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Emma Watson supports sexual harassment at work legal advice line

Emma Watson supports sexual harassment at work legal advice line

Posted on 13th August 2019

Harry Potter star Emma Watson this week announced the launch a free legal helpline for women suffering sexual harassment at work. This serves as a timely reminder to employers to take any complaints of bullying and harassment seriously.  

17k unfair dismissal award following complete failure of investigation

17k unfair dismissal award following complete failure of investigation

Posted on 2nd July 2019

Complete failure at investigation stage leads to unfair dismissal award

An employment tribunal has recently made an award of £17,339 for unfair dismissal to a supervisor who sent “I’m going to tickle you till you pee” message to 17 year old female colleague.

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

Posted on 5th April 2019

No one wants an employment issue to escalate into a dispute that leads to a tribunal claim.  They are often a result of a catastrophic break down in trust, communication and understanding between employer and employee – and they are very stressful for all concerned.

Avoiding an HR hangover after the Christmas party

Avoiding an HR hangover after the Christmas party

Posted on 4th December 2018

Most staff look forward to the office party all year and why not!! 

The tradition of the “Christmas party” is a chance for you to thank your staff for all their hard work and efforts during the year.  However, with spirits running high, you may find yourselves managing Christmas Party HR issues, well into the New Year.

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

Posted on 22nd August 2018

Having worked for her employer for 20 years, Mrs Smith was dismissed for gross misconduct after sending a series of emails to a trading partner company in which she referred to a colleague as a “knob” and a “knob head”. 

Workers unfairly dismissed for using company vehicles for private purposes

Workers unfairly dismissed for using company vehicles for private purposes

Posted on 15th August 2018

Fortem Solutions provide property repairs for Birmingham City Council, their repairmen were provided with vans to support their work.  The company’s vehicle and driver policy stated that vans were only provided for work duties and must not “under any circumstances be used for private purposes other than for ordinary commuting. Unauthorised use of a company vehicle is deemed to be gross misconduct and may result in dismissal.”