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Social Media At Work: We Are Still Talking About It!

Posted by on November 30th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Social Media At Work: We Are Still Talking About It!

Whilst reading a recent article on the BBC website, it struck me that there is still confusion for employers and employees.

The individual explains the difficult time she has had since an incident in 2015 when she lost her job due to a post on facebook. It happens that in August 2017 she won her unfair dismissal case. The details of the case are significant in part as it reflects the conversation we frequently have with clients.

We presented last week to a small group of clients, discussing social media and associated policies in the workplace. The article I read today...

Could times be changing for "Outsourced Employees"

Posted by on November 22nd 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Could times be changing for

A recent report has confirmed that 75 individuals, with roles such as receptionists and porters, will be going to Tribunal in an attempt to gain more rights at work.

The individuals (who are considered ‘outsourced employees’) are supplied to the University of London by external facilities company, Cordant. However, whilst their roles and responsibilities are similar to those directly employed by the University, the outsourced employees do not receive the same benefits as these individuals.

As a result of the nature of the tripartite working relationship between the University, the facilities company and the staff, the University has so far rejected claims...

Rise in Voluntary Living Wage Rate

Posted by on November 8th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

It has been announced that Voluntary Living Wage (VLW) is set to rise by 30p per hour across the UK to a rate of £8.75 per hour. Within London, it is set to rise further by 45p, taking the rate of pay to over £10.00 for the first time, at £10.20 per hour. This represents a 3.6% and 4.6% rise respectively.

This will be a positive change for some 150,000 workers who are employed by the 3,500 firms who have signed up to the VLW Scheme. Employers who have signed up include large companies such as Heathrow Airport, IKEA, Google and...

Failure to Conduct Breastfeeding Risk Assessment Constitutes Employee Sex Discrimination, CJEU decides

Posted by on November 6th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

In Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saúde the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that a failure by an employer to conduct an appropriate risk assessment for a breastfeeding female worker constituted direct discrimination.

The case involved an A&E nurse, who went to her employer with concerns that her working conditions (ie. long hours, stress, exposure to ionising radiation etc.) were having an affect on her ability to breastfeed her child. The employee then requested a change to her working patterns to accommodate breastfeeding her child and for preventative measures to be put in place, this was rejected on the...

Thriving At Work - How Do We Improve The Mental Health & Financial Stability Of Our Organisations?

Posted by on October 31st 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Thriving At Work - How Do We Improve The Mental Health & Financial Stability Of Our Organisations?

Last week saw the release of the report “Thriving at work”,  The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health in the workplace. It came out with a great fanfare having been commissioned by the Prime Minister in January 2017.

The report’s authors have a vision that they believe is realistic within a 10 year time frame to ensure that employers create the right environment for employees with mental health who require support.

It is interesting that even in writing an article I am struggling to find the right terminology, and that is one of the areas we need to address as...

Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill

Posted by on October 27th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was published on the 13th October 2017 with its second reading having taken place on the 20th October 2017.  The Bill follows on from the Parental Bereavement Leave (Statutory Entitlement) Bill from 2016-17 which was sponsored by Will Quince MP but failed to progress before the General Election.

The Bill is a Private Members’ Bill having been introduced by MP Kevin Hollindrake. The Government has backed this Bill and the Conservative Governments Manifesto prior to the 2017 General Election included a new entitlement for parental bereavement leave. The Bill therefore has a strong chance...

Kitsons' Employment Practical Leadership Programmes

Posted by on October 6th 2017 in Employment, Kitsons News

Kitsons Employment Team are pleased to announce a series of seminars aimed at those with HR Management responsibility in their organisation.

The seminars are scheduled to run across the course of the next six months, coverting all aspects of HR within the business. Spaces will be limited, with just 12 attendees for each workshop to allow maximum interaction and engagement.

The sessions will be half a day (9.15am start) with lunch, closing at 2.00pm, held at our Exeter office: Exeter: Kitsons LLP, The Forum, Barnfield Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QR

Asking All the Right Questions

Exeter: Thursday...

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Posted by on October 2nd 2017 in Employment

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania the Romanian Court ruled that an employer had acted lawfully when it monitored an employee’s Yahoo Account. The account in question was a Yahoo Messenger account, which the employee was encouraged to use to speak to customers. The employer found, however, that the account was also being used for personal purposes – namely messaging his brother and partner. Mr Barbulescu was subsequently dismissed from his role.  The Court upheld the decision of the employer to dismiss him,...

The Launch of the New Business and Property Court of England & Wales

Posted by on September 29th 2017 in Employment

The Launch of the New Business and Property Court of England & Wales

The Business and Property Courts of England & Wales will be launched on 02 October 2017. The new court will comprise the following:

  • Commercial Court
  • Technology and Construction Court
  • Courts of the Chancery Division
  • Insolvency and Companies Court
  • Admiralty Court
  • Business list
  • Financial list
  • Competition list
  • Intellectual Property List
  • Property Trust and Probate List; and
  • Revenue List.

In addition to London there will be 5 main regional centres comprising of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Cardiff. Users will be asked to identify which centre they wish to issue proceedings in.   This will enhance the connection between London and the regions with the mantra that...

Flexible Working Hours

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Flexible Working Hours

A survey of 1000 parents has suggested that those who request flexible working to enable them to look after their children are punished for doing so by being given fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases have lost their jobs.  

The survey focused on mums and dads in “low paid” jobs particularly in the retail, hospitality and social care sectors and identified that part of the problem is that many employees are unaware of their rights to flexible working.

Every employee who has been employed for 26 weeks has the statutory right to apply for flexible working – as long...

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