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What is constructive dismissal?

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

What does discrimination mean?

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

What is an employment tribunal?

Employment tribunals are a network of courts that only hear particular types of claims by employees, such as unfair dismissal claims and discrimination claims. They are presided over by an Employment Judge. Some cases will be heard by a panel… Read on

What is harassment?

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

What does injury to feelings mean?

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

What is mediation?

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

What is parental leave?

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

What does TUPE mean?

TUPE stands for  the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. These regulations are designed to protect the employment rights of staff when the business or undertaking they are working in is sold or transferred to someone else. TUPE… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ 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

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) are a set of legal rules that govern workers’ hours, daily and weekly rest breaks and paid annual leave. They implement in the UK, the European Working Time Directive which was introduced as a… Read on

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