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Love in the workplace!

Love in the workplace! ›

16th September 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

I read a report in the national media about a claim for unfair dismissal being made against London Zoo arising from a breakdown in relations in a love triangle at work. This resulted in violence at a party between two female zoo keepers over their love interest in a male colleague. Caroline Westlake alleges unfair…

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Mental Health and the Equality Act 2010

Mental Health and the Equality Act 2010 ›

9th September 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

I recently read the blog from David Beckingham, QCS Contributor about disclosures by the police regarding compulsory detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983. See blog David’s blog post here. The article touched upon the implications for a former patient detained under the Mental Health Act relating to future employment, particularly if the police disclose…

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Be careful of making a dismissal in heat of the moment!

Be careful of making a dismissal in heat of the moment! ›

2nd September 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

A recent case, Townsend v Commercial Storage Limited, where an employee was held to have been unfairly dismissed during an argument, acts as a timely reminder to avoid being drawn in to arguments and to take care with what you say. Here the employee, a driver for a small family business, got into an argument…

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Right to be accompanied to a grievance or disciplinary hearing

Right to be accompanied to a grievance or disciplinary hearing ›

26th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA 1999) gives workers the right to be accompanied by a trade union representative or colleague where they: Are invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing; and Reasonably request to be accompanied at the hearing. Making a reasonable request In the case of Toal v GB…

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Is bullying common in your place of work?

Is bullying common in your place of work? ›

25th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

Bullying is normally an action that you associate with children and schools.  Interestingly, a report from law firm Slater and Gordon has shown that almost 6 people in 10 have witnessed or suffered bullying at work. Astonishingly, more than a third of respondents admitted that they had been bullied themselves.  The survey of 2,000 British…

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Which sanction should I impose following a disciplinary meeting?

Which sanction should I impose following a disciplinary meeting? ›

20th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

To discipline an employee is often a choice that employers struggle to make – what level of sanction is given can drive managers to despair. The sanction that is given should be fair and reasonable for the level of misconduct that has occurred. When there has been some form of misconduct in the workplace and…

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Do your staff feel comfortable enough to “blow the whistle”?

Do your staff feel comfortable enough to “blow the whistle”? ›

19th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

The allegations surrounding the Kids Company charity, which closed recently, acts as a timely reminder about the importance of having robust whistle-blowing procedures in place and acting on complaints when received. Allegations have been made by former staff of Kids Company (which are denied!) about financial mismanagement and that the charity failed in its handling…

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My employee is under-performing – what should I do?

My employee is under-performing – what should I do? ›

14th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

It’s expected from managers that their employees will attend the workplace and provide a good quality of work and fortunately, this often occurs.  It’s when an employee fails to meet the standards required that employers may have to intervene. So, how should this be dealt with? Different managers have different approaches to under-performing staff but…

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Preventing discrimination in the workplace

Preventing discrimination in the workplace ›

11th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

Women are now more likely to face discrimination on their return from maternity leave when compared to a decade ago, according to a recent study undertaken by the Government and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. One in nine women had been dismissed, made redundant or treated poorly due to their pregnancy, meaning an…

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Illegal working in the UK: Have you got an excuse?

Illegal working in the UK: Have you got an excuse? ›

6th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

We’ve seen recent events on the news of the migrant crisis in Calais, with desperate attempts are being made by migrants who are trying to reach the UK. Should the migrants be successful in their attempts to cross the border, their next challenge could be to find work.  So how do you check your employees’…

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