Workplace Relationships – Should they be permitted?

The recent high-profile departure of Steve Easterbrook, the Chief Executive of the fast food chain McDonalds, has sparked debate on whether employers can take action where colleagues have relationships with one another. The attitude towards workplace relationships have somewhat changed over recent years given everyone is entitled to a private life and the same can,…

Equal Opportunities – The benefits for an employer in getting it right

A recent Employment Tribunal decision has found in favour of two Claimants in their discrimination claims against both their employer, Capita, and their Line Manager. Interestingly, Capita was cleared of all liability relating to the Line Manager’s racial comments and harassment but the Line Manager himself was found personally liable and ordered to pay both…

Thomas Cook – Are they ‘off the hook’ to their employees?

This morning saw the demise of yet another iconic British tour operator and airline; Thomas Cook. Thomas Cook has ceased trading with immediate effect and with the loss of 22,000 jobs; 9,000 of which are based in the UK. Those employees made redundant as a result may be entitled to unpaid wages, statutory holiday and…

Need to suspend an Employee? Our Top Tips!

As a general rule, some employers will suspend employees when they are suspected of committing gross misconduct. However, employers should be cautious about suspending as a matter of course. Is it a neutral act? Whilst it is commonly cited that suspension is a neutral act, and your suspension letter will likely state this, suspension is…

Providing Employee References

Two questions asked by employers alike are: Do I have to provide an ex-employee with a reference? If I provide a reference, what can I say in it? Employers should carefully consider whether to provide a reference and what to include within the same. This is because an employer owes the ex-employee a duty to…

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