Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson

About Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson is a principal employment law editor at XpertHR. His areas of responsibility include the policies and documents and law reports. After obtaining a law degree and training to be a solicitor, he moved into publishing, initially with Butterworths. He joined XpertHR in its early days in 2001.
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Social media misconduct: dismissal harsh but fair

17 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee over derogatory comments she made on Facebook about...

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Criminal record checks: filtering system ruled unlawful

5 May 2017

The incoming Government must rethink criminal record disclosure rules after defeat in the Court of Appeal over the process for...

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face....

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Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance...

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

24 Apr 2017

Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

19 Apr 2017

Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example...

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Writing a gender pay gap report: a guide for employers

5 Apr 2017

The first “snapshot date” for gender pay gap reporting is 5 April 2017, with larger employers having to publish their...

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£25,000 for early termination of apprenticeship contract

4 Apr 2017

An employment tribunal has awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship was ended early. Stephen Simpson...

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ECJ considers holiday carry-over beyond sick leave

30 Mar 2017

A worker’s annual leave can be carried over into the following holiday year if sickness absence prevents holiday from being...

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Employment status: Excel cycle courier was worker

24 Mar 2017

An employment tribunal has held that a cycle courier whose contracts with Excel labelled him as a contractor was in...

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BBC reporter’s employment case struck out

8 Mar 2017

An employment tribunal has struck out a BBC reporter’s claim after finding that she discussed her case with a newspaper...

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Writing a modern slavery statement: a guide for employers

21 Feb 2017

Large employers with a financial year running from 1 April to 31 March should already be thinking about their modern...

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Religious festivals: five-week holiday rejection not discriminatory

14 Feb 2017

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a tribunal’s rejection of a claim that a Roman Catholic was not discriminated against...

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Court of Appeal: “self-employed” plumber has worker rights

10 Feb 2017

A plumber who signed an agreement with his company suggesting that he was self-employed was in fact entitled to some...

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Valentine’s Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

10 Feb 2017

Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...

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