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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Withdrawal of job offers, conditional offers & employment law

A contract of employment is as any other contract. The contract is formed when there is a clear offer of employment and this is accepted by the employee, which can, like most other forms of contract in English law, be communicated verbally or in writing. Once an unconditional offer (see below) has been accepted any [...]

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Discrimination issues and the burden of the recession

Well, it seems that that’s exactly what the government are hoping for. They intend to simplify the Equality Act to lessen what they believe are unnecessary obligations placed on businesses. The new plans include the possible scrapping of the third party harassment law, which includes removing the employer’s liability when an employee is harassed by [...]

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Gardening leave

Gardening leave is a term used to describe situation where an employee whose employment has been terminated (i.e. by handing his or her notice in or being served with a notice) is prevented from work. This practice is particularly common in corporate environments where data protection is of vital importance. By being prevented from normal [...]

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Direct discrimination

Two types of discrimination can exist in the United Kingdom, indirect discrimination and direct discrimination. Indirect discrimination is when an organisation has policies and rules applied equally to all members of the organisation. However, the effect of the policy causes disadvantage to one particular group of individuals. Direct discrimination is where an individual is treated [...]

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Employment law & social media

Employment Law and Social Media Social media is the use of online networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. The growing use of social media is changing the dynamics of the employer-employee relationship at all stages from recruitment through to dismissal. Accordingly, the subject of social media and employer relations is very much [...]

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The law on sex discrimination

Sex discrimination is where a person is treated unfavourably as a result of being a particular sex. If sex discrimination occurs in employment, education, provision of goods and services, housing or public authorities, it is illegal. The law of sex discrimination also protects against pregnancy, gender reassignment, civil partnerships and sexuality. Sex discrimination can be [...]

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Unfair dismissal and foreign workers

In the United Kingdom, all employees enjoy certain employment rights in relation to working hours, pay, holidays and notice periods. There are also a number of rights for dismissed employees who meet certain statutory criteria. All those employed prior to 6 April 2012 who have 12 months’ continuous service and those with a minimum of [...]

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The law on race discrimination

Race discrimination is when an individual is treated differently or less favourably because of their colour, nationality, race, ethnic origin or national origin and in this article we take a look at race discrimination in the workplace. Instances of race discrimination in the workplace may include: Abusive behaviour or name calling because of an individual’s [...]

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What is whistleblowing ?

Unfortunately certain situations will arise in workplaces in which employees will feel uncomfortable and will be witness to things that they consider to be wrong. Whistle blowing is the act of making authorities or your employer aware of these ‘wrongdoings’. If an employee becomes a whistle blower their employment rights should be protected. If an [...]

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Employee share option schemes

A share option is the right to buy or to sell a certain number of shares at a pre-defined set price regardless of the actual market value of the shares in particular company at some point in the future. Some companies run company share schemes for employees. The employees are then able to share options [...]

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