Employment Law Updates
Coronavirus Outbreak Update 17/03/2020
Following our previous update, things are becoming a little clearer and the government is issuing guidance on things such as Statutory Sick Pay. In answer to a question we have been asked repeatedly over the last 24 hours, an employer CANNOT close and just pay all staff SSP. Closing the...
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 04/03/2020
Following our previous update, things are becoming a little clearer and the government is issuing guidance on things such as Statutory Sick Pay. There continues to be a dilemma for some employers as to whether self isolation would entitle an employee to sick pay (whether contractual sick pay or SSP)....
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CORONAVIRUS 26TH February 2020
ADVICE FOR EMPLOYERS We are now receiving numerous questions about employer’s liability and obligations relating to issues arising as a result of the spread of Coronavirus. First of all, we should put this in perspective. The concern around Coronavirus is based on its ability to be passed on from person...
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UNFAIR DISMISSAL AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
There has long been a misconception among HR professionals that a fair dismissal requires a separate investigation meeting and disciplinary hearing. This is simply not the case on every occasion and a ruling last week in the Appeal Tribunal has underlined this. As with every dismissal, each case will depend...
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Discrimination and equality law: ethical veganism gets the same protection as religions.
The Employment Tribunal has ruled that “ethical veganism” is a philosophical belief, and therefore a protected characteristic for discrimination purposes.   Whereas vegans do not eat any food derived from animals, ethical vegans do not use anything from animals, for example they do not wear leather products or use beauty...
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SELF EMPLOYED, OR A WORKER?
THE LATEST CASE UNDERLINES THAT THOSE WE THINK OF AS SELF EMPLOYED, ARE OFTEN NOT SELF EMPLOYED AT ALL. The vexed matter of whether someone is really self employed has been the subject of an Appeal judgment again, and underlines that many of those used in business as self employed...
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Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) and Workers
An important development is taking place in the application of TUPE. When a contract transfers, TUPE means that employees assigned to that contract will transfer as well. So the successful bidder in a tender, or purchaser of a business, gets the employees associated with it, and the liabilities that come...
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Hiding behind the right to a private life
In a case looking at the balance between the Right to a Private Life, and the right of an employer to use hidden cameras to catch an employee stealing, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that it did not breach the individual’s right to a private life if...
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Dismissal Advice
A case handed down this week has been a useful reminder as to the value of getting proper legal advice about dismissals.  Not because the advice will be of a high quality (although it should) but because if the advice is overheard or discovered on a desk, it cannot be...
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Employment Law Updates
ACAS Guidance on the Menopause
At the date of writing it is World Menopause Day and ACAS have used the occasion to publish guidance for employers on dealing with staff affected by the menopause. It is an interesting read for any HR professional. The guidance suggests that employers should be aware of the link between...
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