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  • 25 May 2015
    Surely we can’t have a summer without the Sun running that headline, but with meteorologists forecasting a 25% chance of the hottest summer on record, where do employers stand when employees complain of heat exhaustion?

  • 14 May 2015
    According to official figures released this week, the UK has reached a record number of 1.9 million Eastern Europeans working in the UK. The biggest influx was by migrants from eight east European states, including Poland, the Czech Republic and Baltic states. Numbers continued to rise with an increase of 15.7 per cent from 803,000 to 929,000 in the year January to March 2014 to the same period this year. As immigrant workers are on the rise, the UK Border Agency will be cracking down on 'visa abusers'. Employers, do not get caught out...

  • 5 May 2015
    Employment law isn’t always stacked in the favour of employees you know. Chadburn made up race discrimination allegations to inflate her claim against Doncaster NHS foundation Trust and in doing so the Trust invested an additional £35K in defending itself. The Employment Appeal Tribunal took a dim view and awarded £10K costs against Chadburn, ignoring her pleas that she was £4k in debt and couldn’t afford to pay.

  • 1 May 2015
    In Shrestha v Genesis Housing Association Ltd, (Court of Appeal) S, the employee was found to have been fairly dismissed for claiming almost twice the mileage recommended by the AA and RAC route-finders for the journeys he had been claiming. This case centred on the all-important matter of the quality of the disciplinary investigation, which S claimed was flawed.

  • 23 Apr 2015
    In the Court of Appeal case of Way Vs Spectrum Property Care Ltd, a final warning given in ‘bad faith’ and later relied on by the employer to dismiss an employee for a subsequent unrelated offence proved fatal to the employer’s defence. This case highlights the importance not just of the quality of the dismissal and appeal process, but also of the previous stages.