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Constructive dismissal describes the situation where an employer treats a member of staff so badly that they are entitled to resign and treat themselves as having been ‘constructively dismissed’. The conduct relied upon must be very serious, so serious that… Read on
Discrimination, in legal terms, refers to a wide range of protection provided to workers against discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. These are referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. Most… Read on
Harassment is defined as unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating someone else’s dignity; or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. The conduct must be related to a relevant ‘protected characteristic’… Read on
An injury to feelings claim is a claim that can be made as part of a discrimination claim but not an unfair dismissal claim. It is a claim for compensation for the upset, distress or anxiety that a worker might… Read on
Mediation is a process through which parties in dispute work with an independent, neutral third person who works with them to identify the issues and assist them in reaching a resolution. Mediation is a confidential process. It is voluntary, so… Read on
Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on
‘Unlawful deductions from wages’ refers to money taken from worker’s wages without proper authority. There are circumstances in which an employer can legitimately make deductions, for example to recover an overpayment of wages or to enforce a court order. Other… Read on
Victimisation is a particular form of unlawful discrimination where a worker suffers a detriment because they have either made a complaint of discrimination themselves, or have supported someone else in making such a complaint. Whether you are an employee or… Read on
‘Whistle-blowing’ is making a ‘public interest disclosure’. UK law protects workers from being badly treated because they ‘blow the whistle’ on wrong-doing within their employer’s organisation. Not everyone who alleges that their employer has done something wrong is protected in… Read on
The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on