Do you really understand the meaning of harassment?

There has been so much in the press about sexual harassment recently, so let’s just think about what it really means in the workplace. The definition below often surprises people who attend the Dignity at Work courses that we run, because in everyday language the word harassment is often used in the same way as [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00November 7th, 2017|

Calculating Holiday Pay – yet more new case law to take into account

In this important new appeal case involving Dudley Metropolitan Council and the workers who carried out housing repairs for the council, the question of whether voluntary overtime, out of hours standby pay, call-out pay and travel allowance should be counted when calculating holiday pay was considered. The judgement means that all organisations will need to [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00August 3rd, 2017|

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Even though the entitlement to Shared Parental Leave has been in place for over 2 years, take up has been relatively low and we still receive queries from clients about how to deal with requests.  We have put together a short guide that sets out what Shared Parental Leave is, who is eligible for it [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00July 31st, 2017|

Tribunal Fees are ruled unlawful – what next?

It was the Coalition Government which, in 2013, introduced fees to take a case to tribunal.  As a result, the number of tribunal cases dropped dramatically – up to 70% in some regions. The union Unison argued that this made it “virtually impossible or excessively difficult” for some individuals to exercise their employment rights and [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00July 28th, 2017|

Why is everyone talking about the Taylor Report?

This is a review of modern employment practices and Theresa May has promised to look at its recommendations carefully and seriously. Many people are producing summaries of the reports and one of the easiest to read can be found in Personnel Today here. If some or all of these recommendations are adopted it could mean [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00July 19th, 2017|

Whistle-blowing tribunal cases are complex and time-consuming

Employees who ‘blow the whistle’ are protected from being dismissed or victimised as a result.  The formal name is ‘Public Interest Disclosure’ because something only counts as whistleblowing if the information is in the public interest. The recent case of Chesterton Global Ltd and another v Nurmohamed went to the court of appeal over whether [...]

By |2017-07-19T07:43:45+00:00July 19th, 2017|

Dismissal for 20 months’ unauthorised absence was unfair

Whilst this headline might seem startling, when you read the facts of the case (Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust v Akinwunmi and others) it is a reminder that tribunals really do look at the full facts of a case before making their decision. A tribunal often has to consider whether the decision to [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:02:00+00:00July 10th, 2017|
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