Author Archives: Kathy Lockwood

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 […]

With the clocks going back could it mean employees work an extra hour?

Working Time: What you need to know when the clocks change The clocks are due to go back an hour on Sunday October 27th, meaning an extra hour in bed for lots of us. But what does this mean for staff working a night shift? Could this mean an extra hour of work, sometimes without […]

New Acas Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace

To coincide with World Menopause Day on 18 October 2019,  Acas published new guidance for employers and managers to help support staff affected by symptoms of menopause at work. Acas reports that over 2 million women over 50 experience difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms and that 1 in 20 women are estimated to […]

What’s new in the world of Employment Law And HR – September /October 2019

An update for Employers & HR professionals Here’s a round-up of some recent legal developments plus a few interesting news stories: There was some good news for…. Clowns – who may have found a new line of work (in New Zealand at least).   Although more likely to be seen at a child’s birthday party than […]

Are the Champions of England champions of Equality?

Social Media and Discrimination Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over a tweet he sent to team-mate Benjamin Mendy. Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal. The Portugal player, 25, is alleged to have committed […]

What do you need to know about discrimination as an employer?

Discrimination: The Basics The law regarding discrimination and protection for employees can seem complicated and at times it can be difficult to understand (which is why we always recommend you get help from an expert 😉). I have however tried to condense this article into the key points that employers need to understand. 1. Be […]

HR Planning for an uncertain future

Practical steps to consider in readiness for Brexit – whatever the outcome! No-one really knows what is going to happen with Brexit, deal or no deal? Extension or no extension? Whatever happens you can of course only really influence those things within your control and therefore to help you make a start on planning I […]

Was a male employee subjected to unlawful harassment when a female manager massaged his shoulders?

Not according to the facts of this case, was the – somewhat surprising – finding of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Raj v Capita Business Services Limited & Ms Ward. The Law The law relating to unlawful harassment in the workplace is set out in the Equality Act 2010.   The Equality […]

Should You Let Employees Watch the Rugby World Cup?

As another major sporting event takes place, what are the things you should be considering as an employer? The men’s Rugby World Cup kicked off on the 20th September 2019 in Japan and marks the start of a mammoth competition where for once, the home nations are among the favourites. This is one of the […]

Is the use of an Electronic Signature legally compliant?

Electronic Signatures For Legal Documents The Law Commission have confirmed that documents signed electronically, even when a statutory requirement for a signature predates our digital age, have legal force. This is an extremely helpful attempt to clear up lingering doubts over the issue. In the final report of a government-commissioned study, some 124 pages long, the commission […]

Is it enough for an employee to hold a reasonable belief that a disclosure is in the public interest (even if it may not be) in order to have protection under whistleblowing legislation?

Whistleblowing Disclosures Yes, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Okwu v Rise Community Action. The Law Under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“the ERA”), an employee is unfairly dismissed if the reason or principal reason for the dismissal is that they made a protected disclosure (s103A of the ERA). Dismissal […]

Enforcement action when a business fails to comply with a Subject Access Request

GDPR & Data Protection Rights In the latest episode of the podcast I covered the basics of what an employer needs to consider when dealing with Subject Access Request from employees under Data Protection legislation. Coincidentally in the latest newsletter update from the Information Commissioners Office (ico) details have been provided of a recent enforcement […]

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