Employment and HR Articles

Pension Rights for Civil Partners

As the law currently stands, employers and pension funds are permitted to exclude civil partners from spousal benefits under a pension scheme the rights to...

What Constitutes ‘Work Equipment’?

A case in the Scottish Court of Session (Coia v Portavadie Estates Limited) examined the question of what is and what is not work equipment...

Advice on Workplace Dress Codes

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers who wish to impose dress standards in the workplace. This emphasises that employers should...

Sleeping Time and the National Minimum Wage

Over the years, there have been several employment law cases dealing with the question of whether 'sleep-in' hours constitute 'time work' for the purposes of...

Employment Rights – Ministers of Religion

In President of the Methodist Conference v Preston, the Supreme Court ruled that a Methodist minister was not an employee of the Church and so...

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Employment and HR News

Dismissal When Final Written Warning ‘Manifestly Inappropriate’February 8, 2017

Workplace disciplinary processes often have a number of distinct phases, and legal errors in any one of them can be enough to infect the whole....

Whistleblowing Bus Driver Was Unfairly DismissedJanuary 24, 2017

A worker who 'blows the whistle' on wrongdoing in the workplace can claim unfair dismissal if he or she is dismissed for doing so. A...

Employers Must Be Proactive to Ensure Workers Get Proper BreaksJanuary 16, 2017

Except in certain circumstances, an adult worker whose daily working time is more than six hours is entitled to a 20-minute uninterrupted rest break as...

Diabetic Salesman Put Under Too Much Pressure to Meet TargetsDecember 30, 2016

A diabetic telephone salesman who was put under intense pressure to meet targets – and was eventually sacked for failing to do so – has...

Shared Parental Pay – Father Wins Sex Discrimination ClaimDecember 14, 2016

The introduction of the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 has given eligible parents more flexibility as to how leave can be taken after the birth...

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