When mini breaks just don’t cut it

The mini break may have made the perfect date for Bridget Jones, but when it comes to employee rights, companies need to make sure they do everything to enable workers to take a full, uninterrupted 20-minute rest break. The warning comes after Network Rail was found to have failed to take the necessary steps to … Read more

Clamp down for employers who call a spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming workers’ rights. The GMB Union brought the action on behalf of a group of Uber drivers, who are described as self-employed ‘partners’ by Uber.  The action argues that … Read more

Tribunal Decision Shakes Up Personal Use Of Office Email

Employees who use their company account for personal email exchanges get a wake-up call after an employment tribunal ruling that the privacy of such messages is not protected.   An employee has failed in an attempt to have the content of personal messages he sent from his work email account excluded from a disciplinary investigation. … Read more

Back off on Bullying or Else…

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]With research showing that bullying at work is soaring, employment experts are encouraging companies to tackle workplace bullying, as part of National Ban Bullying Week 2009 (16th to 20th November). According to public sector union Unison, reports of bullying have doubled in the past decade and their survey of 7,000 workers found that more … Read more

New powers enforce the payment of Tribunal awards

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Employers should be aware of new measures from the Ministry of Justice designed to ensure that people who have been granted awards by an Employment Tribunal receive the money they are owed for transgressions by their employers, such as those relating to unfair dismissal, workplace discrimination and equal pay. The Ministry’s research showed that … Read more

Businesses must understand major employment law changes

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Sweeping changes to employment law, introduced on 6th April, have changed the way workplace grievance and disciplinary disputes are handled and it is vital that employers understand the implications of the new Code of Practice or face the potential of more costly Tribunal awards. The changes mean the previous three-step statutory grievance and disciplinary … Read more

The ‘immense’ risks of breaking anti-descrimination law

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Countless businesses are risking unlimited financial penalties by breaking anti-discrimination laws. Even to question a female employee or job applicant about whether she has or plans to have children is illegal under sex discrimination legislation – and there is no upper limit to the amount of compensation she may be awarded if she successfully … Read more

The dangers of office ‘banter’

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The legal dangers of making what might be regarded as ‘sexist’ remarks in the workplace are greater than ever before, following changes to the law that came into force 6 April 2008 Changes to the Sex Discrimination Act now mean, for example, that men who are offended by a sexist joke or banter at … Read more

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