Author Archives: Kathy Lockwood

Coronavirus: Update for Employers

SSP what has actually changed so far? Changes to Statutory Sick Pay legislation (SSP) were published and came into force last week, however the only change was to the definition of when someone qualifies for SSP. The new temporary regulation states: “he is – (i) isolating himself from other people in such a manner as […]

Employment law news and developments

What do you need to know about (other than coronavirus!) With the corona virus pandemic very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds at present, here is a roundup of some employment law news and developments you may have missed: Government launches campaign to highlight workers’ rights to paid holiday   The campaign, launched on […]

Equality – a tick box exercise?

What do you think about Equality in the workplace, is it effective? According to recent reports, the Department for Work and Pensions has lost more employment tribunals for disability discrimination than any other employer in Britain since 2016. This week, the BBC series Panorama found that the DWP lost 17 of 134 claims of discrimination […]

Childless employees in the workplace: What should you consider?

Should employers be concerned or sensitive to this issue? I was recently asked a question about childlessness and childless staff, and whether employers needed to know or do anything further about the rights and responsibilities to those staff who do not have children. We hear so much about the rights of working families, but what […]

The importance of following up on information provided by new employees

Do you follow up on all of the information provided by new recruits when they start work? Do you have a process for checking forms and details? It is good practice when someone starts working for you to get details from them and no doubt you will have a new starter form or a set […]

Was it unfair to dismiss an employee charged with a serious criminal offence committed outside of work?

An interesting case that seems to arise fairly frequently for employers!  This was the question asked by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Lafferty v Nuffield Health, which judgment was published last week. What law applies in this kind of situation? In order for a dismissal to be fair an employer has to […]

Changes to Employment Law in April 2020

 What do employers need to know? On 6 April 2020, new employment laws will be coming into force which all employers need to know about. Most of these changes result from the government’s Good Work Plan, which was published in December 2018, and seek to improve the employment rights of casual workers and those working […]

The Coronavirus: What do employers need to do?

Key risks in a Pandemic or crisis The Coronavirus continues to cause widespread panic around the world while world leaders continue to disagree over the best treatment and the best way to halt the spread of the disease. So, what should businesses be doing to cope with this, and continue to trade and thrive in […]

Pregnancy, maternity and redundancy: Your questions answered

What do you need to know? In a recent case before the Southampton Employment Tribunal, beauty company, Liz Earle (based near our Head Office on the Isle of Wight), was found to have discriminated against a former employee because of her pregnancy.   The case against the well-known beauty brand was reported widely in the national […]

Bullying at Work: Sticks and Stones

TV show shines the light on the problem of workplace bullying While most of us were looking forward to the Christmas party, December 2019 saw the launch of controversial ITV show Sticks and Stones, which left viewers feeling uncomfortable, anxious and paranoid as they watched the TV series centred around workplace bullying unfold. Although we can […]

Employment law in the news: January 2020

A round-up of some of employment law cases that have been covered in the news recently. Ethical veganism protected by discrimination laws An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has held for the first time that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and therefore is protected under discrimination legislation. Regular readers of our fortnightly newsletters will know […]

Practical Christmas Party Guidance

What should you consider this festive season to prevent issues from arising? Ok, so it is that time of year again and the employment lawyers/HR people are all writing about the perils and pitfalls of Christmas Parties, but what’s the big deal you may ask? It’s only a bit of harmless fun, a time to […]

Professional footballer Richard Keogh appeal against dismissal rejected

Fairness of dismissal for gross misconduct: What do you think? Keogh’s contract was terminated last month for gross misconduct after he was involved in a car crash which saw his teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett convicted of drink driving. The hearing was held last week, and it is understood Keogh was informed of the […]

Christmas bonuses: Your legal questions answered

Employment law & the festive season The festive season is approaching and, as a change from providing guidance on office parties, we focus on another seasonal topic instead – which is that of Christmas bonuses. Christmas bonuses are a great way of rewarding staff and what better way to add to the festive cheer and […]

How to deal with personal relationships at work

Employee relationships We spend a great deal of time with our colleagues and sharing the highs and lows of working life means that we often form strong bonds with them. So, relationships are bound to develop, be they fleeting fancies, long-term dating, illicit affairs, or something that leads to wedding bells. However, in the wake of […]

Five myths about…..maternity leave and pay

Essential Information for Employers Most employers will know about the rights and protections afforded to women who are pregnant or on maternity leave.   However, there are still some areas which cause confusion or which are troubling.   Here we dispel some of the myths regarding pregnancy and maternity rights. 1. It is unlawful to make an […]

Climate change protests: How should employers respond to employees on strike?

The so-called ‘climate strike generation’, led by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, are urging everyone to join in with their protests about climate change. The school climate strikes she has inspired, saw 1.4 million young people walk out of lessons in March this year, while in September this year, a record 7.6 million people took to […]

5 Reasons why problems arise with staff

Essential information to prevent issues arising in the workplace. In the 15 years or so that I have been advising employers and employees about issues that have arisen at work I can normally work out when problems started to occur and in turn the core reason for the issue. I have therefore prepared a list […]

Whistleblowing Judges

Public Interest Disclosures and Protection from Detriment Last week, the Supreme Court heard the case of Gilham v Ministry of Justice which concerned whether a judge could be protected as a “worker” under whistleblowing legislation. The Law Whistleblowing legislation gives employees and workers special protection from being dismissed or suffering detrimental treatment because they have […]

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