Careless talk in Preston costs an employer £360,000

In a judgment that could sink many a small organisation the Court of Appeal has upheld a compensatory award of £360,000 to an employee as a result of a single careless remark from her line manager. The misguided remark was for the employee’s line manager to suggest that “women take things more emotionally than men, […]

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Do employees with a disability have to declare it?

We frequently hear employers mildly aggrieved when it emerges that an employee has a disability that they never declared on applying for a job. In 2015, it was reported that 42% of disabled people seeking work found the biggest barrier to getting hired were misconceptions around what they could do. (Source ACAS) The reality is […]

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Politics in the workplace

Hereto dismissing an employee because you disliked their politics was straightforward provided you acted quickly (i.e. before acquisition of unfair dismissal rights). From 25th June that will no longer be the case and dismissing an employee for their politics will be protected, along with other discrimination protection, a day one right. There may be room […]

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Are your employees legal?

If you are offering employment then, to ensure compliance with the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, you are required to check one of two types of document to meet legal requirements. To avoid claims of discrimination you should check ALL new employees on appointment. If you have not been doing so, then it would be […]

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Christians must not discriminate in the course of their work.

The latest ruling from the European Court of Human Rights makes a crucial and interesting distinction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21025332 Employees have the right to wear religious symbols at work and hence the BA Employee did have the right to wear her Christian Cross visibly. What employees (Christian or otherwise) do not have the right to do is […]

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For goodness sake, when will they retire?

If you have ever uttered those words in frustration, now is the time to stop! A fundamental shift in employee rights took place on 1st October. Previously an employer could require an employee to retire on a pre-determined date on or after their 65th birthday. Today the employee tells the employer when they will retire. […]

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For goodness sake, when will they retire?

If you have ever uttered those words in frustration, now is the time to stop! A fundamental shift in employee rights took place on 1st October. Previously an employer could require an employee to retire on a pre-determined date on or after their 65th birthday. Today the employee tells the employer when they will retire. […]

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