Pregnant workers: play it safe

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It seems that a large number of employers still have discriminatory attitudes towards employing pregnant employees and new mothers. A survey by the Equality and Human Rights commission of more than 1,100 private sector employers, have found that over a third thought it reasonable to ask female candidates during the recruitment process about their future plans to have children and … Read More

How to dismiss short-serving employees

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Employees with less than two years’ service cannot generally claim unfair dismissal, so it is relatively straightforward to dismiss. What consideration do you need to have in mind for dismissing a short- serving employee and how should you go about it. Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, you don’t need to prove one of the five potential fair reasons for … Read More

Unfairly dismissed: the right to appeal

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Asda has lost a case for unfair dismissal because it made one fatal procedural error. Where did it go wrong and what steps must you never overlook when disciplinary action is taken against an employee? Like most larger employers, Asda almost certainly had the in-house HR expertise. With all this knowledge at its fingertips, you wouldn’t expect Asda to make … Read More

Dependents’ leave during school holiday

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During the school holidays, many working parents struggle with childcare arrangements, especially during the summer months. At what point does an issue relating to child care entitle an employee to exercise their rights to take Dependents’ Leave? Remember, dependents’ leave is available to everyone regardless of their length of service, however, an employee has no right to be paid whilst … Read More

Can you record a disciplinary hearing?

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To ensure that you have a verbatim record of a disciplinary hearing you could record the meeting on an electronic device instead of taking handwritten notes. But, beware you can’t automatically record a disciplinary (or any other) hearing on an electronic device. You must seek the employees express and prior consent to the recording before the meeting begins. If they … Read More

Managing World Cup fever

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Between the 14 June and 15 July 2018, some of your staff will be gripped by World Cup fever. What problems could this create and how can you manage them effectively? The match fixtures are on various days between 14 June and the 15 July 2018. This time round the World Cup could cause several problems for employers as many … Read More

Employee called a “whinger” wins £26,000

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The Department for Working Pensions (DWP) has been ordered to pay a disabled employee £26,000. What did bosses at the DWP do which enabled this employee to claim a sizable amount of compensation? In April 2018, there were several interesting media reports about Barrie Caulcutt’s (C) success at a tribunal. C, who is employed by the DWP as a Jobcentre … Read More

Dealing with a drink-driving employee

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There are approximately 85,000 convictions for drink driving in the UK. If an employee was charged with drink driving, is it OK to dismiss them? If a person is convicted (and a death isn’t involved), they can receive: A minimum 12 months driving ban; A criminal record; A hefty fine; A prison sentence; and Endorsement on their licence for up … Read More

Presenteeism and Leavism – more jargon or a serious concern for wellbeing at work?

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Presenteeism is a term used to describe the phenomenon of people coming into work when they are unwell. While leaveism refers to people using allocated time off e.g. annual leave to work, or working outside contracted hours. The levels of presenteeism and leaveism were looked at in a recent survey by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). The … Read More