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Category Archives: Policies & procedures

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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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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Workplace bullying – why employers need to take it seriously

Employment law is a highly political area of law and it is perhaps for that reason that bullying, as a type of claim, does not have it’s own status in employment law. This is probably because, surveys indicate that over 20% of employees believe, at one point or another, that they are being bullied. If [...]

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Retirement age – what’s the position in employment law ?

Until recently, the stance under English law in relation to retirement was that after a certain age, employers could force employees out of a job and into ‘retirement’. This stance is slowly changing, with a default retirement age no longer being the norm. The default retirement age was previously 65 years old. The new law [...]

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Redundancy – consultation and the different types required

When an employer is considering making members of staff redundant, whether it’s just a single employee or a hundred or more employees, there is a legal obligation to follow the correct redundancy consultation process and failure to do so will automatically make any redundancies unfair. Individual redundancies If the employer intends to make between 1-19 [...]

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Rolled up holiday pay

Rolled up holiday pay is the pay that an employee receives which consists of their normal wages, but includes the employee’s ‘holiday pay’ for untaken holidays. This holiday pay was set by the Working Times Regulations in 1998, guaranteeing employees four weeks paid holiday per year. The legality of rolled up holiday pay has been [...]

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Vicarious liability – advice for employers

Vicarious liability is a form of secondary liability that arises under the law of agency when a person or entity is responsible for the acts of their subordinates, or any third party, that they control as a form of liability for their behaviour. It is an accepted and established legal principle that there are situations [...]

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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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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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Lone workers

Technological developments and ease of electronic communication have greatly contributed to modernised business models. Many modern successful ventures are run by multiple people working from their own homes. People performing their duties alone or working from home are known as lone workers. Vast majority of self-employed are lone workers. Not many of the lone workers [...]

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