Wrongful Dismissal (Employer Guidance)

Legal issues surrounding the dismissal of an employee can quickly become costly and difficult to resolve. Wrongful dismissal claims present a specific set of challenges but are often confused with unfair dismissal. It’s important for employers to understand the distinction between these two types of dismissal, and what this means for avoiding and handling wrongful […]

Part Time Hours & Workers’ Rights (HR Guide)

part time hours

Understanding what counts as part time hours is important in determining the rights and entitlements of your part time workers. Below we look at what is classed as part time hours and how – save except in limited circumstances – the law protects these workers from less favourable treatment than full time workers by reason […]

Employment Case Law Update June 2020

A number of key employment law cases of significance for employers have recently been decided.   Unfair dismissal in redundancy Gwynedd Council v Barratt A London Employment Tribunal has ruled in favour of an NHS trust employer in the case of Camara v East London NHS Foundation Trust. A claim for unfair dismissal was brought […]

Redundancy Bumping & Fair Dismissal

redundancy bumping

When dealing with redundancies, employers have to meet specific requirements to ensure the fair and lawful dismissal of employees. This includes having a genuine reason for any redundancy and following the correct redundancy procedure. Redundancy bumping is a specific and complex aspect of the redundancy process, which employers should give full consideration to when making […]

Employee refusing to return from furlough

refusing to return to work from furlough

With the recent relaxation of the lockdown rules, an increasing number of businesses are beginning to re-open in the UK, meaning that for employees who have been furloughed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, their temporary leave of absence will soon be coming to an end. As employers respond to changes to the furlough […]

What Are Fair Redundancy Selection Criteria?

redundancy selection criteria

The role of redundancy selection criteria is absolutely crucial in ensuring that any redundancy process is fair and lawful. The following guide focuses on how to choose and apply the most appropriate redundancy criteria for your company or organisation, including the risks for employers of getting this wrong.   Identifying your pool for selection If […]

Continuous Employment (Employer Guidance)

continuous employment

The continuous employment rules can play a crucial role in determining the employment entitlements of your workforce. It is therefore important to understand how these rules work and how they can potentially impact your decision-making when dealing with an employee’s workplace rights and terminating a contract of employment.   What is continuous employment? Continuous employment […]

Flexible Furlough Scheme (How Does It Work?)

flexible furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is changing from 1 July 2020. Under the new rules, flexible furlough is permitted, allowing employers to bring employees who have previously been furloughed back into work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while they remain on furlough for hours not worked. Changes also take effect impacting […]

Short Time Working (Employer Guidance)

short time working

In response to the challenges presented by the pandemic, many businesses are being forced to reconsider their workforce needs and options. Full-time, permanent contracts may, in the current circumstances at least, no longer provide the level of flexibility employers need at this time to ensure their company’s survival. Alternative solutions when engaging workers could include […]

Conducting Remote Disciplinary & Grievance Hearings

remote disciplinary & grievance hearings

With the continued requirement to work from home where possible, many employers are considering the benefits of allowing home working on a longer term, and even permanent basis. With this shift in operations comes specific workforce management issues, such as the need to conduct remote disciplinary and grievance hearings. For employers, it is a matter […]