Can a vegetarian claim discrimination under the Equality Act 2010?

In this episode of the podcast I cover a recent case decided by the Norwich Employment Tribunal as to whether a vegetarian employee could claim protection from discrimination on the grounds of vegetarianism. In this episode I will cover: A background to the law. How the employment tribunal determine a ‘philosophical belief’. Why it is […]

Bonus Episode: Interview with Alison Colley

In this bonus episode of the podcast I bring you the audio from a recent interview on the YouTube channel for a business based locally to me on the Isle of Wight. I was very pleased to have been invited onto the Business & Technology Show from MyCRM and I hope you find it interesting! […]

Documenting harassment and discrimination

In this episode of the podcast I interview Dr Julia Shaw about Spot, which she has co-founded to help employers and employees with harassment and discrimination recording and reporting. About Dr Julia Shaw In 2017 Dr Julia Shaw co-founded the memory science and artificial intelligence start-up Spot. Spot helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination, […]

Having Difficult Conversations: Top Tips

In this episode of the podcast I discuss the importance of managing difficult or contentious conversations successfully. In this episode I will cover: What difficult conversations are. Why we avoid having them. The dangers of avoiding these conversations. My top tips on how to carry out these conversations successfully. Action Points It should not be […]

The importance of nutrition and well-being at work

In this episode of the podcast I interview Kate Cook, a corporate nutrition coach and we discuss how nutrition and well-being are important in the workplace and for employee happiness and business success. About Kate Cook The Business of Wellness – inspiring healthier lifestyles for better business. Kate Cook gives talks and workshops to business […]

The Women and Equalities Committee: report on non-disclosure agreements.

Harassment and discrimination In this episode of the podcast I analyse the report commissioned by the Women and Equalities Committee  into whether the use of non-disclosure agreements in harassment and discrimination cases is unethical, and how they should be dealt with in the future. In this episode I will cover: The 12 recommendations discussed in […]

Is it harassment and discrimination to suspend someone due to a consequence of their disability?

Harassment and disability discrimination In this episode of the podcast I summarise the facts and law concerning a case involving a trainee teacher who was suspended due to the fact that he could not write for more than a couple of minutes. The employee, who had been diagnosed with dyspraxia, claimed disability discrimination, harassment and […]

What are the benefits of implementing flexible working in your business?

Flexible working – options, advantages, disadvantages and things to consider? In this episode of the podcast I give an overview of and my thoughts on implementing flexible working arrangements in your business. Whether for individual employees or as a wholesale change to the way you work, could this be the future for your business?  In […]

Will an employee’s refusal to accept an alternative role in a restructure situation mean that they forego a redundancy payment?

Restructure and redundancy: When do you have to pay redundancy pay if there is alternative employment available? In this episode of the podcast I cover a question from a listener which follows on nicely from the last episode when I answered a question about changing employee hours and redundancy. In this episode I tackle the […]

When does a change in an employee’s hours amount to a redundancy situation? How should you deal with employee conduct in group chats?

Redundancy and restructure & Why you should be concerned with staff group chats In this episode of the podcast I cover two topics that employers should be aware of; the first comes from a listener question about redundancy and changing terms of an employee’s contract and the second topic is inspired by the front page […]

When is on-call time ‘working’ time for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage?

If there is no requirement to undertake work, but merely to be available for work, would it be ‘working time’ for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage? In this episode of the podcast I cover a recent case decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal which deals with employees who are ‘on-call’ with varying requirements […]

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 […]

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