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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - When it’s OK to monitor staff e-mail
    In some cases you might suspect that an employee who is leaving is helping themselves to your confidential business information. Does this give you the right to look through their work e-mail account and cloud storage?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Required to disclose pregnancy?
    In May 2019 the tribunal dealt with a case in which the employer argued that an employee should have disclosed the fact she was pregnant when it offered her the job role. Is this correct ?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Enhanced maternity pay isn’t discriminatory
    Enhanced maternity pay isn’t discriminatory..Earlier ruling. In May 2018 we reported on the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) ruling in Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali 2018 ( yr.20, iss.10, pg.3 , see The next step ). Capita paid its female employees enhanced rates of maternity pay. Ali argued that he should receive the same rate of enhanced pay during his two weeks’ ordinary paternity leave. The EAT disagreed and the case went to the Court of Appeal. Important ruling. It has now ruled that employers...
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Time off for close family bereavements
    An employee who has recently suffered a close family bereavement has told you that they will need to take some time off work. What types of leave are they entitled to and how much time off do you need to give them?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - £15,000 for employee who repeatedly made errors
    An employee who was sacked after she made repeated administrative errors due to a medical condition has been awarded over £15,000 by the tribunal. Where did the employer go wrong?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Grievances: should you interview everyone?
    An employee has raised a grievance about a colleague. In doing so, they’ve named all their colleagues as potential witnesses to their complaint. Should you interview everyone to find out what they know?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - A must-have flexible working policy
    Apparently, as many as 80% of smaller employers who permit flexible working have no formal flexible working policy in place. Why is this wrong and what should a policy include?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Workplace parties, alcohol and accidents
    An employee was seriously injured at a work party after a drunken attendee tried to lift her up. She claimed that the employer was liable for her injuries, but the High Court disagreed. Why was this?
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Q&A - recording minor incidents
    Q&A - recording minor incidents..Q. Our workplace is low risk with most injuries only requiring the issue of plasters. We’ve been told that we must still enter these incidents in our accident book. Is this right and, if so, why do we have to record something so minor? A. All workplace accidents should be recorded in your accident book, no matter how trivial they might seem - even a paper cut can become infected and result in sepsis. Where an employee is absent for seven days due to a workplace injury,...
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  • Tips & Advice Personnel - Q&A - the earliest date for maternity leave?
    Q&A - the earliest date for maternity leave?..Q. What is the earliest date an employee can commence her maternity leave, and can she choose the date on which it starts? A. The earliest date is the Sunday at the beginning of the eleventh week before her expected week of childbirth. She is free to choose the day her maternity leave will start, providing she gives you adequate notice. Maternity leave does not have to begin on any particular day of the week. The latest day it can begin is on the day after the...
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