New Sub-section: Restrictive Covenants

A new sub-section ‘Restrictive Covenants’ under the main page heading of ‘Human Resources’ has been added. This particular article will be looking at: What is a Restrictive Covenant; Types of Contracts using Restrictive Covenants; Free and Fair Competition; The Judicial Approach to Restrictive Covenants; Challenging Contractual Restrictions; The Consequences of an Unreasonable Contractual Restriction; Employment… Read More

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Mini HR Quiz: Know Your Employment Law

Can you answer these six scenarios correctly. Scenario 01: One of your employees is on long-term sick leave after an accident. She has had to cancel her two-week summer holiday, but thinks she can rebook it when she returns to work. Is she right? Yes, she can rebook it or carry the holiday over. Yes,… Read More

No Compensation for Liars!!!!

In the case of Ladrick Lemonious v Church Commissioners, the claimant was accused of sending emails in the names of other employees, two of which suggested colleagues had committed criminal offences. Lemonious denied the allegations. The employer believed Lemonious was lying and dismissed him for gross misconduct. He claimed unfair dismissal. An employment tribunal found… Read More

Obesity Can Mean Disability, Rules EAT

Physical and mental impairments, which may have been caused by obesity, could be considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd). The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) said the focus should no longer be on what caused a disability but on the impairment an employee suffers from. Obese individuals… Read More

Zero Hours Employment

Expect to hear more about zero hours contracts. The government says almost a quarter of companies with more than 100 employees are using them, a rate that has doubled in the past nine years. The contracts, which tie staff to employers but offer no guarantees of work, are increasingly prevalent in the health sector, retail,… Read More

Employment Contracts: TUPE, Changes & Dismissal

Three consultant child psychiatrists with child care responsibilities have won an unfair dismissal case against the NHS trust that took over their services from a previous provider and tried to make them do out of hours (OOH) on-call work. Victoria Laakkonen, Sarah Taylor and Mary Cole won their case in the Southampton employment tribunal in… Read More

Update: Employment Law in April

Some employment law updates that may interest or apply to you: The rate of statutory sick pay (SPP) increased on 6 April from £85.85 to £86.70; The rates of maternity allowance and statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), and statutory adoption pay (SAP) increased on 7 April from £135.45 to £136.78. The weekly… Read More