New ACAS guidance on cyber bullying

We live in an increasingly online world, where virtually every aspect of our lives, from shopping to running our central heating seems to be affected by the internet. This is particularly true in the way that we socialise; it’s rare to find someone who isn’t in some way a user of social media, particularly amongst […]

Payment for travelling to work

Regular readers will recall that two years ago, in a case known as Tyco, the European Court of Justice ruled that workers who drive around for a living and don’t have a fixed base should count the time spent travelling to their first job and the time travelling home from their last job as working […]

Improvement and Prohibition Notices

  The HSE has many significant powers that it can use to ensure workplace safety. Two of its main weapons against danger in the workplace are the improvement and prohibition notices. Failure to comply with these can lead to legal action and very large fines indeed. Case study: Company and general manager fined after safety […]

Harassment and Victimisation

  Harassment and victimisation are two very unpleasant aspects of some workplaces; for the victims, life can become so intolerable that they end up leaving their job. It’s not just morally unacceptable but makes bad business sense as well. Results of unchecked harassment can lead to: a reduction in staff morale and damage to employee […]

“Some other substantial reason”

Under Section 94 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee has the right not to be unfairly dismissed. If an employer wants to dismiss an employee with the necessary length of service to enjoy protection under the Act, the employer needs to be able to show that they had a good reason to take […]