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Just office banter? Why it’s not always a joking matter

Employers should remember that office banter must never go too far – even though a tribunal has ruled that a sacked salesman, called a “fat ginger pikey” by his colleagues in an office where... Read full article

When the Christmas office party leads to a punch-up

Christmas party season is upon us. While there may be plenty of reasons to be jolly, a recent court ruling serves up a sobering reminder of how badly things can go wrong when excessive drinking comes... Read full article

Employer responsible for malicious data breaches

Supermarket chain Morrisons was recently held liable for the actions of an employee who deliberately caused a massive data breach – despite being able to show it had effective data protection... Read full article

The real price of the ‘gay cake’ case

The cake itself cost just £36.50 but the legal battle it sparked has racked up total legal fees of nearly £500,000 and done little to clarify a complex area of discrimination law. The row began... Read full article

Is it fair to fire a warning for disability-related absence?

Even an employer with a sensitive approach to disabled employees can be found guilty of unlawful discrimination if it thoughtlessly disciplines an employee for disability-related absence. In the case... Read full article

Whistleblowing – it’s a matter of fact

Whistle-blowers play an essential role in highlighting injustice and malpractice in the workplace. By bringing breaches of rules to light, they can help prevent accidents, scandals and even crimes.... Read full article

Menopause and the workplace – a hot topic

There’s been many a joke made about the menopause, but when it comes to the workplace, it really is no laughing matter. A recent study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Wales of almost 4,000... Read full article

Sexual harassment in the workplace – plans for reform

An action plan to tackle the ‘widespread and commonplace’ problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been put forward by a group of MPs who are critical of the current lack of protection... Read full article

Latest gig economy tribunal rules couriers are workers not self-employed

A group of Hermes couriers has scored a resounding victory in the ongoing battle between gig economy employers and those who work for them. In what is considered one of the most significant... Read full article

Latest ‘sleep-in’ ruling supports care providers

Employers in the care sector have been thrown a lifeline by the Court of Appeal’s latest ruling on sleepover shifts. In a case brought by Mencap and others, it was decided that staff sleeping in at... Read full article

Leaving your job – getting the right settlement agreement

A settlement agreement is a legally binding way to bring an employment relationship to an end, on agreed terms.  It’s a no-risk method of achieving a clean break and receiving compensation for... Read full article

Plumber wins workers’ right legal battle in Supreme Court

When is a worker a worker and when are they self-employed? It’s a question that has been often asked recently and now a Supreme Court ruling has shed some further light on this much disputed area... Read full article

“I’m a worker not self-employed” – another case upheld

The latest round in the long running and increasingly bitter legal battle between some gig economy employers and those who carry out work for them has once again been decided by the courts. The... Read full article

New tax rules affect settlement agreements

Pay in lieu of notice must always be taxed, in payments applying to employment terminations made on or after 6 April 2018. Under new tax rules, income tax and class 1 NICs must be paid on the basic... Read full article

What a difference a day makes – written notice of dismissal only valid once read

Employers who dismiss by post can be caught out – as a recent Supreme Court case, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood, clearly shows. Sandi Haywood, who had worked for an NHS... Read full article

Will the new gender pay gap rules mean more women taking their employers to court?

Organisations with 250 or more workers must now publish figures on the difference in pay between male and female members of staff. Will the results provide women with new evidence to support claims... Read full article

Sexual harassment in the workplace – what every employer should know

Sexual harassment scandals have been breaking in recent months like waves on a beach. From the casting couch syndrome in the entertainment industry to sleaze allegations against MPs, allegations have... Read full article

GDPR – be ready with Wards Solicitors’ data protection policy for staff

Sweeping new laws on personal data come into force on 25 May this year. Although the deadline is looming, there is worrying evidence that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being... Read full article

Gig economy workers may be entitled to years of back dated holiday pay

Companies that routinely use staff on self-employed contracts need to be aware of a landmark holiday pay ruling made by Europe’s highest court which could have huge implications in the UK. British... Read full article

Uber seeks right to appeal to Supreme Court over workers’ rights ruling

The taxi-hailing app firm, Uber, has, as expected, launched an appeal against a tribunal ruling that said its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed but has chosen to... Read full article
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