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  • 20 Jul 2018
    Employee Ms Gray was asked to sign an employment contract containing clauses that assigned the rights of any of her work for Mulberry to their ownership. She refused and was subsequently dismissed. Our article analyses this case and gives top tips for dealing with a new employee who won't sign their employment contract.

  • 20 Jun 2018
    In O’Conner V DL Insurance Services the EAT criticised the Company for disciplining Mrs O’Conner, who was disabled as defined under the Equality Act, for taking 60 days absence in a year. So what did they get wrong, and what should they have done about Mrs O’Conner’s absences?

  • 19 Jun 2018
    Conduct or capability? If an employee is not performing well, it's important to understand why…is it because they can’t do the job, or parts of it, or is it because they won’t do it. The distinction is important, because it dictates the procedure we should use to manage the employee. Our article covers the topic and gives examples of conduct and capability related underperformance.

  • 15 Jun 2018
    Times are changing and behaviour that was tolerated in the 1970s is not tolerated today. But people still behave badly sometimes and one of our more common case types is the management of inappropriate behaviour at work. Employers can be liable for the bad behaviour of an employee, and so the topic should be treated seriously. In each case we’ve managed we finish by advising our clients what they should do next to ensure that bad behaviour is quickly corrected. This article contains that advice.

  • 14 Jun 2018
    The Supreme Court has agreed with the lower courts that Gary Smith, one of Pimlico's ‘self-employed’ plumbers was actually a worker, and therefore entitled to paid holiday and certain other statutory rights. No surprise on the verdict, but to remind yourself of the implications of the case if you employ self-employed people please read the article.