinary issue? It’s not always easy to define: workplace disciplinary issues will normally concern the conduct, absence or work of you or your colleagues. Your contract of employment or employee handbook should set out what… Read on

Examples of discrimination in the workplace

The Equality Act 2010 gives all employees the right to be treated fairly at work. That means you should not suffer discrimination in the workplace on grounds of ageracesexdisabilitysexual orientationgender Read on

What are grievances at work?

Your workplace should be a safe, healthy and happy working environment. However, problems can and do arise at work and, if serious enough, can amount to a work grievance. There is no legal definition of grievances at work, but it… Read on

Can I be sacked while on sick leave?

The occasional absence from work for sickness in inevitable. This will usually be accepted by your employer and may be paid or not paid. Unfortunately, long periods of employee sick leave can cause significant problems for businesses, which may leave… Read on

Gender discrimination in the workplace

Unfortunately, gender discrimination is still relatively common in the workplace. So, what is gender discrimination and what can you do about it if you think you have suffered discrimination? What is gender discrimination? The law provides that men and women… Read on

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