It's been a long, hard year in HR. The recession has taken its toll on employers. HR has responded with a creative flair that has minimised redundancies by organising pay cuts, pay freezes, part-time working and sabbaticals, to name a few.
Here we l More...18 December 2009 16:15
Court of Appeal ruling in workplace harassment claim More...15 December 2009 10:24
One route that employers have chosen to take in recent times is to change terms and conditions rather than make redundancies. Gagandeep Prasad and Jo Wort analyse what this means in practice.
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It is not unusual for an employee to work in the UK and reside in another country. This raises some tricky policy issues for employers of these international commuters. Lisa Gillis gives advice on how to deal with them.
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I manage a team of 15 employees at a council office. Last month, £8,000 went missing and I'm convinced one or more of the staff were responsible. I have not been able to identify the culprit(s) so want to discipline the entire team. How far can I take t More...03 December 2009 08:00
What can employers do if a staff lottery syndicate wins millions of pounds, resulting in an immediate mass departure with resulting disruption to businesses?
The recent win by IT staff working for Hewlett Packard shows that it can happen. The short More...03 December 2009 08:00
A shipping company failed in its bid to secure a ruling that an unfair dismissal claim from a former seaman fell outside UK jurisdiction. The Court of Appeal ruled recently, in the case of Diggins v Condor Marine Crewing Services , that the tribunal do More...03 December 2009 08:00
How did you get to where you are now?
I became frustrated with the public sector and its inflexibility, so I decided to return to the private sector. I had worked in financial and professional services in London but law was new to me. I recall telli More...03 December 2009 08:00
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that non-disabled employees who are treated less favourably or harassed because of their association with a disabled person can bring a claim under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). This More...03 December 2009 08:00
In Meerts v Proost , the ECJ said that a worker who was dismissed without notice during a period of part-time parental leave was entitled to receive compensation for their notice pay based on their full-time salary. Under UK law, employees who are dismi More...03 December 2009 08:00
The case of former Redcar and Cleveland equalities officer Pauline Scanlon, who was recently awarded £442,466 in compensation at tribunal, holds important lessons for senior HR personnel, said an employment lawyer.
Scanlon was dismissed in August 20 More...03 December 2009 08:00
The Walker Review was published in its final form on 26 November. Its recommendations follow a 10-month independent review by former Morgan Stanley chairman and Bank of England director Sir David Walker into corporate governance and remuneration i More...03 December 2009 08:00
Equal pay is an issue causing havoc in parts of the public sector, and no employer wants that. Georgina Fuller examines the equal pay pitfalls and how employers can best avoid them. More...03 December 2009 00:56
Uncertainty over whether TUPE applies to staff who switch employers when insolvent businesses are rescued persists despite a Court of Appeal decision in Oakland v Wellswood. The court held that section 218 of the ERA operated to give Oakland the necessary service to bring an unfair dismissal claim without any need to rely on TUPE. It said it could not give a binding ruling on whether or not administration necessarily excludes the application of TUPE, although it said it was a strongly arguable point. Where does this decision leave employment law? More...03 December 2009 00:48
Estonia off the gender hook The European Commission has halted proceedings against Estonia after it addressed gender discrimination issues. The EC had referred Estonia to the European Court of Justice for not bringing into national law provisions und More...03 December 2009 00:38
Taking the right steps at the right time is essential when fighting unfair dismissal claims. Kate Hodgkiss details the right moves to make.
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Details of the employment rights agency workers will get in 2011 were published recently. Mark Hammerton analyses what the legislation will mean for employers. More...03 December 2009 00:17
Competitors will try to poach successful teams and their business, but planning can prevent this. Kate Brearley reports.
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Two recent EAT decisions have shed some light on what exactly constitutes a philosophical belief.
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Consultation recently closed on the latest in a series of papers dealing with the personal accounts and automatic enrolment reforms - 'Workplace Pension Reform - Completing the Picture'. The document gives a fairly detailed picture of how the reforms ar More...13 November 2009 16:54