Download our free GDPR guide

We recently hosted a half-day seminar to prepare employers for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May. Delivered in partnership with Smarter Technologies Limited, the areas covered included:

 

Why you have to comply with the GDPR and what might happen if you don’t.
What can go wrong if you have poor data security and how to avoid it.
The GDPR’s direct effect on your business and what you should consider [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How to conduct a reasonable disciplinary investigation

A reasonable disciplinary investigation is a cornerstone of a fair disciplinary procedure. Without it, any related dismissal is likely to be deemed unfair by an Employment Tribunal.

Tribunals consider the principles derived from the case of British Home Stores Limited v Burchell [1978] IRLR 379, when considering the fairness of any dismissal.

To establish fairness in a conduct dismissal case, an employer must be able to demonstrate that at the time of dismissal:

 

It believed the [...]

By |February 9th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Are young people entering the world of work being hung out to dry?

Recently, we advised a client on a potential workplace bullying issue involving a handful of apprentices. Whilst we’re not ones to downplay how seriously such allegations should normally be taken, we were also keen to point out that those concerned were fresh out of full-time education and probably lacking in experience when it came to knowledge of what’s acceptable and what’s not in the workplace.

Although pranks played on a fellow student could have resulted [...]

By |January 17th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

EAT upholds finding of disability discrimination against non-disabled claimant

In a case that illustrates just how far discrimination legislation has come, the EAT has determined that a police officer was subjected to unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 on account of a disability she was perceived to have as opposed to a disability she actually did have.

 

The facts:

Lisa Coffey, a serving officer, brought a tribunal claim against Norfolk Constabulary after being refused a transfer on the basis that her hearing loss meant [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

“National Sickie Day” fast approaching

The winter period can be one of the most challenging periods for staff absenteeism, with employees adversely affected by a combination of winter bugs, flu, hangovers and the post-holiday blues.

According to statistics, this period peaks on “National Sickie Day”, the first Monday of February, which is apparently the worst day of the year for calling in sick.

With this date now on the horizon, it seems like a good time to consider some interesting sickness-related [...]

By |January 9th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Fit for Work scheme to be scrapped

The Fit for Work initiative was introduced in September 2015 as a scheme to help employees stay in or return to work by providing free, expert and impartial general health and work advice to employees, employers and GPs. The aim was to reduce absence and sick pay costs by enabling employees to return to work earlier and providing SMEs with access to Occupational Health services that would normally be too costly for them.

However, the [...]

By |December 12th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Suspension

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Comments Directed at Others

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Different Perceptions

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 27th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Types of Harasser

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 24th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|