Employment law blog UK

Is suspending you from work fair?

October 25, 2012

If you’ve been suspended from work or think that you might be suspended from your workplace because of allegations made against you then this could be a stressful and confusing time for you. Being suspended from work often means that there are potentially serious allegations being made against you. This could result in disciplinary sanctions […]

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“I’ve been dismissed for failing to take a drugs test. Is this fair?”

October 24, 2012

If you’ve been dismissed for failing to take a drugs test then whether the dismissal is fair or not depends on a range of factors. This includes (among other things) whether a fair investigation was carried out, whether a fair disciplinary procedure was undertaken, and whether your employer’s decision to dismiss you fell within the […]

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Should and can you be sacked for failing a drugs test?

October 1, 2012

Failing a drugs test at work can have serious consequences for your job. Employers take issues such as this extremely seriously and will often take drastic action if you fail or refuse to take a blood test. This can even result in your dismissal if your employer deems it appropriate. If you’ve failed a drugs […]

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TUPE transfers and the issue of ‘an organised grouping of employees’

September 24, 2012

How important is the connection between a service provision change and ‘an organised grouping of employees‘ under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE)? Recent cases have highlighted the difficulty in interpreting the meaning of ‘an organised grouping of employees‘ under the regulations.  A service provision change is where a service provider […]

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Small businesses not worried about cost of sacking staff, putting them at odds with Vince Cable

September 14, 2012

The following is a guest post regarding the potential impact of new employment law proposals on small businesses in the UK. A new report of 1600* UK small businesses released today reveals that 60% say that they would rather hire a freelancer than a new member of staff as they are more flexible and bring […]

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Government again considering changes to unfair dismissal law

September 12, 2012

Reports surfaced in the Daily Telegraph this week that the Government is, post-reshuffle, considering making changes to employment law in the United Kingdom, ostensibly with the purpose of boosting lack-lustre economic growth. Peter Fallon has commented on the possibility of making it easier for employers to fire employees (and subsequently had his hand slapped by […]

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Annual Leave or Sick Leave? Adrian Barnes examines the new EU regulations

September 11, 2012

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Employees who fall sick during their annual leave have the right to re-take that annual leave a later date, irrespective of when they fell ill. The ECJ stated that “the purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy […]

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How the Government are encouraging compromise agreements

September 10, 2012

When employers decide to part with long-term employees, the fall-out can often be a cause of great stress and worry, while wasting a lot of time for both the business and the unfortunate employee. And although compromise agreements don’t completely alleviate all the negative connotations of a person leaving the workplace, they give a more […]

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