LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

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Court Gavel

Normally when we are considering the law in these articles we are looking at regulations, acts of parliament and prosecutions in the criminal courts. This article considers claims for compensation under civil law. It is a long established principal that where harm is caused by the actions of someone while at work, that person’s employer can be held liable to … Read More

CARING FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF HOMEWORKERS

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Stressed At Home

Recent weeks have seen a sudden surge in the number of people working from home. For many people this will be the first time they have worked from home on a continuous basis. The sudden move to homeworking may mean that it has not been possible to consult with those involved and plan for what can be quite a significant … Read More

TACKLING EMAIL STRESS: A PILOT PROJECT

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Stress

Pressure is a natural part of life and can come from many sources, the right pressure can help motivate people to achieve and perform at their best however too much pressure or the wrong type of pressure can cause an adverse reaction. This is generally what is referred to as stress. Signs of stress in a workplace can include increased … Read More

IS YOUR EMPLOYEE’S HEALTH YOUR BUSINESS?

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Health

It is estimated that around 12.7 million working-age people in the UK have a long-term health condition including around 7.6 million disabled people. In a typical year, around 1.4 million working-age people have at least one sickness absence lasting four weeks or longer, while most people successfully return to work after a period of long-term sickness absence, disabled people are … Read More

Liability For Undisclosed Disabilities?

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If an employee fails to disclose their disability to you, can they later claim that they’ve been directly discriminated against? Mr Mutombo-Mpania (M) applied for a job with Angard (A), a firm which provides casual workers to Royal Mail Group (RMG). M stated that he was not disabled on his application form and didn’t disclose any disability on his health … Read More

Fake Reference Costs Employee £4,725

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An employee has been ordered to pay his employer £4,725 after he provided a fictitious reference, using the name of a Star Wars Character. Damages from employee It is not often that we see tribunal ruling where the employee is ordered to pay their employer damages. However, this is exactly what happened in Francis-McGann v West Atlantic UK ltd 2018. … Read More

EU Employee Status Post Brexit

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For months there has been uncertainty over the employment status of EU citizens in the UK in the immediate aftermath of Brexit. The Government has now given some guidance on this issue. At the beginning of November 2018, after months of speculation, the Government confirmed its future plans in relations to the employment status of EU nationals following Brexit. This … Read More

Disciplinary Procedure and Witness Statements

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An employee has been accused of serious misconduct. You’ve taken witness statements from several colleagues who say that they “didn’t see anything” should you disclose them to the accused? When an employee is accused of wrongdoing, your starting point is to conduct a full and reasonable investigation, including obtaining written statements from all possible witnesses to the employees’ action. They … Read More

New duty to publish family friendly policies

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In October 2018 it was reported that the government is considering forcing employers to publish their parental leave and pay policies. How likely is this to happen and will you be affected? Transparent policy The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that it’s considering whether there should be a legal duty imposed on employers to openly … Read More

What the current National Living Wage is, what it means, and how it is going to change

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What is it? First thing’s first, let’s clear up the confusion regarding the difference between the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and the ‘real living wage’. The terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a small difference. The National minimum wage is the smallest amount employers legally have to pay to employees over compulsory school age but under … Read More