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Multiple allegations of misconduct

In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.

News headlines

Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.
Mar 15, 2018

Head teacher fails in Supreme Court challenge to dismissal over failure to disclose

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by a head teacher who was sacked after she failed to disclose her friendship with a convicted sex offender to a local authority.
Mar 08, 2018

Supreme Court to rule next week on disclosure obligations of head teachers

The Supreme Court will next week (14 March) rule on the scope of a head teacher’s contractual obligation of disclosure and her right to a private life.
Feb 07, 2018

Flexible and vulnerable workers to benefit from enhanced employment rights: PM

Employees are to get new rights to sickness and holiday pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
Nov 22, 2017

Union hits out at council after withdrawing strike action plans

The NASUWT union has withdrawn plans for strike action at three schools this week, following warnings of a legal challenge from Glasgow City Council.

Features and analysis

TUPE and gaps between contracts

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

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The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.

TUPE and fragmented services

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Harmajinder Hayre looks at a case which illustrates the importance of identifying the pre-transfer activities in a service provision change.

Employment law and workplace equality

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With International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March, Andrew Brett looks at the extent to which UK employment legislation has helped to achieve equal rights for women and whether more work is needed to achieve equality in the workplace.

Older articles

Feb 02, 2018

Getting out of a fix

Alastair Currie looks at a case involving a doctor which provides useful guidance on the tricky question of fairly dismissing employees on fixed term contracts.
Jan 26, 2018

Covert surveillance of employees

Is it legal to monitor your employees by covert surveillance? Mark Stevens reports on a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
Jan 12, 2018

Disability discrimination by perception

Harmajinder Hayre looks at an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which upheld a finding of disability discrimination by perception.
Dec 08, 2017

Managing pregnant employees

Can you performance manage a pregnant employee? Paul McFarlane and Louise Singh consider the key issues.
Dec 01, 2017

Supply chain sustainability

LexisPSL, in partnership with Simon Garbett, Ian Skinner and Sarah Rathke of Squire Patton Boggs, examine how authorities can ensure sustainable supply chains.
Dec 01, 2017

Short term gain; long term pain?

Philip Woolham looks at incentivising employees to leave public sector pensions.
Nov 22, 2017

Union hits out at council after withdrawing strike action plans

The NASUWT union has withdrawn plans for strike action at three schools this week, following warnings of a legal challenge from Glasgow City Council.
Nov 10, 2017

Whistleblowing and employer's knowledge

Harmajinder Hayre examines a whistleblowing case that clarifies the law in relation to employers' knowledge in unfair dismissal claims.
Nov 03, 2017

Discrimination and religious beliefs

A tribunal has rejected a claim of religious discrimination by a NHS non-executive director opposed to same-sex adoption. Catherine Casserley considers the judgment.
Oct 27, 2017

Parental bereavement

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 20 October and its provisions should make life easier for bereaved parents at a very difficult time, writes Fiona Anthony.
Oct 20, 2017

Thoroughness of disciplinary investigations

Can a disciplinary investigation ever be too thorough? Gemma Cawthray examines a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.
Sep 28, 2017

Holiday pay and employee monitoring

Two recent employment cases have provided important follow-up on two key issues: monitoring and holiday pay, writes Sarah Maddock.
Sep 22, 2017

Giving clear notice

Harmajinder Hayre looks at a recent employment case involving a city council that demonstrates the importance of clear notices.
Sep 07, 2017

Psychiatric harm arising from disciplinary proceedings

The law on psychiatric damage arising from disciplinary proceedings has recently been considered by the High Court. Angela Williams looks at the lessons to be learned.
Sep 07, 2017

Monitoring employees’ communications: the final word

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has handed down a landmark ruling on the monitoring of employees' communiciations. Robin Hopkins reports.
Aug 24, 2017

Have you considered alternatives to suspension?

The High Court has held that by automatically suspending a teacher, a school had acted in breach of contract entitling the teacher to resign and make a claim for wrongful dismissal. Harmajinder Hayre examines the ruling.
Aug 23, 2017

Staff win equal pay battle with Glasgow City Council

Unison Scotland has successfully challenged Glasgow City Council’s workforce, pay and benefits review, in a case that stretches back to 2006 and affects thousands of lower paid staff.
Aug 17, 2017

GDPR and employee surveillance

Ibrahim Hasan looks at the challenges for local authorities around employee surveillance and the prospect of GDPR.
Aug 10, 2017

EU citizens working in the public sector

How will the rights of those EU citizens working in the public sector be affected after Brexit? Judith Hockin explains.
Aug 10, 2017

Goodbye Grayling’s Employment Tribunal fees

Rachel Coyle analyses the Supreme Court's ruling that the Government's introduction of fees in employment tribunals was unlawful, and considers the justices' comments in relation to indirect discrimination.

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