Category Archive: Employment

Are you Futureproof?

By now I am sure your families and you have developed a new if slightly surreal daily routine of working from home and homeschooling (also known as riot police training) the kids.  Some parts of Europe have eased their lockdown restrictions and though in the UK the government have announced another 3 weeks of lockdown…

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Coming to the Rescue of Companies with flexible insolvency rules

The stark reality is that despite all the steps the Government are taking, unfortunately a number of companies will find themselves under severe difficulty and pressure over the forthcoming months.  The Government has acknowledged this and put several emergency measures in place. The measures that have been announced will allow firms to continue trading, in…

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Furlough Leave

Furlough Leave, a phrase which you have possibly never heard of but has an increased significance to both employers and employees.  So, what do we know about it so far? Apart from the announcement by the Chancellor, at the minute very little is known about how the new “Coronavirus Retention Scheme” or “Furlough Leave”, as…

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Police Officer discrimination victim wins damages

The Court of Appeal made clear in upholding a substantial damages award whose hearing was mildly impaired that those with  medical conditions or incapacities are not so serious as to amount to disabilities can win compensation if they suffer discrimination in the workplace. The Court of Appeal made that clear in upholding a substantial damages…

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A Well-Meaning Marketing Campaign ruled as ‘Discriminatory’

There is a risk that well-meaning or light-hearted marketing or advertising campaigns inadvertently stray into the realms of discrimination. A brewery fell into that trap when it marketed a cut-price beer only to those who identified as women in a satirical attempt to highlight the gender pay gap. What Happened? A customer issued proceedings against…

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Does sexual stereotyping in the workplace exist?

Businesses in which women are under-represented in senior roles invite speculation that the imbalance results from discriminatory sexual stereotyping. A case in the context of the banking sector highlights, Employment Tribunals (ETs) are required to base their decisions not on perception but hard evidence. Outline of the case The case concerned a female vice-president who…

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Oral offers are easy to make – but make sure it’s on paper!

Those intent on changing jobs can easily have their heads turned by glittering offers of remuneration and benefits made over lunch and a handshake. As one case strikingly highlights, it is written terms of engagement that matter.  Taking expert advice is the best way to avoid bitter disappointment. What happened? The case concerned two very…

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Settling Your Differences

With the current economic uncertainty, the number of Settlement Agreements (previously Compromise Agreements) being offered to employees has greatly increased.  They are typically used in redundancy situations. It is a document that many of us have heard of but what is it and what does it do? In essence, it is a legally binding contract,…

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Employment Tribunals Don’t Punish, They Compensate

Some employers treat their staff disgracefully but, no matter how bad their conduct may be, the objective of the tribunal system is not to punish them but to compensate those who suffer at their hands. A case on point concerned an immigrant worker who was plunged into depression after suffering extortion at his boss’s hands….

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Employment Law: What you need to know

Our Chartered Legal Executive, Lucy Watson, provides answers to some popular questions about Employment and what to do if you are facing problems in the workplace. What is Employment Law? Employment law is a set of laws that deal with the rights of employees and the responsibilities of an Employer. Employment law covers a wide…

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