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Time extension and ACAS EC

In a case involving a borough council the Employment Appeal Tribunal has endorsed the sequential approach to time extension for ACAS EC (early conciliation), report Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen.

News headlines

Apr 23, 2018

Ex-hospital worker prosecuted for inappropriately accessing patient records

A former receptionist of a Milton Keynes hospital trust has become the latest NHS employee to be prosecuted for accessing patient records without authorisation.
Feb 23, 2018

High Court hears test case on ability of junior doctors to take breaks

The High Court is this week hearing a test case on whether a NHS trust which employed 20 junior doctors in their first years as doctors in training breached their contracts of employment when monitoring their ability to take breaks required…
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 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.

Features and analysis

Variation of contracts and lack of protest

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A city council recently lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases from 2011 to 2013. Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen analyse the ruling.

Payment for being on stand-by

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Are workers entitled to be paid when on stand-by? Allison Cook reports on a significant ruling by the European Court of Justice.

Junior doctors and natural breaks

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A High Court has endorsed a NHS Trust’s monitoring of junior doctors and the taking of natural breaks. Nichola Evans considers the implications of the ruling.

Dismissal and contractual notice

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The Supreme Court has ruled that written notice of dismissal is only valid once read. Phil Allen considers the implications.

Older articles

Mar 02, 2018

Discrimination claims and time limits

Can the entirety of a disciplinary process amount to 'conduct extending over a period', thus preventing a claim from being out of time? Nick Murrell discusses this in relation to a recent case involving a NHS trust.
Feb 23, 2018

High Court hears test case on ability of junior doctors to take breaks

The High Court is this week hearing a test case on whether a NHS trust which employed 20 junior doctors in their first years as doctors in training breached their contracts of employment when monitoring their ability to take breaks required…
Feb 16, 2018

Fit to practise?

Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke Chambers discusses with LexisPSL Local Government a recent Court of Appeal ruling on a student's fitness to practise.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.

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