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The Employment Law Horizon

June 14th, 2017|

Theresa May has now met with the DUP and talks are underway to form a government. The Queen’s speech is set to take place “soon”. So what does the next five years look like from [...]

Corporate Manslaughter

June 7th, 2017|

Background The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (“the Act”) has been in force for some time, but there have been some interesting recent decisions. The Act replaced previous legislation by giving a clearer distinction [...]

Long Term Sick Absence Dismissals: A Cautionary Tale

May 22nd, 2017|

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal is a useful reminder of the issues that employers must address when deciding whether to dismiss an employee for long term sick absence. Employment Tribunals have often [...]

Banker Fined by FCA Over WhatsApp Breach of Confidence

May 15th, 2017|

Breach of confidentiality may be a serious misconduct, justifying the dismissal of an employee. Additionally, in regulated sectors such as banking and insurance the misuse of confidential client information by regulated persons could give rise [...]

Employment Status

April 26th, 2017|

In October 2016, the Employment Tribunal made a decision on the case relating to the Uber taxi drivers. The taxi drivers claimed that they were ‘workers’ under employment legislation. If true, this meant that they [...]

Redundancy and Mobility Clauses

April 19th, 2017|

When closing a place of work, employers occasionally try to rely on clauses in the employment contract giving them the right to require an employee to move to a new place of work. If successful, [...]

Dismissals and Expired Warnings

April 12th, 2017|

On several occasions the Courts have had to consider the extent to which an employer is entitled to take account of an expired warning when deciding whether to dismiss an employee. In a Scottish case [...]

Rest Breaks

April 4th, 2017|

Case law relating to the right of workers to take rest breaks during the working day is conflicting. The Working Time Regulations entitle a worker to an uninterrupted rest break of at least 20 minutes [...]

Disciplinary Investigations

March 20th, 2017|

If an employer wishes to dismiss an employee on the grounds of misconduct, then the employer must show that the grounds for dismissal have been investigated thoroughly and that it has reasonable grounds for concluding [...]

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