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Ask the Expert – The Taylor Review

Matthew Taylor and his team have finally published their review of working practices in the UK. As well as commenting on many aspects of employment (and self-employment) law and practice, the review makes recommendations as to how those aspects could be, in his team’s opinion, improved. This update summarises the […]

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Legal Issues – Redundancy and discrimination

Making employees redundant is a difficult process for the employees concerned, and can be a challenging one for employers. In many cases the main risk to the employer will be a claim, or several claims, of unfair dismissal. However, employers must also keep in mind the potential for discrimination issues […]

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Ask the Expert – Social media and disciplinary action

Question: “One of our employees has made derogatory comments about the organisation on social media. Are we able to take disciplinary action in response to this and, if so, what sort of sanction is appropriate?” Answer: Disciplinary action will most likely be an option here. Indeed, disciplinary warnings and dismissals […]

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Legal Issues – Failing to enhance shared parental pay to match maternity pay was discriminatory

The Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regime was introduced in April 2015 and replaced the previous additional paternity leave regime. SPL allows a mother and her partner to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay, depending on how much maternity leave and pay the […]

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Health & Safety – Company fined following fall through roof

McKeown Groundworks Limited, based in Stranraer, plead guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2015 following an accident on one of their jobs. The case was heard by Sheriff Kenneth Robb in Stranraer Sheriff Court who handed the company a £12,000 fine. The accident happened on […]

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Tribunal Tale – Whistleblowing

Employer’s belief that whistleblower’s disclosure was not protected was irrelevant Employment law has given protection to ‘whistleblowers’ since 1999. Essentially, a worker or employee reporting the wrongdoing of the organisation that they work for is protected from being treated badly or dismissed as a result. For the protection to take […]

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Navigator News

Frances We learnt late last week that Frances, our dear colleague and friend, passed away on Wednesday last. Fran had been battling a brain tumour over the last few months and had been on a course of chemotherapy. At the time and to date, we felt that it was not […]

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HR Issues – Bereavement at work

Last week, we lost a team member and friend to cancer.  It was a sudden and painful loss for all who knew her and perhaps understandably, it has made writing an HR post about any other topic this week to be impossible. Unfortunately, dealing with the serious illness or the […]

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Legal Issues – Holiday pay rears its head again

Since the issue of holiday pay came to the fore what seems many moons ago, there have been a number of decisions that have left us with the relatively solid premise that holiday pay should include an element of any regularly worked overtime and commission. However, there are some issues […]

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Ask the Expert – Appointing to a role without advertising

Question: “We have created a new post in our structure and the CEO knows someone that she would like to appoint into the role. Is there an obligation on us to advertise the role, either internally or at all? We would like to save time and money by skipping the […]

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17th May 2017