Can an Employer Withhold Pay?

Employers are only permitted to deduct or withhold pay in certain circumstances. To ensure you are acting lawfully and not exposing the organisation to legal claims, it is important to understand the rules and legal risks of making change to someone’s pay.   Can an employer withhold pay? The fundamental terms of any contract of […]

Can an Employer Refuse Early Conciliation?

Where a workplace dispute cannot be resolved internally, an employee may lodge a complaint before the employment tribunal. However, the parties will first be given the opportunity to engage in what is known as ACAS early conciliation. The question is: can an employer refuse early conciliation, or is this a process that they are required […]

Employment Case Law Update June 2022

Read on for our monthly digest for employers on upcoming employment law changes and key employment cases that have recently been decided.   Long COVID & disability discrimination Burke v Turning Point Scotland Mr Burke began working as a caretaker for Turning Point Scotland in April 2001. In November 2020, he contracted coronavirus and took […]

Long COVID Sickness Absence Guide

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For a growing number of people, coronavirus continues to cause a range of symptoms that last for several weeks or even months post-infection, leading to a diagnosis of long COVID. The symptoms can be so debilitating that it impacts their ability to work, resulting in long term sickness absence. The following guide for employers provides […]

What is Wrongful Dismissal? Guide for Employers

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 […]

Provision Criterion or Practice

The phrase ‘Provision Criterion or Practice’ (PCP) relates to indirect discrimination. For employers, it is vital to understand what this term means to help avoid falling foul of the law. In this guide, we explain what Provision Criterion or Practice means, what the law says about PCP and we share best practice for employers to […]

Grievance Against Me as a Manager

It is not uncommon for staff to raise a grievance about their managers, in some cases without just cause, although the employer will still be duty bound to fully investigate any formal complaint. It is therefore important for managers to know their own employment rights in these circumstances, not only to help minimise the potential […]

Modern Slavery Act Guide for Employers

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 sets out the UK Government’s legal requirements for how organisations must address and report on modern slavery. The Act aims to make modern slavery more difficult by requiring larger businesses to disclose the actions taken during each financial year, to ensure modern slavery is not a part of their business […]

Long Term Sick Pay Rules

As an employer, it’s essential you understand how to manage absence so as to support your workforce, whilst also minimising the impact on your business. In this guide, we explain the rules on long term sickness pay, and consider how to deal with long term sick leave.   Types of sick pay The two main types […]

Using CCTV as Evidence at a Disciplinary

Some employers may be surprised to discover that video footage captured by CCTV can constitute personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that there are certain rules that must be followed when processing this data, especially in the context of using this footage as evidence of an employee’s misconduct. The following […]