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Category Archives: Employee Rights

Wrongful dismissal, self employment and appeals

I try to make a point on this site of remembering that my audience is employers and employees and not other lawyers. Most of my readers are unlikely to be interested in a detailed analysis of legal points raised in various Employment Tribunal or County/High Court claims and instead want an overview of the law [...]

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Tinkering around the edges ?

The well publicised employment law changes announced yesterday by Vince cable seem to us to be typical of the way in which employment law and politics are so heavily intertwined. There are few other areas of law, criminal law excepted, which have such a direct correlation with politics, because employment law matters to us all. [...]

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Rest breaks at work when using computers

Employers have a legal duty of care towards the health and safety of their employees. This means that they have to provide employees with appropriate equipment and training and it also means that they have to ensure their employees are treated correctly, which includes receiving the required amount of rest.

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Damages for discrimination

Discrimination in the working environment is unlawful. If an employee has been discriminated against by their employer then they can bring a claim for compensation against the employer in an employment tribunal. Types of Discrimination There is no closed list of the types of discrimination, however common examples include: Age Discrimination Disability Discrimination Pregnancy and [...]

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Harassment law guide

There are different types of harassment as recognised under English Law. Harassment may, if influenced by discrimination, come under the Equality Act 2010. Other types of harassment come under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which is rarely used in any employment law context and so we will not deal with it in this article.

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How and when to raise a grievance at work

When employees are not happy with something at work it is important to find a solution as quickly as possible. Employees may be annoyed or angry about something and wish to complain. Companies usually have a system whereby complaints are handled, this is called grievance procedure. Companies are relatively free to handle grievance procedure in [...]

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Parental leave guide

Looking after a child requires a lot of time and attention. Children, especially at a very young age are dependent on their parents. As parents we want to be present at an early stage of our children’s development, see the first steps and hear their first words. It is often difficult to compromise having a [...]

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Procedure before a formal written warning

Procedure in employment law, especially when contemplating disciplinary sanction of an employee or dismissal, is extremely important. Employers are well advised to have a formal policy for dealing with disciplinary issues which is communicated to employees and which they can access at any time. The following represents the type of process which represents good practice [...]

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Disability law – excellent resource

We came across a site this morning on the web which we hadn’t seen before, so thought it would be useful to showcase it, as it provides some really excellent resources. The site is DLS.org.uk. Whilst the primary focus of the site is on disability law, which is a huge and very important topic, with [...]

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Without prejudice – the timing and risks on compromise agreements

Many employer and employees ask us about the meaning of without prejudice, which is an important legal concept and which almost certainly appears as prominent wording on the front page of a proposed compromise agreement. In previous posts on compromise agreements, we explain how these agreements are commonly used to resolve issues between employers and [...]

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