Can you proceed with a disciplinary if an employee is absent due to sickness?

How do you deal with a situation where an employee is absent due to sickness and cannot attend a disciplinary? In this episode of the podcast I answer a question from a listener about what to do when an employee says that they are not fit to attend a disciplinary hearing .   In this episode […]

What are an employers obligations with regards to time off for public duties?

What do employers need to be aware of when an employee wants to take time off for public duties and volunteering? In this episode of the podcast I answer a question from a listener about employers legal obligations when an employee requests time off to undertake public duties or volunteering.   In this episode I will […]

Gender equality in the workplace

A reflection on Gender Equality in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2019 In this episode of the podcast I reflect on some of the issues facing women in the workplace including the challenges and statistics of the number of women who are leading the way in FTSE companies.  In this episode I will […]

Is it discrimination to dismiss an unmarried employee who cohabits with their boyfriend if your religion and/or belief prohibit it?

A summary of the decision in the Employment Appeal Tribunal discrimination case of Gan Menachem Hendon Limited v De Groen In this episode of the podcast I cover the recent case of the Jewish nursery who dismissed an employee who refused to lie about cohabiting with her boyfriend. A case that follows the decision of […]

What do employers need to know about snow & travel disruption?

Snow and travel disruption at work Following the snow across much of the UK last week the issue of snow and disruption at work and the inevitable questions about employers obligations has arisen. So in this episode of the podcast I cover what you should do if employees cannot attend at work because of snow.   […]

Managing Sickness Absence 4: Frequently Asked Questions

Dealing with sickness absence in the workplace This episode of the podcast is the fourth and final part of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and in this episode I cover some frequently asked questions and listener questions.  In this episode I will cover answers to the following questions: What if an […]

Managing Sickness Absence 3: How to manage long-term absences

How do you manage staff who are absent long-term? This episode of the podcast is the third part of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and in this episode I cover what you can do to manage staff who are absent long-term due to sickness or injury, including the stages you need […]

Managing Sickness Absence 2: Dealing with short-term absences

How do you deal with persistent short-term absences? This episode of the podcast is the second part of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and in this episode I cover the tricky issue of how to effectively address short-term absences and the stages you need to go through if the absence levels […]

Managing Sickness Absence 1: Simple steps to reduce absences

How can you start to reduce sickness absence in your business or organisation? This episode of the podcast it is the start of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and to start I cover some easy practical tips to reduce sickness absence which you can begin today.  In this episode I will […]

Can you start a disciplinary procedure for an issue that has already been dealt with? Can you bring up historic misconduct? – Episode 110

What are your options with disciplinary action & double jeopardy In this episode of the podcast I cover a listener question, which asks, how far back can you go with a disciplinary issue? and can you resurrect an issue that a previous manager dealt with informally but you now feel should have been dealt with […]

Supreme Court Decision in the ‘Gay Cake’ Case: Episode 109

A summary of the decision in the Supreme Court Discrimination case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Limited In this episode of the podcast I cover the high profile case which has become known as the ‘Gay Cake’ case, in which the Ashers Baking Company Limited refused to create and sell a cake to Mr […]

Wrongful Dismissal: Episode 108

A guide to Wrongful Dismissal: What is it and when is it applicable? Following a suggestion by a podcast listener in this episode of the podcast I cover an overview of Wrongful Dismissal and summarise the information you need to know as an employer, business owner or HR professional.  In this episode I will cover: […]

Time Limits in the Employment Tribunal: Episode 107

When is it not ‘reasonably practicable’ for a claim to be submitted in time? In this episode of the podcast I review an interesting case decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal about time limits and the provision of section 111 of the Employment Rights Act which allows claims to be submitted out of time when […]

An overview of Health & Safety rights & protections at work: Episode 106

Health & Safety at Work: An Overview In this episode of the podcast I deal with a suggested topic from a podcast listener who emailed and said: “Really enjoy listening to your podcasts. Could I ask that you consider health and safety at work, workplace danger and Section 44 of the ERA 1996 as a future […]

What can you do if you find out an employee has a criminal conviction? Episode 105

What can you do about undeclared convictions of existing employees? In this episode of the podcast I answer a question from a podcast listener with regards to criminal convictions and what you can do if you find an employee has a conviction you did not know about, which, whilst it does not impact on their […]

When does sleeping time count for the National Minimum Wage? Episode 104

Do you have to pay the National Minimum Wage for time an employee is sleeping? In this episode of the podcast I cover the high profile case of Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake within which the Court of Appeal decided the question of whether employers have to pay the National Minimum Wage for every hour the employee […]

A focus on Unfair Dismissal decisions: Episode 103

Unfair Dismissal Cases from the Employment Tribunal In this episode of the podcast I have reviewed a couple of employment tribunal decisions which have been published on the government website. It is a great way to get an understanding of what the Tribunals around the country will consider when looking at a claim for unfair […]

Pimlico Plumbers Case – Supreme Court Case: Episode 102

What is the difference between a ‘Worker’ and a ‘Self-Employed’ person? In this episode of the podcast I cover the recent high profile case against Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court. This is just one of many cases making the way through the Tribunal and Court system concerning the new ‘gig’ economy workers and establishing […]

Unfair Dismissal Case, Employment Tribunal Delays & Sickness in Pregnancy: Episode 101

Can an employer fairly dismiss an employee for serious misconduct without any warnings? In this episode of the podcast I cover a couple of points including a recent Appeal Tribunal case about unfair dismissal, an update on delays in the Employment Tribunal and a question answered about pregnancy and sickness. In this episode I will cover: […]

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