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Managing pregnant employees

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

News headlines

Nov 16, 2017

ICO brings 8th prosecution in 2017 over NHS employees unlawfully accessing records

A nursing auxiliary in Wales has been fined for accessing a patient’s medical records without a valid legal reason – the eighth prosecution of its kind brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office this year alone.
Oct 24, 2017

Information Commissioner warns NHS staff about snooping after another prosecution

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fired a warning to NHS employees about the risks of snooping into patient records without a valid legal reason, after its latest prosecution of a staff member.
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 03, 2017

Council loses appeal over voluntarily-worked overtime and holiday pay

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has lost a case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal over how voluntarily-worked overtime is treated in the calculation of holiday pay.
Jul 27, 2017

Government suspends enforcement activity over sleep-in shifts and minimum wage

The Government has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.

Features and analysis

Supply chain sustainability

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

Short term gain; long term pain?

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Philip Woolham looks at incentivising employees to leave public sector pensions.

Whistleblowing and employer's knowledge

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

Discrimination and religious beliefs

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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.

Older articles

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.
Aug 03, 2017

Council loses appeal over voluntarily-worked overtime and holiday pay

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has lost a case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal over how voluntarily-worked overtime is treated in the calculation of holiday pay.
Aug 03, 2017

Testing beliefs

Julian Hoskins looks at a recent Court of Appeal case on defining a whistleblower's belief that their disclosure is in the 'public interest'. How 'public' does the 'interest' need to be?
Jul 27, 2017

Government suspends enforcement activity over sleep-in shifts and minimum wage

The Government has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.
Jul 26, 2017

Union wins Supreme Court battle over imposition of fees in employment tribunals

A Government fees order imposing fees in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal was unlawful under both domestic and EU law because it had the effect of preventing access to justice, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Jul 20, 2017

Dismissing senior public servants

Susan Belgrave sets out the lessons to be learned from a judicial review of the dismissal of a chief constable.
Jul 20, 2017

Reference ruled discriminatory

An employment tribunal has ruled that a reference given by an employer was unfair and amounted to disability discrimination and victimisation. Harmajinder Hayre explains why.
Jul 18, 2017

Court upholds parking charges on hospital staff

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has defended its staff car parking policy after employees were left with large bills when they lost a court case on the charges.
Jul 18, 2017

GMC awards £1m contract to Lincoln House Chambers for interim orders advocacy

The General Medical Council (GMC) has appointed Lincoln House Chambers to provide all advocacy before the Interim Orders Tribunal sitting in Manchester.
Jul 13, 2017

The Taylor Review into 'gig' working

Matthew Taylor's much anticipated report on modern employment practices has been published this week. Sarah Maddock sets out the key findings.
Jul 07, 2017

Context is all

Jodie Sinclair looks at fair redundancy following absence for cancer treatment.
Jun 29, 2017

A warning for all multiple claims

Daphne Romney QC considers a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision whose impact goes far beyond equal pay claims.
Jun 23, 2017

Subject access requests and ICO guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office has changed its guidance in relation to subject access requests. Robin Hopkins sets out the key points.

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