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School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

Posted on 12th July 2018

Freelance teacher Paula Bradley (no relation) worked for the London School of English.  The school required all employees to be at work 15 minutes before class start time, which was typically 9.00am.  Ms Bradley was unable to make the 8.45am start time because she had to take her own child to school.

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Posted on 25th June 2018

That capricious thing the British Summer looks set to shine on us and send temperatures soaring in the coming days.  We often hear it said that there’s no better place to live and work than the UK when the weather is nice.  But, that doesn’t stop many of us asking – is it too hot for work? Or, Can we knock off early?  As a business owner, you may have the answers because you can decide how to proceed. 

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

As reported by the CIPD, the Government’s trial period for tribunal fee repayments has now ended, so individuals (employees and workers) and trades unions that have paid a fee can now apply online for reimbursement.

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

Posted on 14th December 2017

The widely expected increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims was confirmed today (14th December) by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) which announced they had increased by 66%.

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Posted on 26th July 2017

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful.
 
Tribunal fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of weak or malicious claims being brought.  Fees ranged from £390 to £1,200 with discrimination claims costing more because of the complexity and time that hearings took.

Here comes the snow again....

Here comes the snow again....

Posted on 8th November 2016

Once again, UK businesses are set to be disrupted by snow. So how do you manage the inevitable late arrivals, absence and transport delays.

Flood water affecting businesses

HR Implications for Flood Affected Businesses

Posted on 30th December 2015

As floods once again hit the north of England, business owners will be counting the cost of damage to property, as well as disruption to their business.

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

Posted on 4th February 2015

The recent case of Game Retail Limited V Laws was the first of its kind to make its way to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) when an employee was dismissed for his misuse of Twitter after posting a number of offensive tweets.  The following case demonstrates the importance of having an internet and social media policy in place and should be a much needed motivator for those who are yet to enforce one.