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30 Jun 2017

Whistleblowing in the workplace

The law protects whistle blowers whose employer dismisses them or subjects them to any disadvantage because they have made a protected disclosure. Whistleblowing is effectively reporting any wrongdoing at work that amounts to a breach of a legal obligation. Recently, a junior doctor won a landmark legal victory when it was held that he could […]

30 May 2017

Paid to sleep? The NMW and being ‘on-call’

Currently, any time an employee spends at their place of work ‘on-call’ counts as work. If you you’re not required to stay within a certain place decided by your employer then your time on call doesn’t count as working time until you start work. However, there seems to be a new nightmare for employers after […]

25 May 2017

It’s Election time (again….) so what might that mean for employers?

Everyone’s fed up of hearing about it, but as the General Election races closer, it’s fair to say whoever wins is going to impact massively on our employment laws. The leading parties have published their manifestos, each making commitments that may or may not be effective. There’s no big surprises for employers in the Tory […]

5 Apr 2017

“Wait a little longer for me to recover”

We are often asked how long an employer should await before moving to dismiss a long term sick employee, particularly given the likely exposure to a claim for disability discrimination. The recent case of O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy highlights how tricky this can be. Ms O’Brien, a teacher at the academy, had been […]

4 Apr 2017

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The Time is Now!

After much discussion, consultation and a good few email alerts from us, the snapshot date for gender pay gap reporting has arrived! If you are ready to capture your organisation’s data and have a solution in place to work out all of the percentages you need to report on, great – you can pat yourself […]

3 Apr 2017

Are ‘Workers’ about to be no more?

According to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee, the distinction between ‘employee’ and ‘worker’ should be abolished. This comes to light after the spotlight is firmly shining on the protections agency workers and those in the gig economy. According to the inquiry there is currently a three-tier structure of employment relationships. ‘Employees’ are […]

24 Mar 2017

Are mothers AND fathers being punished at work?

A recent report has found that many fathers do not feel that their childcare needs are being supported in the workplace. The report found that fathers are more likely to face objections when seeking an improved work-life balance, for example when requesting flexible working, while mothers are more likely to be praised for their dedication to […]

27 Feb 2017

Love is in the air, and maybe in the workplace?

It’s February, Valentine’s Day was just a couple of weeks ago, spring is just around the corner – and it’s not unreasonable to think that love may well be in the air.  A romance between co-workers is a tried and tested theme of many rom-coms, but in real life can employers regulate this kind of […]

3 Feb 2017

Could your past (tweets) come back to haunt you? – Fair Dismissal

Some of us are guilty of an angry tweet now and then in the heat of the moment, but what if this angry tweet was on your public profile and insulted your place of work? This was the case in Creighton v Together Housing Association Ltd where the employment tribunal held that an employee was […]

1 Feb 2017

Too much sugar or not enough? – Diabetes and Discrimination

In Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd, the EAT allowed an appeal against a tribunal’s finding that an employee who suffered from type 2 diabetes was not considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010. The judge had not addressed the question whether type 2 diabetes could be regarded as a progressive condition; the right […]