Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

Should Employees Be Able To Self Certify Sickness Absence For Two Weeks?

According to research from accountancy firm PwC sick days are costing UK employers about £29 billion a year. Sick leave accounts for nearly 90% of absence bills with other types of leave, e.g. compassionate leave and dependants leave, taking up the other 10%. Currently employees who are off sick from work can ‘self certify’ for… Read more »

Is There Discrimination At The BBC?

It has been reported recently that the BBC are advertising vacancies setting out specific requirements on the ethnicity of applicants. Allegedly two white applicants have been turned down for a 12 month trainee role as junior scriptwriters because the BBC wanted people from “ethnic minority backgrounds”. The BBC stated it was to address an “under-representation… Read more »

How Has EU Membership Shaped UK Employment Law?

Since the passage of the European Communities Act 1972, UK courts and tribunals must interpret national law in accordance with European law. As the EU membership debate rages on, we’ve set out eight of the key European cases that have had a major impact on UK employment law. No cap on discrimination compensation Marshall v… Read more »

ACAS Report An Increase In Workplace Bullying

This week ACAS have reported that workplace bullying is growing in the UK and that many people are too scared to speak out about the issue. They have received approximately 20,000 calls in the past year related to bullying and harassment, with some callers reporting that workplace bullying caused them to self-harm or consider suicide…. Read more »

Shared parental leave – soon to be a family affair?

As employers (and employment lawyers) continue to grapple with the intricacies of the shared parental leave legislation, the Chancellor yesterday announced plans to extend the shared parental leave scheme to working grandparents. Under the new rules, both parents and grandparents will potentially be able to divide the statutory shared parental leave pay between them. This… Read more »

Smoking in the workplace – Managing the side effects

The effect of smoking appears to be a constant issue in the news. On 1 October 2015 further limitations will be placed on smokers when it will become illegal to smoke in a vehicle in the presence of any one under the age of 18. We have considered the potential impact of smoking in the… Read more »

The Rugby World Cup – Are you prepared?

As England get off to a great start to the Rugby World Cup, is your company prepared for a potential increase in the number of ‘sick days’ following or on match days? Have you considered how you may manage several requests for early finishes with the promise of “I’ll make the time up”? We’ve set… Read more »

Employee dismissal & social media issues

Is it unfair to carry out an employee dismissal for making offensive and inappropriate comments on social media, even if that person claims the comments were not true? No, said the Employment Appeals Tribunal In the case of British Waterways Board v Smith. In this case, the British Waterways Board dismissed an employee after they… Read more »