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  • 7 Apr 2017
    Even if a long term sick employee is no longer entitled to sick pay, they are still clocking up paid holiday entitlement (which will not, contrary to popular belief, be ‘lost’ at the end of the holiday year) and so employers are normally keen to resolve long term sickness one way of the other. The recent case of O'Brien Vs Bolton St Catherine's Academy provides invaluable guidance on how to approach these cases.

  • 5 Apr 2017
    Poor attenders are highly disruptive, drain our patience and dent the morale of other team members who need to cover absentees. Even businesses that pay only SSP are vulnerable, but those with Company Sick Pay are especially so. Our article contains straightforward tips for smaller employers to get to grips with absence issues.

  • 29 Mar 2017
    As most employers are aware employees with less than two years’ continuous employment don’t generally have a right to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. But employers should not rely on this to dismiss without always checking that the reason for the dismissal is not unlawfully discriminatory and/or that the employee’s dismissal would not be “automatically unfair.” Our article examines the '2 year rule' and looks at when 2 years is not actually 2 years....

  • 10 Mar 2017
    6th April 2017 sees the customary increases in dismissal compensation and a ‘week’s pay’ for the purposes of calculating various things, most commonly redundancy pay. If you want to know the various rates and for our explanation of when they might (an might not) apply, please read the full article.

  • 10 Mar 2017
    The police service has a rule in its attendance policy – if you’re off sick, you must remain contactable and notify your manager if you’re planning on travelling anywhere. Ms Brown was off sick, and did travel to Barbados, why then did her employer have to pay her £9K in damages as a result of their investigations? To learn more about some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to employee data, please click here to read the article.