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The larger an organisation the easier it is for employees on long term sick, to drop down the back of the virtual filing cabinet. Here, Beverley Sunderland, managing director, at Crossland Employment Solicitors looks at what employers should do when they remember about a 'forgotten' employee. It can be a...
What is a protected 'without prejudice' conversation and what rules apply when an employer wants to negotiate with an employee off the record? Sarah Calderwood, employment partner at Manchester law firm Slater Heelis LLP looks at the rules of pre-termination negotiations, including how employers can lower the risk of constructive...
Q: Does an employee have a right to legal representation at a disciplinary hearing? Zoe Lagadec, principal solicitor at Mulberry’s Employment Law Solicitors answers... No.  While the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act gives an employee the right to be accompanied to an internal disciplinary hearing by a trade union representative...
All employers are under a duty to protect the health and safety of all their employees, but there are special duties that apply to new and expectant mothers in the work place, writes Stuart Jones, head of employment, pensions and immigration at Weightmans LLP. So what do employers need...
Abigail Etchells, senior associate at Stevens & Bolton, looks at how employers can ensure that they are taking the right approach to the recruitment of ex-offenders. The first point to consider is whether you need to take an applicant’s criminal history into account at all. For some roles you have no...
Q: Recent research reveals that people with MS are suffering disturbing levels of workplace mistreatment. So what can and should employers do about it? A: Jennifer Walton, associate at Irwin Mitchell says... Employers have a legal duty to ensure that disabled employees are not discriminated against at work. This includes ensuring that...
Q: How can we manage a conflict between the ACAS Code and our own disciplinary procedure? A: Jayne Harrison, head of employment law at Cleggs Solicitors, says … The ACAS Code is intended to provide practical guidance to employers and employees on how to fairly carry out disciplinary procedures for misconduct or...
Catherine Ridd, associate at employment lawyer Morgan Denton Jones, offers employers some advice on the processes and pitfalls of dealing with staff taking maternity leave. DO: Keep in touch with employees whilst they’re on maternity leave. It’s a good idea for line managers to agree with employees what “reasonable contact” would be...
The issue in August of the Government’s Response and Consultation on simplifying the tax treatment of termination payments provides good reason for looking again at the taxable status of payments to employees for injury to feelings caused by unlawful discrimination. Historically there had long been an unspoken understanding that such...
Do we have to pay overtime in holiday pay? What happens if we carry on paying basic pay only? This question is one which has tested the Courts both in the UK and in Europe over the past few years. The referendum result is unlikely to affect this in the...