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Can I dismiss an employee with less than two years' service without following a fair procedure?

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It is usually only after two years of continuous service that an employee becomes protected against unfair dismissal. Employers are generally entitled to dismiss an employee with less than two years service without needing to follow a fair procedure or...

Can I force my employees to return to the office when they have been working from home?

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With the UK entering its third national lockdown, it is clear that many employers will have to maintain homeworking arrangements well into 2021. There is hope however, that as vaccines continue to be distributed throughout the country this will be the final...

Employment Law Case Update: Indirect Age Discrimination

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As an employer, it is likely that you will be aware of the ways you can directly discriminate against an employee but how in tune are you with your practices and policies that constitute indirect discrimination. Our Employment Law team review the...

Can I force my employees to have the coronavirus vaccine?

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As we enter another national lockdown at the beginning of a New Year, the glimmer of hope that many people, including our Prime Minister, are clinging to is the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination. However, many employers may also be wondering how the...

Five key changes to Employment Law in 2021

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After a difficult and turbulent year many employers are no doubt hoping for a smoother 2021. However, the coming 12 months will have their own challenges and employers should be prepared. Our Employment Law team here outline some of the main changes in...

Employment Law Case Update: Religion and Belief Discrimination

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Every employer should be aware of the nine protected characteristics under the Equalty Act 2010 regarding discrimination against employees; one of which being religion or belief. Our Employment Law team reviews a case here, Higgs v...

ICO Update - Important information for employers regarding Data Subject Access Requests

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The Information Commissioner Office (ICO) has recently released updated guidance for businesses on how to handle a data subject access request (DSAR). Our Employment Law team here outline some of the main points employers should be aware of and...

Employment Law Case Update: Disability Discrimination and Dismissal

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As employers, it's vital that you follow your own procedures should you need to take an employee through a disciplinary or dismissal. Our Employment Law team today discusses the case of Mr D Walker v Old Swinford Hospital School which...

Should I let my employees work remotely from abroad?

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Over the past year, many employers and employees have realised that some jobs can be effectively done from the employee’s home. Consequently, some employees may wish to take this a step further and request to work remotely from abroad. Our ...

Employment Law Case Update: Failure to Investigate

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When faced with an employee's misconduct it is crucial that as an employer, you investigate the incident adequately, as well as any subsequent grievances that may arise from it. Our Employment Law team today review the case of Mr Lancelot Lewis...

How does furlough impact bank holidays?

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As the holiday season approaches, one question that may be on employers’ minds is how their furloughed employees will be affected by the upcoming bank holidays. Our Employment Law team discusses this here, outlining some of the rules regarding annual...

Employment Law Case Update: Age Discrimination and Retirement

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When considering a retirement age within your business, if you wish to make this a mandatory age, there will need to be legitimate business reasons for such a requirement. Our Employment Law team today review the case of Professor Paul Ewart v...

What should be included in a homeworking policy?

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The mass shift to homeworking arrangements has been one of the many challenges employers faced this past year. Many employers will have had to devise a homeworking policy without the benefit of much experience with homeworking in their workplace....

Employment Law Case Update: Breach of Implied Trust and Confidence

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Failure to support a management team without proper consultation or justification could lead an employer to more problems than a disgruntled manager. This is demonstrated in the case up for review today by our Employment Law team of Ms Gillian...

It's good to talk (sometimes): Acas Early Conciliation is changing from 1st December 2020

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In September 2020, the Government introduced amendments to the snappily titled Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014. These made changes to Employment Tribunal procedure and compulsory Acas Early...

Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance - What do employers need to know?

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On Saturday 31 October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that there will be a 4 week lockdown, including the closure of pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops, from Thursday 5 November in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. To...

Employment Law Case Update: Constructive Unfair Dismissal and Appeals

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Every employer should have a process when managing dismissals with the right to appeal an integral part of that process. However, can that appeal process hamper any potential constructive unfair dismissal claim from an employee? Our Employment...

What is an interim relief order in relation to whistleblowing?

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it many changes in Employment Law and it has also seen an increase in whistleblowing from employees, whether that is in relation to furlough leave or employers breaking health and safety rules in making workplaces...

Employment Law Case Update: Age and Disability Discrimination

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All employers should be aware of the nine protected characteristics in Employment Law, which includes age and disability. Our Employment Law team here review the case of Walsh v Rose Medical Limited, which demonstrates how an employer should not...

Do I need to offer my employee the right to appeal if I have made them redundant?

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When planning to make redundancies in your organisation it is important that you adopt a fair procedure, which may or may not include offering the employee the right of appeal. Strictly speaking, there is no legal obligation to offer employees a...

Employment Law Case Update: Is Stoicism a philosophical belief?

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It's important for all employers to be aware of the 9 protected characteristics under teh Equality Act 2010; one of which being religion or belief. Our Employment Law team today review the unprecedented case of Mr S Jackson v Lidl Great...

What is the Job Support Scheme?

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Since publication of this article, on 31st October it was announced that a further national lockdown would commence starting on 5th November and ending on 2nd December. It was subsequently announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)...

Employment Law Case Update: Redundancy and Alternative Employment

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With the furlough scheme coming to an end in a matter of days, unfortunately more businesses are facing the difficult decision of making redundancies , even with the new Job Support Scheme on offer. It is vital that if you are considering...

How do I practice positive action in my business?

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As businesses plan their future through the current global health crisis, building a strong workforce will be more important than ever. When building a team, employers should not overlook the benefits of diversity in their workforce as there is some evidence...

Employment Law Case Update: Gender-Fluid and Non-Binary Employees

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A recent case has added further to the ever-evolving situation regarding gender-fluid and non-binary employees and the protections afforded them under the Equality Act. This is an area with fast moving precedents and it’s one to watch. Our Employment...

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

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In an attempt to boost the creation of jobs in the UK, the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Kickstart Scheme which is due to commence in November 2020. This scheme is designed to create new jobs for people aged between 16 and 24 who are currently...

Employment Law Case Update: Time Spent Travelling

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A ground breaking case, which has taken four years to conclude, has highlighted the need for employers to ensure that their employees are being paid ther National Minimum Wage, and that their time working is adequately reflected to ensure this. Our ...

What are the practical considerations of bringing employees back from furlough leave?

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On 31 October, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of April 2021. You can find out more about the extension in our latest Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance article. ...

Employment Law Case Update: Foster Carers

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Employment status continues to be an important topic for employers, as demonstrated by the latest ruling for foster carers in Glasgow. Our Employment Law team here reviews the case, the ruling and what this means for employers. Two foster carers,...

What do I do if my employee is accused of a crime?

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The relationship between employers and employees is highly important and it is understandable that you will be concerned about the repercussions if an employee is accused of a crime. When faced with this, employers must be careful of the accused...

Employment Law Case Update: Mental Health

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Mental health is an incredibly important subject amongst our employees and it is vital that employers manage this with sensitivity, understanding and ensuring managers are able to spot the signs. Our Employment Law team here review the case of...

How do I select the pool for redundancy?

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If your business has to make the difficult decision to make redundancies , there is a set process you are required to follow. This will be a challenging time for both you and your employees as you face an uncertain future, but following this procedure...

Employment Law Case Update: Employment Status for Agency Workers

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Determining employment status is a tricky area of employment law and even more so with regards to agency workers. Our Employment Law team reviews the case of Angard Staffing Solutions and Royal Mail v Mr D Kocur and others, which illustrates...

Should I place my employee on garden leave?

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Garden leave (sometimes called gardening leave) is one strategy companies may use to protect their business when an employee leaves, and are regularly used alongside restrictive covenants . With many businesses facing changes in the current climate,...

Employment Law Case Update: Suspending an employee

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Suspending an employee may be an open and shut case as far as you're concerned, but you should always ensure you follow a correct procedure and don't make any hasty decisions. Our Employment Law team here reviews the case of Strothard v...

What immigration rules will apply to employment from January 2021?

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While many businesses are still focused on the current global health crisis, some employers may be looking ahead to 2021 when the transition period for Brexit is scheduled to end. When this happens, free movement between the UK and the EU will also end so...

Employment Law Case Update: Fair Dismissal Procedure

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Every employer knows that should they wish to dismiss an employee, they must follow a fair procedure otherwise they could be faced with an unfair dismissal claim in tribunal; but are there exceptions to the rule? Our Employment Law team reviews the...

What changes could be introduced under the new Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill?

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With more people unfortunately facing redundancies this year, there is a concern from certain groups that pregnant women and mothers on maternity leave could face discrimination when it comes to the redundancy process. In light of this, the Pregnancy...

Employment Law Case Update: Direct and Indirect Discrimination

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Is your workforce a diverse one? Are you confident that your managers and team members are not discriminatory? These are two key factors to consider when running a business; our Employment Law team here reviews a case in which diversity was at the...

How do I change my employees' employment contracts legally?

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As the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme approaches, many employers will be considering new measures to protect the future of their business. These could include reducing employee benefits, having employees work part-time, or making homeworking...

Employment Law Case Update: Employment Status

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Employment status has been a hot topic in recent years, and it has continued this year with the recent case of J Varnish v British Cycling Federation t/a British Cycling . Our Employment Law team reviews the case and explains the importance of...

What is bereavement leave?

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The last few months have made employers consider many situations regarding their policies and how they manage and support their employees during difficult times, including during bereavement. Bereavement leave is one way employers can support an...

Employment Law Case Update: Restructuring

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The coming months are likely to bring many changes to businesses including possible redundancies or restructuring to keep roles where possible. It is important that employers follow the right procedure when doing so making the wrong decisions or taking...

Can employers base redundancy payments on furlough wages?

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Redundancies are always a stressful time for all parties involved; employees are worried about their future and employers will want to look after those employees as best they can, as well as ensure they follow a fair and proper procedure to avoid tribunal...

Employment Law Case Update: Pregnancy Discrimination

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Knowing how to manage a pregnant employee and being aware of their Employment Law rights from the outset is vital in order to avoid a potential Tribunal claim against you for discrimination. Our Employment Law team today review the case of Jallow v...

What are my rights when offered a settlement agreement due to redundancy?

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In these difficult economic times many employees may find themselves facing redundancy. If you are offered a settlement agreement due to redundancy, it is important you understand your rights and the rights you could be waiving should you sign the...

Employment Law Case Update: Victimisation and Whistleblowing

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As an employer, if you have any concerns about the performance of an employee, it is vital that a thorough and fair investigation is carried out, and that there are no incidents of victimisation during the course of your actions. Our Employment Law ...

What are my rights as an employee when facing redundancy?

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In our current climate, businesses are having to make the difficult decisions to make their employees redundant in light of having to reduce their size, restructure, close or as the furlough scheme comes to an end. As an employee, it is important that...

Employment Law Case Update: Marital Status Discrimination

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We spend the majority of our lives at work and so it can only be natural that we form close relationships with our colleagues, occasionally even romantic ones. As an employer, you may wish to implement a policy regarding relationships at work; our ...

Is a furloughed employee entitled to a statutory redundancy payment?

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The last few months have certainly seen many changes in the world of Employment Law, particularly with the introduction of furlough leave. Many questions arose following its implementation regarding timeframes, holiday leave, maternity and paternity...

Employment Law Case Update: Collective Redundancies

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When it comes to making redundancies, even the well known brands can still get it wrong. Our Employment Law team today review the recent case of Ms T Low and Others v Jamie’ s Italian Ltd (in administration) and the importance of the...

How can I support the mental health of my employees as they return to work?

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Employers have a legal duty of care to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, which extends to their mental health. As an employer, you should be aware that previous workplace strategies to support mental health may not be...

Employment Law Case Update: Whistleblowing and constructive dismissal

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Whistleblowing is a hot topic in light of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly relating to employees who have been placed on furlough leave. The case of Robinson v Mind Monmouthshire serves as a salutary reminder of how to handle whistleblowing. ...

What is flexible furlough?

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On 31 October, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of March 2021. You can find out more about the extension in our latest Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance article. ...

Employment Law Case Update: Discrimination and Psychiatric Harm

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Our Employment Law team here reviews the case of Royal Bank of Scotland v AB , and explain how serious a judgment against an employer can be when discriminatory treatment causes psychiatric harm. AB worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland...

Employment Law Case Update: Behaviour Caused or Affected by Disability

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Our Employment Law team here review the case of J Austin v The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and advises how ignoring the background issues behind an employee’s pattern of behaviours led to tribunal. Ms Austin was an employee of the...

Can I claim back the Statutory Sick Pay I have paid to my employees?

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On 26 May, the Government launched the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (CSSPRS). This scheme was implemented to help employers of small and medium sized businesses cope with the increase in staff claiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to...

Employment Law Case Update: Disability and Work Place Adjustments

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Insensitivity towards an employee's disability can be costly for employers, as demonstrated in the recent case of N Williams v Boots Management Services Ltd . Our Employment Law team review the case and advise how employers can avoid...

Employment Law Case Update: Constructive Dismissal and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Discrimination is a hot topic at the moment and a recent case has highlighted how a change in behaviour towards an employee could lead to tribunal. Our Employment Law team review the case of Allen v Paradigm Precision Burnley Limited and Carl...

What are the GDPR implications for testing staff for coronavirus?

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As employers begin to open up the conversation with their employees about returning to the workplace, there are several ways that they can be providing a safe working environment for their employees; one of which being testing for coronavirus. There...

How do I calculate notice pay for an employee who has been on furlough leave?

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On 31 October, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of March 2021. You can find out more about the extension in our latest Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance article. ...

How do I carry out individual or collective redundancies?

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world that we live and work in and unfortunately, in spite of the level of support from the Government, it is inevitable that some businesses will be required to consider making redundancies. Our Employment Law...

Employment Law Case Update: Witness Evidence and Discrimination

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If you or your employees are required to provide witness evidence in a tribunal claim, it is also important that they are willing to appear in tribunal. This was highlighted in the recent case of T Bond v J Large t/a Lads and Dads Barbers which...

Employment Law Case Update: Fair Redundancy and Internal Candidates

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We are regularly hearing of redundancies in the news in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, and it is vital that should you be considering making redundancies in your business, you carry out the process fairly and without bias. A recent legal...

Can I force my employees to return to work from furlough leave?

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On 31 October, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of March 2021. You can find out more about the extension in our latest Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance article. ...

Employment Law Case Update: Conclusive Investigations into Employee Conduct

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Workplace gossip and so called "banter" are an employers nightmare, and there is a fine line before it can become the foundations of a tribunal claim. The Employment Law team here review the case of Lawson v Virgin Atlantic Airways...

Employment Law Case Update: Contractors and Vicarious Liability

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The case of Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants has, over a number of years, been seeking to establish whether companies are vicariously liable for the actions of independent contractors. Our Employment Law team here review the case in further...

Employment Law Case Update: Full and Fair Investigation

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Carrying out investigations into allegations of misconduct against an employee is unfortunately part of most employer's routines. The case of Leigh Andrews v St Mungo’s Community Housing Association is a good example how the past can come...

Employment Law Case Update: Racism and Sexual Harassment

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The case of Anne Giwa-Amu v Department for Work and Pensions illustrates precisely the way not to handle a grievance around racism and ageism. Miss Giwa-Amu was an administration officer working for Caerphilly’s Department for Work and Pensions....

What should I pay my furloughed employees who have just come back from maternity and paternity leave?

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On 31 October, it was announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of March 2021. You can find out more about the extension in our latest Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance article. ...

Can I delay a start date or withdraw a job offer in light of coronavirus?

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Employers who made an offer of employment prior to the coronavirus pandemic may be considering whether a start date can be postponed or the offer can be withdrawn. There could be several reasons; you may be required to save costs if there is a...

Employment Law Case Update: Resignations and Cooling Off Periods

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When an employee hands in their notice, do you allow them to have a cooling off period? This topic was up for discussion in the recent case of Robert S Rae v Wellhead Electrical Supplies Limited . In early 2019, Robert Rae, founder and former...

Can my apprentices continue learning while on furlough leave?

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Many business are struggling to keep all of their employees, including their apprentices, working at present due to the coronavirus outbreak. As such, businesses have placed many individuals on furlough leave. Our Employment Law team here reviews how...

Employment Law Case Update: Redundancy cover for dismissal

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When dismissing an employee, it is vital that employers do so using a fair procedure and are transparent about the reasons behind the dismissal. In the case of S Sparks v DB Cleaners and Launderers Ltd, the employer used redundancy opposed to...

Employment Case Law Update: Vicarious Liability

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The case of Morrisons v Various Claimants has been one we have reported on several times as it has moved from the High Court to the Court of Appeal, and now the Supreme Court has ruled that an employer cannot be held to be liable for a data breach where an...

How do I manage employee data and employee handling of client data during the coronavirus pandemic?

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Increasing numbers of staff are working from home or away from the office which could make confidential information and personal data more vulnerable to data breaches; particularly where cyber-criminals are increasing their fraudulent scams. Data which...

How has coronavirus changed holiday leave entitlement for my employees?

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent guidance from the Foreign Office against all but essential travel abroad indefinitely, you may find affected employees seeking to cancel their annual leave and use it once the restrictions have been...

Employment Law Case Update: Witnesses in disciplinary hearings

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As an employer, it is likely that you will be called upon to carry out disciplinary proceedings. The case of Lewis v The Governing Body of Tairgwaith Primary School illustrates the importance of making reasonable effort to ask witnesses to...

How do I manage employees working from home?

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In light of the increasing number of employees now working from home full-time it is important that employers manage their employees effectively during this time. Our Employment Law team here review new guidance from Acas regarding working from...

What is Furlough Leave and how does it work?

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On Friday 20 March, the Chancellor announced the concept of Furloughed Leave in response to the economic uncertainty caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As part of this announcement, the Chancellor explained that a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) would be set up to allow “all UK employers… to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.” This has been referred to as Furloughed Leave. Here, our Employment team explain what Furloughed Leave is, who it applies to and how employers can apply for the grant.

Employment Law Case Update: Unfair Dismissal and Disability Discrimination

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Interviews can sometimes be a difficult task. Depending on how many applications you receive and how many positions you have available, you could be interviewing multiple candidates over a number of weeks and it important that detailed notes are kept for you to review when deciding who, if anyone, to hire.

How often should I do appraisals and what should be included?

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Although some employers may treat appraisals as no more than a tick box exercise, or find conversations on poor performance difficult, they are important. While there is no legal requirement for you to carry out appraisals with your employees, they can be useful in monitoring and supporting their performance. How often they should be held will depend on your business, but the more regularly they are scheduled, the better. In this article, our Employment team explore this in further detail and also explain why you should hold appraisals, what should be included in them and what can happen if you don’t hold them.

Do I have to pay my employees if I have to close my business due to poor weather or travel disruption?

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The commute to work can be difficult at the best of times, but adding adverse weather conditions into the equation can mean employees may find it impossible to get into the office at all, but what does that mean for their pay? As an employer, you might decide to temporarily close your business due to the weather conditions, in which case your employees would still be entitled to their pay. However, where your business site remains open, you are under no obligation to pay employees who do not attend work due to transport disruption, unless this is provided for in their employment contract. In this article, our Employment team detail the considerations you will have to make in regards to closing your business due to weather conditions, as well as alternatives you can offer your employees if they cannot attend work.

How can I support my LGBT employees - Ten ways to create an inclusive workplace

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Over the last decade, organisations in all sectors have made huge strides in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and creating an inclusive workplace. However, there is still work to be done as many LGBT people in the UK still choose not to disclose their sexuality at work. Research has also shown that LGBT job seekers are 5% less likely to be offered a job interview than heterosexual applicants with comparable skills and experience. In this article, our Employment team list our top ten tips for supporting LGBT employees, as well as explain the law protecting them and what positives can come from a more diverse workplace.

An employer's guide to holiday requests

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All workers are entitled to make holiday requests throughout the year and running a business means you need to be ready for such requests with the appropriate policies, pay structure and cover in place. Our Employment Law team explains here the key...

Do I have to pay my commission based employees the National Minimum Wage if their commission falls below it?

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In certain lines of work, it is common for employees to be paid on a commission basis as opposed to more traditional means. However, workers who you pay wholly or partly on the basis of sales made or deals completed must still be paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). In this article, our Employment team detail what payments do and do not count towards the NMW, when you have to pay the NMW and what to do if your commission only workers are required to be at work for a certain amount of hours.

Do I have to pay my apprentices the National Minimum Wage?

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Apprenticeships are one of the most common ways for employers to effectively train skilled workers for the future. When deciding whether to take on an apprentice there are many considerations you must make, one of which is what to pay them. Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and in this article our Employment team detail how much you have to pay your apprentices according to their age or how long they have been an Apprentice with you, how to hire an apprentice and how to make sure your Apprenticeship Agreements are compliant.

Employment Law Case Update: Detrimental Treatment due to Whistleblowing

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As an employer, at some point, you may well have to deal with a case of whistleblowing. If this happens it is very important to go through the proper processes to address the claim. Not doing so can leave you open to potentially expensive and damaging tribunal claims, as seen in the the case of Royal Mail v Jhuti, which illustrates the wide scope afforded to whistleblowing protection and shows the need to be sure and clear of the reason for any dismissal.

How should I support employees going through the menopause at work?

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In the UK alone, there are around nine million women aged between 40 and 60 who could be experiencing symptoms of menopause or perimenopause (menopause transition). Three and a half million of these women are employees over 50 with a wealth of experience and skills to offer, but how is the menopause and the associated symptoms dealt with in the workplace? While perimenopause and the menopause are not specifically protected by law, as an employer, you should make every effort to support your employees in this situation. In this article, our Employment team detail how you can support employees going through the menopause and what symptoms they may experience, what the law says about the menopause, and how to manage the general workforce when making adjustments

What is a payment in lieu of notice (PILON)? - Advice for employers

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In the situation that you wish to terminate an employee’s employment immediately and have them not work their notice period, this can be done using a payment in lieu of notice (PILON). This would pay them for their contractually agreed notice period. In this article, our Employment team explains why you might want use a PILON, what can happen if you don’t include the option to use it in all employee contracts, and the difference between a PILON and garden leave.

Five key Employment Law cases to watch in 2020

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In the constantly shifting landscape of Employment Law it can be difficult to keep up to date with the latest cases and updates, particularly at the start of a new year. Here, our Employment team detail the high profile cases of 2020, explaining how they could impact you and your business, and how you can stay up to date throughout the year.

How can employers manage cyberbullying in the workplace?

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When operating a business, at some point you may be faced with issues of bullying or harassment between colleagues. With the advent of social media, employers now have to be vigilant against the threat of cyberbullying as well. To deal with cyberbullying, you should make sure that you have comprehensive policies to prevent it, as well as clear and consistent consequences if it occurs. In this article, our Employment team explain how to manage cyberbullying in the workplace, as well as what constitutes cyberbullying and what risks are involved if you fail to deal with it correctly.

Can I reclaim money if I have overpaid an employee?

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It is not uncommon for a business to accidentally over pay an employee and it can happen for a variety of reasons. If it does occur, you may be wondering if you can reclaim any money mistakenly paid. Employees are protected by law from deductions from wages being made unlawfully, however, you are able to reclaim from employees in certain circumstances, like an overpayment of wages. Here, our Employment team go into further detail on when you can reclaim money from an employee, what to consider when doing so and how to do so staying on the right side of employment law.

Do I have to give non-Christian employees additional time off to celebrate religious festivals?

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Living and working in a multi-culture and multi-faith society leads to an array of religious holidays and festivals; however there is no requirement for you to give employees additional time off to celebrate them. In this article, our Employment team discusses how to deal with holiday requests around these festivals, what you can do if you can’t grant a request, as well as detailing a case that serves as an example of what can happen if requests are not handled correctly.

Are my employees entitled to a day's extra pay in a leap year?

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Although it only happens once every four years, the extra day that comes with a leap year can catch employers out when it comes to paying their employees. Whether or not you need to pay them for the extra day depends on if the employee is salaried or is paid hourly. In this article, our Employment team detail the difference between a salaried employee and one who is paid hourly in regards to a leap year, as well as how the changed date for the May bank holiday could affect holiday entitlement next year.

Can I amend my Employment Tribunal claim form once it's submitted?

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In order to bring a claim against your employer at an Employment Tribunal (ET), you must complete an ET1 claim form. It is vital that you complete this form correctly, as once your ET1 form has been sent, you cannot change anything on it unless you get permission from the ET. You may wish to amend your claim form due to an error in your initial submission, or because more information has come to light that wasn’t apparent before. Whether the ET will agree to amend the claim form depends on what the changes are and their significance to your case. In this article, our Employment team detail the facts that the ET will consider when deciding whether to allow amendments to a claim form and they examine the case that provides a guiding influence on the process.

Can I recover training costs if an employee leaves?

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Throughout an employee’s tenure at your business, you may well pay for them to attend various training sessions, but can you recover those costs if they leave? The answer to this depends completely on the employee’s contract or the terms of any training agreements they have signed. If there is no contractual right that allows you to reclaim payment, the money cannot be recovered. You may be able to offset the amount owed against the money the employee is due to receive during their notice period; however this comes with its disadvantages. In this article, our Employment team detail on what grounds you can reclaim training costs, the risks involved and what considerations you’d need to make in regards to National Minimum Wage.

What is the difference between agile working and flexible working?

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Both agile working and flexible working are becoming more common in modern workplaces; but to effectively implement either of these approaches, employers need to understand that while similar in many ways, they are different in what they aim to achieve. In this article, our Employment team detail what flexible working and agile working are, their objectives and the positive and negative impacts of both.