December 2016

A ground-breaking employment tribunal ruling made on 29 September 2016 may mean that employers will have to make better arrangements for female staff who are breastfeeding. Although decisions of an employment tribunal don’t have a binding effect on future tribunals, they can be persuasive and...

Any communication which contains a problem or a complaint which an employee raises with their employer should potentially be treated as a grievance. The employer should always ask the employee directly if there is any doubt. Before April 6 2009 employers were required to follow the...

Sick pay is a notoriously tricky one to get right. Schemes in the public sector have had some generous offerings, such as 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay including pay for the first 3 ‘waiting days’. But as you can expect, with...

The Acas Code of Practice is very clear on the correct disciplinary procedures but employers are often liable for an award increase of up to 25% for their failure to follow it. So where do employers commonly go wrong? Here are 10 of the most...

There’s often some uncertainty over what this elusive document is and means, so we thought it worth laying out the nuts and bolts. Known as a Compromise Agreement before July 2013, the Settlement Agreement is a legally binding agreement between an employer and an employee....

On the 24th June, the UK voted to leave the EU causing chaos in the markets and the value of the pound to fall. Since then there has been a change in Prime Minister and a very hefty Cabinet reshuffle. While it is not yet...