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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. 

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Posted on 14th June 2018

Would your policies and procedures stand up to scrutiny if a worker turned up incapable due to drink or drugs?

Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

Posted on 29th March 2018

We love the varied nature of our job because every day is different and every situation is unique because it will refer to a particular business.  Even situations that look similar on paper will be different in practice because our guidance will help business owners manage in the way they want to and not in prescriptive, one size fits all manner.

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.

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 2018

January is one of the busiest months for people booking holidays – our TV screens are full of adverts tempting us to do so!  It’s also the time that managers start receiving holiday requests from their staff which can be a challenging time.

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%.

De-coding the Dress Code

De-coding the Dress Code

Posted on 7th February 2017

Company dress codes were in the news again last week after two commons committees called for a review of equality legislation.  Many examples of company rules around dress and appearance showed that women were being singled out and potentially sexualised by being asked to wear high heels, revealing clothing or make up. 

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.