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  • Don’t get spooked by employment law this Halloween

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Halloween

    It is no surprise that Halloween is one of the holidays that nearly everyone celebrates. Celebrations range from trick or treating, pumpkin carving contests, adult costume contests to parties with alcohol. 

    For employees’ they all encourage interaction and workplace engagement but for employers’ they all open the door for potential liabilities and concerns. So what are the 5 top legal issues that employers need to be aware of to avoid the scare this Halloween?

    1. Discrimination against Pagans 

    Religion is simply defined by the Equality Act as “any religion”, and does not state the belief has to be a major religion to be protected. Therefore employers must take non-mainstream religions as seriously as they do with the major religions. 

    In … more

  • Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

    Tags: The Equality Act 2010, Sexual Harassment, Employment Law

    The New York Times expose’ concerning American film producer Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment allegations has sparked important discussions on both sides of ‘The Pond’. 

    The social media movement #MeToo has inspired our friends, family, and colleagues to share posts concerning sexual harassment they have experienced in the workplace, unfortunately it seems like one too many women, in all walks of life, have experienced something unpleasant relating to their gender. 

    So what lessons can businesses learn when they are faced with allegations of sexual harassment? 

    What is sexual harassment?

    Under the Equality Act 2010 (EQA), sexual harassment is defined as being unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity … more

  • Managing mental health in the workplace

    Tags: Disability Discrimination, Mental Health Issues, Employment Law

    Last week saw social media awash with the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessDay which had people sharing positive messages and generally discussing mental health. While, it may seem that we are a little late into the discussion, given its importance we decided that it’s never too late. 

    Personally, I was surprised the other day, while chatting with a GP friend, with their assertion that that it can be the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol that can cause depression. Most of us, me including, are under the misguided impression that people use substances to deal with stress and depression.

    Whilst it is important to note that addiction is not a disability, the impairment caused by one, whether physical or mental, can be. 

    There are large costs incurred to the business … more

  • Managing absence: Hurricane Ophelia

    Tags: Employment Law, Weather Disruption, Hurricane Ophelia

    This year has been quite eventual as we have suffered disruptions from storm Doris and Ewan earlier this year and now the Met has warned about the chaos that is likely to be caused by Hurricane Ophelia. Employees are likely to encounter problems getting to work, from delayed trains, car and household damage to dangerous walking conditions.

    Given that there is a yellow warning in place for much of Wales, Scotland, the North-East, North-West and South-West of England as well as the West Midlands, we thought it would be a good idea to remind employers in how to deal with disruption caused by staff not being able to get into work. 

    First port of call is review your handbook to ascertain whether or not you have a severe weather policy, in the event that you do not, then follow this … 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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