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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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Tribunal Tale – Government’s failure to adjust recruitment test was discriminatory

As those who read our recent update on banning religious clothing may recall, indirect discrimination occurs when a rule or policy is applied to all but it puts a group with a protected characteristic (such as disability) at a particular disadvantage. People with disabilities are also protected from unfavourable treatment […]

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HR Issues – TUPE

TUPE The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations preserve employees’ terms and conditions (except for certain occupational pensions) when a business or undertaking, or part of one, is transferred to a new employer or there is a change of service provider.  In effect, this signifies that employees automatically […]

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Legal Issues – Apprentices

A recent case in the Inverness Employment Tribunal (ET) has highlighted one of the main risks in recruiting apprentices in Scotland, namely that early termination of the apprenticeship can give rise to a breach of contract claim. In Kinnear v Marley Eternit Ltd, Mr Kinnear was employed as an apprentice […]

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Health & Safety – Company fined in caustic soda accident

On the 3rd January this year, Newcastle Crown Court heard a case where two employees had received serious burns whilst cleaning a pipe system. The employees worked for PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd, an engineering company who are now in liquidation, but were working at a Hyclone UK Ltd site in […]

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Tribunal Tale – School should have waited longer before dismissing employee for long-term absence

In O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, the Court of Appeal (CA) overturned a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and made a finding of both unfair dismissal and disability discrimination in relation to a teacher being dismissed after being absent for over a year. Ms O’Brien was assaulted […]

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Immigration – Update

Tier 2 Immigration Route On 24 March 2016 the government announced that it would be making wide-ranging changes to the Tier 2 immigration route, which is the part of the points-based system under which foreign (non-European) migrants must apply to come to undertake skilled work in the UK. This article […]

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Ask the Expert – Employees wishing to retract their resignation

Question: “A discussion that took place between one of our employees and his manager broke down when the manager raised some under performance issues. The situation became heated and ended with the employee shouting ‘stick your job’. The employee, who has been with us for five years, came back to […]

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30th March 2017