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Religious discrimination and harassment

In the wake of the recent and horrific terror attacks in the UK and the reported increase in hate crimes, we reflect upon what protections our UK employment law, in particular discrimination laws, offer Muslim employees at work and what employers should be doing to strike a fair balance between...

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How to prepare for General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

Although Britain will be leaving the EU, Baroness Neville-Rolfe (the Minister for Data Protection) has stated that if Britain wants to continue sharing data with Europe and handling EU citizen’s data, we will need to have adequate levels of protection in place. Therefore, businesses should consider how to react to...

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Long term sick leave – impact on the business

O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy confirms that it is important for an employer to in part consider the impact on the business (where an employee is on long term sick leave) if they are considering whether they should dismiss on the grounds of ill-health. Furthermore, if during an appeal,...

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Employment and worker status – the hot topic

Another leading decision has just been made by the Court of Appeal (“CA”) relating to employment status (in other words, whether an individual is an employee, a worker, or self-employed). The question of employment status has been the central issue to many employment cases over the past 12 months and...

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Out with the old, in with the new

2016 provided a few significant changes to employment law. This article views some of the more prominent features that has shaped employment law throughout the year with ongoing issues that are likely to crop up in 2017. 1. New Year, New Business Plan: Are people in it? So we are...

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Are people in your plan?

I bet you’ve got a business plan? Or something on paper which maps out where you want the business to go over the next three to five years? You may even have an exit strategy that you’ve deliberated long and hard over and identified a trigger within it, which will...

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Is the gig over?

The gig economy is booming. If you haven’t heard about it or assume we’re talking festivals and live music, you may well have been hibernating for the last 18 months. With the rise of businesses like Uber, Deliveroo and Air B ‘n B, an entire industry has developed before our...

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Top 5 tips for managing summer madness

Managing your employees in the summer months Olympic fever has hit, a two week heatwave is predicted, summer holiday madness has started! In the workplace, some employers may notice a direct correlation between summer madness and attendance levels. As temperatures and success in the Olympics soar, so too do absence...

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Flip Flops in the office? But draw the line at mankinis!

Temperatures are soaring and employees are no doubt complaining about excessive temperatures in the workplace.  Whilst the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations don’t specify a maximum workplace temperature there are some sensible measures employers can take to improve working conditions during a heatwave. Simple measures like ensuring staff have...

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Your people & Brexit

At the time of writing, it’s two weeks post referendum. The contest for the Conservative leadership is underway and the wheels have fallen off the Labour Party. Instead of the team procrastinating for too long over who we’d prefer to be Leader of our Government, instead we turned our thoughts...

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