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Employment Matters – November 2011

Hello again from Clarke Willmott LLP’s Employment and HR Consultancy team and welcome to another edition of Employment Matters.

Well, what a month it has been for employment law in the press! With news that a leaked government report is suggesting unproductive workers should lose their right to claim unfair dismissal, this month we look at how the media impacts our understanding of employment law developments.

As well as that, we’re reviewing redundancy blunders , discussing flexible working and sharing with you our top 5 tips for keeping workforces motivated (especially as the dark nights draw in).

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As ever, we welcome your feedback and if you would like to see a particular area or topic featured in future issues, please let us know.

This month’s edition includes:

Media Hype

At the end of October, the papers were awash with the news of a leaked government report which says unproductive workers should lose their right to claim unfair dismissal completely.

Such news promoted public uproar and debate, which got us thinking about how the media impacts our understanding of employment law developments…

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Hard times mean hard decisions…

Employment law is recognised for its complicated procedures and pitfalls. However, one area which we see more mistakes made by employers than in any other area is that of redundancy…

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Flexibility…..friend or foe?

As you will no doubt be aware, if an employee makes a request to work part time or change their hours of work, there is a statutory obligation on employers to reasonably consider such requests for flexible working.

So if an employee comes to you with a request to work flexibly, what do you need to do?

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Dark nights don’t necessarily mean dark days…

Now that the clocks have gone back, many of us are finding ourselves traveling to and from work in the dark. But dark nights don’t necessarily mean dark days, as we share with you our top 5 tips for keeping your employees motivated at work…

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Spotlight on the team

Find out about the real Tim Copplestone, Employment solicitor at the Bristol office.

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And finally…

We share with you a few of the UK’s strangest laws…

  1. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour
  2. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day
  3. No cows may be driven down the roadway between 10am and 7pm unless with prior approval from the Commissioner of Police

Thought for the month
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations”
– Steve Jobs (Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Apple Inc)