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20 Nov 2019

Menopause – Breaking the Taboo

The menopause is something all women go through, usually later in life, and the trend for employees to work for longer brings with it the importance of considering of issues that come with.   This issue is specific to women, but it’s important that all staff understand the impact, which can be immense. ACAS has recently […]

19 Sep 2019

Family Matters

As the second stage of measures by the government to implement the Good Work Plan in response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, views are being sought on family leave and pay. What do you need to know? There are proposals to reform the current maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and unpaid parental […]

23 Aug 2019

Can restrictive covenants restrict themselves?

Employees come and go and often employers will want to prevent their ex-employees from working for competitors. Recently, in Tilman v Egon Zehnder there was a breakthrough in the severance of restrictive covenants. In this case, Tilman was a senior employee and partner for recruitment business Egon Zehnder but her employment ended in January 2017 […]

22 Aug 2019

Collective Bargaining

The rules regarding trade unions and what employers can and cannot do in regards to them can be a particularly tricky and grey area for employers. However, some light has recently been shed by the Court of Appeal in the case of Kostal UK v Dunkley regarding s145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations […]

21 Aug 2019

Secret recordings – just part of the package now?

If you asked the ordinary person if secretly recording a conversation breaks trust and confidence the majority would probably say yes. However, recently in the Employment Appeal Tribunal this was not the case. In the case of Phoenix House Ltd v Stockman, Stockman worked as a financial accountant for Phoenix House she complained of unfair […]

21 Aug 2019

Disability Discrimination: Another Layer?

Disability discrimination is something that is bought to the Employment Tribunal’s attention over and over again. This was no different in the recent case of Ahmed v Cardinal Hume Academies. However, this case seems more unusual as it arose out of an employer’s attempt to accommodate a disability that led to accusations of disability discrimination. […]

11 Mar 2019

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – A follow up

Earlier this year the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) published a report with five main aims to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace: 1) employers to put sexual harassment at the top of their agenda, 2) regulators to take more active roles, 3) improvement of enforcement processes, 4) clean up use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), […]

10 Jan 2019

Dangerous After Parties – For All Concerned!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  This case is (not) full of festive cheer, considering, as it did, whether an employer was vicariously liable for the act of a managing director who attacked and seriously injured an employee at drinks following the work Christmas social. Mr Bellman (B) was a sales manager at […]

19 Dec 2018

Sentencing Car Crash for Data Thief Employee

Data protection has always been a hot topic for employers and has become of even more importance, given the General Data Protection Regulation introduced this year.  However, has it ever been made clear to employees that there are serious consequences including prison sentences if found guilty of a data protection breach?  If they were not […]

10 Dec 2018

Hands Off! Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Christmas comes but once a year, unlike stories of sexual harassment, which have been rife in recent months.  The latest scandal to hit the retail sector has arisen from the ‘hugging’ culture allegedly enforced by Ted Baker CEO, Ray Kelvin.  The frequency and seriousness of sexual harassment stories in the press is somewhat depressing, but […]