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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

Jan 02, 2018

City council refused permission to appeal in equal pay litigation

The Court of Session in Scotland has refused Glasgow City Council permission to appeal against an equal pay ruling affecting thousands of the local authority’s staff.
Dec 29, 2017

Home Office consults on rules to prevent ‘boomerang bosses’ in fire services

The Government is to consult on new rules which it says will crack down on the employment of ‘boomerang bosses’ in England’s fire and rescue services.
Dec 12, 2017

Director of legal services and monitoring officer at NW council resigns

The Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer at Cheshire East Council, Bill Norman, has resigned with immediate effect.
Dec 06, 2017

Social worker wins right to use documents for ECHR claim over judicial criticism

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has allowed a social worker to use restricted documents in proceedings to be brought over a judge’s critical remarks about her.
Dec 05, 2017

London borough fined £100,000 after social workers assaulted

A local authority has been fined £100,000 after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit by the mother of a vulnerable child they were visiting.

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

Nov 29, 2017

Chief executive and monitoring officer suspended over running of election

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has suspended chief executive John Sellgren and head of audit and elections and monitoring officer Liz Dodd over failures in the running of the 2017 general election process.
Nov 27, 2017

Birmingham bin workers dispute ended as council “reaches legally-sound position”

Birmingham City Council and the Unite union have agreed a deal to settle a long-running dispute over changes to the provision of waste management services, bringing to an end months of industrial action.
Nov 24, 2017

Court rejects call by council for pensions set-off from officer convicted of fraud

The High Court has rejected a London borough’s bid to set off the pension benefits of a former senior finance officer who defrauded the council.
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 08, 2017

Employee wins partial victory on harassment in pot plant case

A Westminster City Council employee has won a partial victory at an employment tribunal in a case that arose over a disputed pot plant.
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.
Nov 01, 2017

Council backs £100k+ payoffs for head of legal and deputy chief exec

The Head of Legal Services and the Deputy Chief Executive at Caerphilly County Borough Council will each receive six-figure pay-offs and depart from the authority after a number of years on special leave.
Oct 30, 2017

Council mulls settlements with head of legal and senior officer on leave for years

A Welsh council will this week consider whether to approve pay-offs for two of three senior officers – including its head of legal – who have been on leave on full pay for several years.
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 25, 2017

Tribunal refuses to force council to disclose legal advice over costs of employment case involving mayor

A member of the public has failed in a bid to force Liverpool City Council to disclose the legal advice behind its decision to pay the costs incurred by elected mayor Joe Anderson in an unfair dismissal case.
Oct 20, 2017

Thoroughness of disciplinary investigations

Can a disciplinary investigation ever be too thorough? Gemma Cawthray examines a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.
Oct 16, 2017

North West council pays out £3.5m to settle equal pay claims: report

St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed to pay out £3.5m to settle equal pay claims, it has been reported.
Oct 10, 2017

Union takes council to court over employment status of foster carer

The Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) trade union is to take a test case against Hampshire County Council over the employment status of a foster carer.
Oct 09, 2017

Council fined £150k over failures on hand arm vibration syndrome

A Welsh council has been fined £150,000 after a 57-year old employee in its StreetScene department was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
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 21, 2017

Council ordered to withdraw redundancy notices in bins row ahead of full hearing

A High Court judge has ordered Birmingham City Council to withdraw redundancy notices it served on 113 refuse workers ahead of a full hearing.
Sep 21, 2017

Fire authority spent £400k on legal costs over dismissal of chief officer

Essex Fire Authority spent more than £400,000 on legal costs associated with the dismissal of chief fire officer David Johnson.
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.

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