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  • The 10 most significant employment law cases in 2015

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination, Redundancy, Sickness Absence, Holiday, Disciplinary Procedure, Right to be Accompanied

    As we count down to the New Year, let’s remind ourselves of 2015’s key judgments. They include cases on: whistleblowing, working time, annual leave during sickness absence, holiday pay, disability discrimination, redundancy consultations, recruitment, and the role of HR in disciplinary proceedings.

    1. HR’s role in disciplinary proceedings

    In Ramphal v Department for Transport it was held by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that a dismissal will be unfair if the decision to dismiss an employee is improperly influenced by HR. Thus, HR should refrain from lobbying managers to reshape their view on culpability and limit their advice essentially to questions of law, and procedures and processes.

    2. Right to be accompanied: a new type of claim?

    It was held by the … more

  • The London Zoo love triangle led to bloody fight at a Christmas party

    Tags: Unfair Dismissal, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal

    The employment tribunal in Westlake v ZSL London Zoo held that two zookeepers who got into a fight at London Zoo's Christmas party should have received the same disciplinary sanction.

    Ms Westlake got into a fight with a colleague, Ms Sanders at a work Christmas party. The fight appeared to originate over another zookeeper Mr Davies, Ms Sanders’ former boyfriend who was by then dating Ms Westlake. Ms Sanders face was slashed with a wine glass by her colleague Ms Westlake.

    The Zoo dismissed Ms Westlake and issued a final written warning to Ms Sanders as well as banning her from work related social events. Due to factual disputes as to how the incident was initiated, the Tribunal concluded that both employees should have been given the same punishment and therefore ruled that Ms … more

  • Top 10 employment tips for businesses during Christmas

    Tags: Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Leeds Law Firm, Christmas Party, Leeds City Centre

    Tis the season to be merry and let your hair down, however to ensure that you do so without exposing your business to tribunal proceedings, follow our top ten tips: 

    1. Policy on workplace social events

    As a matter of good practice, you should ensure you have a policy relating to conduct on work related social events. This would assist in the event that you (a) need to take any disciplinary action and/or (b) need to investigate any discrimination allegations.  

    2. Communicate policies relating to conduct 

    • Ensure managers review and understand any policies relating to Christmas parties or work related social events.

    • You should also consider issuing a statement to employees reminding them of conduct expected during any work related parties.

    3. Take any … more

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  • Seasonal Workers: Key Contractual Issues for Employers

    Tags: Employment Status, ukemplaw, Seasonal Workers, Contractual Issues, Fixed-term, Pat-time, Casual workers, Agency workers, Young persons, EmploymentLaw

    In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times of the year. A common solution for employers in these sectors is to recruit additional employees during these periods. Below we set out the key contractual considerations for employers to bear in mind when hiring seasonal employees. 

    Fixed-term employees

    An individual recruited to cover seasonal work may be taken on for a limited period of time. A fixed-term contract is therefore often used, with that contract ending on a specific date or on completion of a particular project.

    An individual employed on a fixed-term contract is protected against less favourable treatment compared to permanent employees. For example, if an employer excludes the fixed-term … more

    

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