Employment Law Blogs

It’s not me… It’s you! Dismissing Employees

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if employees came to work to do their job?  And if, after acing the interview, they remained that proactive, engaging individual that you originally employed?   Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and as a business owner, director or manager, you may find yourself trying to come up with the easiest…

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Can banning headscarves amount to religious discrimination?

In the case of Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions, CJEU have held that it is ok to ban the wearing of a headscarf as long as it is part of a blanket ban on the wearing of all religious signs in customer facing roles. G4S in Belgium operated a policy of ‘neutrality’, banning all wearing…

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Dress Code or Mess Code?

Sexist company dress codes have received media attention again recently. This is the idea that dress codes are discriminating against women and in some instances, sexualising what women wear in the workplace. In December 2015, Nicola Thorp was sent home from her agency reception job at PwC for not wearing heels. Thorp refused when asked…

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“She only makes the tea” – A good excuse not to pay National Minimum Wage?

The Government has released a list of the 10 worst and bizarre excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage (NMW).  NMW is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law and it is age dependent.  Here’s the list: The employee wasn’t a good worker so I didn’t think they deserved to…

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Thumbs Down to Damaging Company Property

It has recently come to light that a waiter working at the British Museum accidentally knocked the thumb off a priceless Roman sculpture in December last year, according to The Art Newspaper. The waiter, who was from an external company, had bent down underneath the Townley Venus and as he stood up, bumped the statue’s right…

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National Minimum Wage Increases from 1st October 2016

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law and it is age dependent. The new rates will apply from 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017: Age Rate 25+ £7.20 21-24 £6.95 18-20 £5.55 16-17 £4.00 Apprentice *£3.40 *If in the first year and under…

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The Interviewing Process

Next in our recruitment series, we look at the interviewing process. Once you have advertised, and narrowed down your candidate list, it is time to begin interviewing, so what HR considerations should you have in mind when interviewing potential candidates? Offer a formal notification of interview (either through letter or email) stating the time, date…

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Childcare vouchers and maternity leave

There was a case you may have seen in Personnel Today reported initially in January, regarding the lawfulness of suspending membership of a childcare voucher scheme while an employee is on maternity leave. The case of Peninsula Business Services v Donaldson, looks at Peninsula’s scheme which provides employees with a reduced salary in return for tax…

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High heels discrimination

High heels have been hitting the headlines recently, so we take a look at what you need to know when it comes to footwear and your business.   As we can see in this article from Personnel Today, a lady named Nicola Thorp was sent to a temporary job at PwC through an agency named…

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How to stop staff missing work during Euro 2016

The sun is shining and the Euro 2016 Championship Finals are almost here – June 10th for one month.  Whilst this is an exciting time, where the home nations get behind England, Wales and Norther Ireland and many other teams in today’s multi-cultural society (for three matches at least!!), it can also create problems in…

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