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No more employment law?

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Now that would be a thought.  This is not quite what Vince Cable the Business Secretary has proposed but what he has suggested is a three year moratorium on all new domestic regulation for businesses with fewer than 10 staff. Mr. Cable is proposing to abolish the promised extension of flexible working rights affecting thousands of parents and families from April and will chair the "Reducing Regulation Committee" which will look at other ways to do away with...

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Is there a right to privacy?

Meredith Hurst Friday, March 4, 2011

The expectation of privacy in the workplace is often misunderstood. Generally speaking employees should have no such expectation when using work computers. In the case ofGosden v Lifeline Project Limitedpublished this week however, the Employment Appeal Tribunal went a step further in establishing that dismissal of an employee for sending an offensive e-mail from a home computer to a colleague's home computer, was fair.  No privacy attached to the e-mail since it was a chain e-mail asking...

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All aboard

Meredith Hurst Friday, February 25, 2011

Despite advances in equality and diversity over the last 30 years, women are still under-represented at board level, a new report by Lord Davies suggests. In its report, the government has revealed the disparity between male and female decision makers and explores the reasons why such inequality should exist at the highest level. The report is based upon hard statistics as draws upon case studies from around the world.  It also seeks to bolster female equality by emphasising...

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Time to train?

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A right for employees to request time off work to undertake study or training has applied to employers with 250 or more employees since 6 April 2010. This right was due to be extended to all employees, regardless of the size of their employers from 6 April 2011. However, following consultation, the government has decided to delay the extension of the right so that it can scrutinise the potential impact on smaller employers. Despite the delay, the word from the Government is positive. Further...

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Crime does pay

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In what some might call a cruel twist of fate, an employer found he was on the wrong end of an award of compensation of £5,000 plus £8,000 costs when his employee took him to court for psychological injury, despite the fact that the employee admitted to stealing £845 from him. In an incident redolent of the medieval stocks on the village green, the employer Mr C marched Mr G through the streets of Witham, Essex, whilst forcing him to wear a cardboard sign that read: "Thief. I stole £845. I'm...

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