Equality Act 2010: Employers’ Guide

The Equality Act 2010 establishes and governs employee rights and employer responsibilities in relation to protecting people from discrimination in the workplace, among other areas. It is essential that employers, and those responsible for managing the workforce, fully understand the provisions under the Act and the potential consequences of failing to comply. The following guide […]

Written Warning (Disciplinary Guide)

An employer can give a written warning to an employee where they have breached the organisation’s disciplinary code, or their work or conduct has fallen short of what is expected. Employers, however, have to ensure they follow a fair and lawful disciplinary process to avoid the risk of tribunal claims. This guide offers employers further […]

Employment Case Law Update April 2023

Read on for our monthly digest for employers on upcoming employment law changes and key employment cases that have recently been decided.   Tribunal procedure Ebury Partners UK Ltd v Acton Davis The claimant brought claims to the Employment Tribunal for wrongful and constructive termination. The Tribunal found against the claimant, and the claimant did […]

How Much Is Ill Health Severance Pay?

Ill health severance pay

It’s a common misconception that dismissal due to ill health is automatically unfair or always unlawful. An employee can be both fairly and lawfully dismissed, as long as the employer has a valid reason, has made any reasonable adjustments where applicable, and has followed a fair procedure. Handling the process incorrectly, however, and getting entitlements […]

Unpaid Leave: Guide for Employers

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Unpaid leave is where an employee takes time off from their job without pay. In some situations, as in the case of time off to care for a dependent in an emergency, you must grant the time off, although you can decide whether it is paid or unpaid. In other situations, such as a request […]

Positive Action in the Workplace

Positive action

Employers are under a legal duty not to discriminate against prospective or existing employees, either negatively or positively. However, that is not to say employers cannot take ‘positive action’ to assist certain groups of people that are potentially at a disadvantage or under-represented within their workforce. In this article we examine what amounts to taking […]

Holiday Pay on Termination of Employment

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of Employment

Holiday pay on termination of employment will be one of the elements when calculating an employee’s final salary. The following guide for employers sets out the rules on holiday pay when an employee leaves your organisation, helping to minimise the possibility of any errors or complaints.   What are the rules on holiday pay on […]

Benefits of Zero Hour Contracts

A zero-hours contract is an agreement between an employer and an individual where the employer does not guarantee to provide a set number of working hours and only pays for the work actually undertaken. In practice, this means the employer does not have to give the individual work, and they are not obliged to accept […]

COT3 Agreement (Settlement FAQs)

cot3 agreement

A COT3 agreement sets out the terms of a settlement agreement between an employer and employee. The COT3 forms part of the ACAS early conciliation process, intended to help resolve employment claims coming before the employment tribunal. The following article sets out guidance on COT3 agreements, including whether they are enforceable.   What is a […]

ACAS Early Conciliation Form Guide

If a workplace dispute with your employer has escalated and you are considering making a tribunal claim, there are steps you will need to follow before you get to the Employment Tribunal. ACAS rules require a potential claimant to go through the Early Conciliation process before a tribunal claim can be issued. ACAS early conciliation […]