The possible consequences if you treat employees unfairly

When employers knowingly treat employees unfairly they are relying on inertia, employees’ fear of consequences and those employees wariness of legislative processes to keep them, the employer, safe. But when flying by the seat of your pants doesn’t work, and the employee or ex-employee fights back then the consequences can be devastating. It is very […]

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HR policies waste time

So asserted a Senior Police Officer at a recent event. He might have a point. His argument was that neither managers nor employees read or understand HR policies, and, if it comes to a Tribunal, barristers trip the organisation up by finding points where the managers have “not followed their own procedures”. I’ve heard similar […]

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Nobody wins in an Employment Tribunal

At the time of writing Philip Hammond is stressing that his experience of working with Europeans is that collaboration brings better results than confrontation. Boris Johnson seems to favour a “Trump-type” approach. The jury is out as to which will work best in Brexit – but what about in employee relations? As an HR professional, […]

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Employment Tribunal Visit – last spaces left!

Our next Employment Tribunal Visit will be held on Tuesday 5th December in Manchester, 9am – 4pm (approx). Led by Malcolm, the visit includes a pre-briefing, information pack, case progress reviews and lunch. Hailed as the “best day’s training in years” delegates gain understanding and confidence in managing their employees without conflict. With the recent […]

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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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Tribunal fees now unlawful – why it matters

The Supreme Court has now ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are now unlawful. It has a major implication for small employers and the economy as a whole. Fees were introduced to reduce the number of frivolous and vexatious claims, for which they were very successful. Now, how ever fair and reasonable a dismissal might be, […]

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“Have a go” employment tribunal claims quashed

Brinkmanship has long been a feature of the Employment Tribunal scheme. Hereto the only obstacle to an employee making a Tribunal claim has been their inclination to do so. Therefore even if the employer has had a fair reason for a dismissal and has followed a sound procedure the employer could still face a tribunal […]

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“Having a go” in Employment Tribunal is getting harder

The Government is about to introduce fees to applicants who want to bring an Employment Tribunal claim against their employer. There will be a range of fees covering different types of claims ranging from £160 (for an initial issue) to £950 (for a hearing). This will change the scene from where it is now (where […]

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Charities suffering due to costly employment tribunals

Writing in the Times and quoted on CivilSociety.co.uk (http://bit.ly/ichKQj), the HR Director of the Homeless Charity Broadway says Charities are “groaning under the burden of complying with employment law that encourages employees to misrepresent themselves as victims of bullying and discrimination whenever their poor performance or behaviour is tackled”. My additional view is that the […]

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