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Mental Health Awareness and Employment – STRESS

Mental Health Awareness week was from the 14th to 20th May and focussed on Stress. It therefore seems relevant to discuss Stress from the employers point of view and how this ties into the definition of a disability and discrimination. Firstly when it comes to employment, the term disabled or defining someone as disabled isn’t […]

Workers’ Rights, but who is a Worker?

In today’s modern workplace, where organisational boundaries are fluid and using a wide variety of labour is the norm, the status of our ‘workers’ is coming under greater scrutiny. What do we mean by ‘status’ and why is this important? In a straightforward example, where an employee works for an employer under a contract of […]

To Suspend or Not To Suspend

Most companies will have a section in their handbook that explains the company’s right to suspend an employee when carrying out an investigation into alleged misconduct. However, the recent case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth shows why it is important to think carefully before issuing a suspension, whatever the allegation. Ms Agoreyo, a […]

Kidnap and Ransom – A dangerous world

Kidnap and Ransom cover is designed to protect individuals and corporations operating in high-risk areas around the world. Locations most often susceptible to Kidnap and Ransom incidents include Mexico, Venezuela, Haiti, Nigeria, Somalia, Brazil, India and Central Asia (Afghanistan and Iraq). In practice, generally speaking, a crisis management helpline is also provided by the insurer […]

What are the risks to be aware of when responding to a reference request?

Providing a reference has become a bit of a risky business. Most references are provided in good faith, but sometimes it has been known for an employer to provide a glowing, exaggerated or misleading reference to help a friend, ex-colleague or even to encourage a difficult employee to leave. If you provide a glowing reference […]

Are employees still entitled to holiday pay when sick and should this leave be carried forward?

This is a question which seems to cause some confusion between employers and employees alike. In the recent case of Plumb v Duncan Print Group Limited the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) were asked to consider just that. Mr Plumb took four years’ sick leave following an accident at work. Upon dismissal, he sought payment for […]

What is the role of a companion in a disciplinary and grievance meeting?

We often find that when it comes to disciplinary and grievance procedures, employers are unclear about the role of a companion at the meeting. All workers have a right to be accompanied by a trade union representative or work colleague of their choice. Failure to allow the employee to bring a companion may lead to […]

Falling on deaf ears

If we had entitled this “Noise Induced Hearing Loss” or “Industrial Disease Claims” then you would have switched off by now but if you’re involved in any kind of manufacturing then it’s definitely worth reading on. If you haven’t seen a claim for noise induced hearing loss or industrial deafness as it is also known, […]