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Practitioner’s Insights – The Risks of Ignoring the Issue

Posted by on July 31st 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Practitioner’s Insights – The Risks of Ignoring the Issue

As you can imagine, we deal a lot with issues where the employer has “reached the end of their tether” in managing a problem like capability.  Sometimes we are involved throughout a process, which will either lead to an improvement in performance or potentially dismissal.  Others however, we are called in at the latter stages to advise on the capability procedure at the point at which dismissal is contemplated.  Often, the reluctance of a manger to have the open and frank discussion at the outset, leads to a situation whereby the individual may struggle to accept any failings in their...

Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd

Posted by on July 31st 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd

In Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1689 the Court of Appeal has held that there was no dismissal where a contractual disciplinary appeal was successful.

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal that there was no dismissal where an employee who, following his appeal under a contractual disciplinary procedure, was told that the decision to dismiss him had been revoked. This was despite the appeal only addressing one of the two disciplinary allegations that had resulted in his dismissal.

The Claimant was a care assistant, dismissed over two charges of misconduct. He appealed under a...

Plumber Engaged on a Self-Employed Basis was Entitled to ‘Workers’ Rights

Posted by on June 26th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Plumber Engaged on a Self-Employed Basis was Entitled to ‘Workers’ Rights

In Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith the Supreme Court considered an employment tribunal’s decision regarding the employment status of Mr Smith who was engaged by Pimlico Plumbers purportedly on a self employed basis.

In 2011 Mr Smith issued several claims in the tribunal. The tribunal found that Mr Smith was not an employee but was a 'worker' and 'in employment' within the meaning of the Equality Act. This finding was upheld by the EAT and the Court of Appeal.

For Mr Smith to qualify as a worker, the Supreme Court had to agree that he had undertaken to...

Recovery of Training Costs

Posted by on June 1st 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

An Employment Tribunal has awarded a Claimant £11,465.81 following the recent decision which found that the Respondent,  the optician chain ‘Scrivens’, unlawfully asked the Claimant to repay £11,000 in training fees incurred during her employment. The Employment Tribunal upheld claims for pregnancy and maternity discrimination, constructive dismissal, and unlawful deduction from wages.

The background to this case is that in 2010 the Claimant, Ms Walworth, entered into a Training Agreement with her Scrivens to allow her to gain the qualifications required to progress to a more senior role.

Pregnant Woman Wearing Marled Gray Sweater Touching Her Stomach

GDPR Package

Posted by on May 30th 2018 in Employment

On 25 May 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaced the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The aim is to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. From 25 May 2018 those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. 

In order to assist organisations comply with GDPR we have produced a suite of policies along with guidance for employers and a training video which can be used to inform employees of how GDPR impacts them.

The policies, documents and video are available as a package or individually...

Dress Codes

Posted by on May 29th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

A number of recent high profile cases has resulted in the issue of workplace dress codes being addressed by the Government.

The Government Equalities Office has published new non-statutory guidance for employers, who set dress codes, and employees and job applicants, who may have to abide by them: Dress Codes

The guidance is summarised as follows:

  • A workplace dress code is a set of standards that employers develop about what is appropriate for employees to wear to work.

  • Dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer’s terms and conditions of employment.

  • Dress policies for men and women...

GDPR: Eight things you need to do

Posted by on May 24th 2018 in Blog Posts

GDPR: Eight things you need to do
  1. Consider processing personal data in a way so that you can’t tell from looking at it which person it relates to. You would need additional information (a key or code) kept separately (and securely) to decode it. (Known as ‘pseudonymisation’.)
  2. Think about whether some data can be anonymised. Do you really need to be able to identify the employee to use the data? For example, if you are processing information for research or statistics then you could probably anonymise it. We see this a lot in the public sector when data is collated for the purposes of equal opportunities.
  3. Use...

Apprenticeship or Apprenticescam?

Posted by on April 25th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

The purpose of an apprenticeship is to enable a person to train on the job and gain a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are intended to be for skilled roles which require training to reach the standards required, along with providing the apprentice with transferrable skills. The minimum rate of pay for apprentices ranges from £3.70 an hour for anyone in their first year of an apprenticeship to £7.38. The benefit to the employer is that they get people to work for them at a low cost to them and they receive government support for this. In exchange...

Supreme Court Decision on Failure to Disclose Relationship

Posted by on March 22nd 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Supreme Court Decision on Failure to Disclose Relationship

The Supreme Court has decided on the appeal of a former head teacher of a primary school who was dismissed for a failure to disclose her relationship with a convicted child sex offender. This decision highlights the importance of the timing of disclosure of information so that the risks can be properly considered and appropriate action taken.

The facts of the case are summarised as follows:

  • Ms Reilly (R) qualified as a teacher in 1987.

  • R met Mr Selwood (S) in 1998 and developed a close friendship with him. The pair bought an investment property together and S lived there. R occasionally stayed...

See no evil...

Posted by on January 15th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

The decision in the recent case of López Ribalda and others v Spain highlights the conflicting position of data protection laws which protect fundamental rights and the rights of an employer to monitor their employees and customers.

The use of surveillance cameras is common in many work places. Usually they are used for security purposes and to protect the staff and customers within the premises. However a consequence of the use of video surveillance is that employers can catch employees committing acts of misconduct that can lead to disciplinary action.

In this particular case a...

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