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Latest ACAS Statistics

Posted by on April 1st 2018 in Employment

ACAS has recently published its quarterly statistics for the 9 month period between April 2017 and December 2017.

Between April 2017 and July 2017, ACAS received around 1,600 notifications per week.

However, following the removal of Employment Tribunal fees, this has now risen to approximately 2,200 notifications each week.

According to the figures, early conciliation was successful in 17% of cases. Of those that did not succeed at this stage, 26% progressed to a tribunal, with the remainder falling away.

Of the 26% which did progress to tribunal, 21% settled through a COT3 agreement and 5% were withdrawn by the Claimant. Only 7% were...

Publishing the Gender Pay Gap – Time is Ticking!

Posted by on March 23rd 2018 in Employment

With two weeks to go before the deadline to publish Company gender pay gaps, reports have revealed that only a third of employers have disclosed the average difference between what they pay male and female employees.

The government has warned that non compliant companies will face legal action, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission further supporting this, and highlighting that they will be “fully enforcing” the pay gap legislation starting with a robust letter to companies that do not report by the deadline.

If firms continue to fail to publish their figures, they could...

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...

You’re Having a Baby?!

Posted by on February 19th 2018 in Employment

You’re Having a Baby?!

I don’t know if it is the time of year, or whether, as the commentators seem to be suggesting, discrimination towards women has increased in recent times, but on Friday I read an article quoting research from a well known and reputable insurance company suggesting that 14% of small businesses won’t employ women as they are “frightened” of discrimination claims, and today the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published research around pregnancy and maternity that makes stark reading.

Today’s research from the EHRC quotes the following in its press release:

“British employers are ‘living in the dark ages’ and have worrying...

Tesco Facing Britain's Largest Ever Equal Pay Claim

Posted by on February 8th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Hundreds of women who work in Tesco supermarkets across the UK could receive back pay totalling £20,000 if a legal challenge demanding equal pay with men who work in the company’s warehouse succeeds.

According to legal representatives instructed in the case, hourly paid female store staff earn less than men employed in the supermarket’s warehouses, even though the value of the work between the two is comparable.

Reports suggest that over 1,000 members of Tesco staff have contacted lawyers, with first steps being taken for at least 100 of them. Initial claims have been submitted...

How do Employers Reduce their Risk of a Tribunal Claim?

Posted by on February 7th 2018 in Employment

How do Employers Reduce their Risk of a Tribunal Claim?

Steps to avoid a Tribunal… (reducing the risk, we cannot eliminate it!)

With the removal of Tribunal fees, the courts are reporting a three fold increase in Employment Tribunal claims coming through. These are set to increase. So how do employers reduce their risk of a Tribunal claim?

Employ People through effective processes

Have you reviewed your recruitment and selection practices. Do you know what the value set of the company is so that you can match that to the value set of the potential employee? Have you got effective questioning techniques? Do you use a comprehensive selection process or expect to get...

What is Strategic HR Support?

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

What is Strategic HR Support?

I (Carolyn Giles) joined the employment team in 2014 as an HR consultant. Since that time, when I was delivering a very wide range of employment services including day to day advice, training, consultations etc, my role in the team has been refined. 

Strategic Human Resources sits within the HR profession, governed and guided through the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. I am a Fellow of the institute.

Many refer to HR as the 'dark art', it is certainly more art than science, so hopefully this will tell you a little about what I do in a practical sense. 

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Employment Appeal Tribunal: 'Discrimination Due to a Perceived Disability is Unlawful'

Posted by on January 23rd 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

Employment Appeal Tribunal: 'Discrimination Due to a Perceived Disability is Unlawful'

Following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, direct discrimination as a result of a perceived disability has always been considered a possibility, albeit there had been no case law to give guidance to employers.  

However, the EAT have now confirmed that it is indeed possible for an employer to discriminate against an employee purely because of a perception that they are disabled, even if they do not fall within the statutory definition of a disabled individual.

The dispute in question concerned a police officer who had experienced some hearing loss, although it was highlighted that it was not significant...

What is Acceptable Behaviour?

Posted by on January 19th 2018 in Blog Posts, Employment

What is Acceptable Behaviour?

In the light of recent media reports including the entertainment industry and parliament, many employers and their teams are asking the question about what acceptable behaviour is, and how to manage inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

Every workplace has a culture and one size will never fit all. The most helpful way of tackling the subject and subsequently the behaviours is to involve those working in the organisation. If there is a staff communication or consultative body, or union representation this will be relatively easy. Staff surveys are another way of identifying where problems may arise. Ideally all those in the...

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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