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26 May 2015

What is “in the public interest” for whistleblowing cases?

Employers breathed a bit of a sigh of relief when the whistleblowing legislation was tightened up in 2013 so that there had to be a “public interest” element to a complaint.  Until this point, employees were able to complain about a breach of a legal obligation in relation to their own employment relationships with their […]

19 Mar 2015

Revised ACAS Code of Practice in force from 11 March 2015

The new ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures came into force on 11 March 2015.  The changes are only minor and address the matter of who can be a companion. In practice the changes are unlikely to make any real difference, but as we sometimes get questions about whether an employer can […]

4 Mar 2015

Complimentary webinar on protecting your business

We are delighted to launch the first of our 2015 webinars with an HR hot topic.  With the likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram being increasingly used as a B2B/B2C marketing tool, how well protected is your business from the online actions of your employees? Are you concerned about your employees’ online activity and […]

3 Mar 2015

Our Business Immigration Services

In addition to providing employment law support, we can also help with your business immigration needs. Immigration is a topic that is constantly in the public eye, with ever-changing goalposts and compliance requirements.   Therefore the difficulty that businesses face is that the system is not only complex and process-driven but it takes time.  Planning ahead […]

25 Feb 2015

Woolies redundancy case comes into view again.

Do you remember the Woolies redundancy case?  As a quick recap, Woolies treated each of its stores as a separate establishment and as a result it did not count all employees affected by redundancy as one group and this impacted on their obligations to consult collectively.  This was challenged by the unions and the Employment […]

19 Jan 2015

ACAS early claim conciliation

ACAS has made changes to its online early conciliation form so that a claimant can include details of his or her representative, in which case ACAS will make contact with the representative.

23 Dec 2014

Limit on back pay claims

The Government has introduced legislation to limit all unlawful deduction claims (excluding certain claims for example for SMP, SSP) to 2 years before the ET1 is lodged. This is to deal with the claims for retrospective holiday pay arising out of the recent cases on paid holiday. However, this only comes into effect for claims […]

19 Dec 2014

Is obesity a disability?

The European Courts stopped short of making obesity a “protected characteristic” but it did say that it could meet the definition of a disability if it is an impairment which hinders the employee from performing his role in the same way as his or her colleagues. So somebody who has long-term obesity might be protected […]

20 Nov 2014

Pre-claim conciliation

Achieving settlement more efficiently has been attempted via different means in the last few years, including judicial mediation schemes. Now this month sees the introduction of early conciliation through ACAS before it becomes mandatory in May. Most claims are covered by this new procedure which goes like this: Step 1: before a Claimant can submit […]

14 Nov 2014

Flexible working

As of 30 June 2014 all employees with more than 26 weeks’ service will have the right to request flexible working. To date this right has been limited to those with caring responsibilities so this is a significant widening of the right. It will be interesting to see how this will impact on the existing […]