Linking Perceived Inappropriate Workplace Relationships & Discipline Policy

Scenario A husband and wife, Army Sergeant and civilian respectively, break up after 18 years of marriage. This is due to the husband having a workplace fling with a female Private, both working in an operational unit. One week after splitting up the wife makes a complaint to her husband’s line manager. Should anyone be… Read More

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Zero Hours Workers, Mental Health & Discrimination

A worker on a zero hours contract has received £19,500 compensation after winning a claim for sexual harassment. Hotel worker Ms Southern claimed she had been sexually harassed for a long period by her bar manager, but delayed raising a grievance because she was worried her shift hours might be dropped. The tribunal ruled that… Read More

Beware of Attendance Bonuses tied to Sickness Absence!

A tribunal case has found that a bonus scheme linked to attendance was discriminatory. In the case of Land Registry v Houghton, the employer operated a discretionary bonus scheme where any employee who received a formal warning for sickness absence would not be able to receive it. However, a number of employees were disabled, meaning… Read More

Dismissal: The Law of Unintended Consequences

Will doubling the qualifying period for unfair dismissal bring in further traps for unwary employers? It is nearly a year since the Government increased the qualifying period for bringing an unfair dismissal claim from one to two years. But has the change helped employers, or is there now a greater risk of making mistakes? Established… Read More