Employers should make sure that they are well placed to deal with discrimination in the workplace. Employment law solicitor Victoria Othen examines the key factors to take into consideration. You do not need to be employed to bring a discrimination cas More...07 April 2011 15:11
A "landmark" ruling by the Supreme Court could lead to a flood of compensation claims from workers who have been exposed to low levels of asbestos dust, argue lawyers.
The ruling involved the families of Dianne Willmore and Enid Costello, both of wh More...30 March 2011 10:25
This year brings a number of cases which could have a significant bearing on the employment law landscape. Here is a brief roundup of cases to watch out for in 2011.
When are employees entitled to legal representation in disciplinary proceedings? More...14 March 2011 10:02
Positive action will enable employers to provide preferential treatment during the hiring process, but is this a good thing? Jackie Cuneen reports. On 6 April 2011, the controversial positive action in recruitment under s.159 of the Equality Act 2010 More...08 March 2011 12:19
The abolition of the default retirement age will have several knock-on effects for employers. John Charlton points out what is most at risk. With the ramifications of the default retirement age (DRA) approaching at a speed of knots, employers face man More...08 March 2011 12:19
HR Consultancy Jaluch is offering Reading professionals the chance to attend a free breakfast seminar on employee relations on 18th March. As the economic climate continues to bite, and legislative changes happen faster than businesses can keep up with More...02 March 2011 00:00
Manufacturers are urging the Government to redouble its efforts to build an alliance with other European Union member states to reduce the burden of health and safety legislation and remove unnecessary red tape.
The call was made by the manufacture More...01 February 2011 09:13
The right to request flexible working has been extended to parents of children aged under 18 and will come into force on 6 April 2011. Currently the right applies to parents of children aged under 17, as well as parents of disabled children aged unde More...21 December 2010 15:10
The number of age discrimination cases has soared by 80 per cent in just two years as employers still struggle with changes in legislation.
The Tribunals Service has seen the number of cases soar to 5,200 during 2009-10, up from More...06 December 2010 13:00
Snow, ice and extreme temperatures continue to plunge the UK into chaos, meaning that HR and employers have more people-related challenges than usual regarding: absence and attendance, pay, leave, health and safety and the rights of their staff. More...01 December 2010 15:54
Consultant editor Darren Newman explains why the drafting of the provision in the Equality Act 2010 on compromise agreements could effectively mean that no compromise agreement under the Act is enforceable.
It is becoming increasingly clear that a s More...29 October 2010 00:00
Employers often believe that it is unlawful to make a woman redundant during maternity leave.
The recent case of Simpson v Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd emphasises that, not only is this a misconception, but the right of a woman on maternity l More...05 October 2010 10:01
Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and employers need to make sure they comply with the changes to legislation. Warning: This page is no longer updated. It has been More...22 September 2010 15:19
The Government yesterday confirmed that the main provisions of the Equality Act 2010 will come into force on 1 October 2010, and has made transitional provisions concerning discriminatory acts occurring before 1 October. On 1 October, the elements o More...22 September 2010 13:20
For a limited time only, Personnel Today Plus members can access a full model policy on equal opportunities which takes the Equality Act 2010 into account
With elements of the Equality Act coming into force at More...22 September 2010 12:59
One of my employees has asked to be accompanied by her lawyer at a disciplinary hearing. It's a serious matter and I may need to report her to a regulatory body if the allegations against her are proven. Do I need to agree to her request?
In these c More...09 September 2010 10:52
One of my employees was allegedly seen committing a criminal act outside work by a colleague, and the police are involved. Can I take disciplinary action and, if so, must I wait until the police investigation is finished?
The fact that an employee h More...13 August 2010 09:09
The coalition Government has called on the public to suggest which regulations "should be removed or changed" to make running a business or organisation simpler. As employment law was seen by some as a growth area of regulation under the previous Go More...09 August 2010 11:00
Following some redundancies my business is functioning well. However, the process raised some problems with the terms in my employees' contracts of employment, which I'd like to rectify. Can I alter them without notifying staff first?
If you change More...06 August 2010 09:49
A new "one-in, one-out" system of regulation is to be introduced by the Government from 1 September. The new rule has been designed to apply initially to domestic legislation - including employment law - affecting businesses and the third sector. Whe More...05 August 2010 13:46