Dress codes in the workplace – what’s the position?

As workplace culture has become more relaxed over the years, with the introduction of flexible working, more hot desking, working from home, dress down Fridays all becoming more common place, you might be forgiven for thinking that what you wore to work was no longer a matter of any concern. However, a cursory glance through […]

Employment Tribunal Reform – Considering the Government Response

In February, the Government delivered its response to the consultation on Employment Tribunal Reform that was published in December 2016 looking at 4 areas – Modernising the handling of employment tribunal claims Delegation of judicial functions to caseworkers Tailoring the panel to the needs of the case Proposed approach to implementing reform in the Employment […]

Drink and Drugs Abound on Social Media in the UK – and it Could Cost You a Job

In this digital age, social media is one of the most prevalent ways of communicating and socialising. Whilst it can be fantastic for bringing people together and sharing thoughts and memories, it also has the potential to cause problems – and it could be costing people jobs. In a survey of over 2000 UK workers […]

Management of disability related absence

In the case of Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Court of Appeal looked at the question of whether it is a reasonable adjustment to discount disability related absence in an absence management procedure. Previous case law had suggested that it might not be necessary to discount such absence. In this […]

Age discrimination – long serving teacher

Long serving teacher constructively dismissed but not discriminated against on the grounds of age In the case ofBethnal Green and Shoreditch Educational Trust v Dippenaar, EAT (0064/15), a teacher who was managed at her job was able to establish that she was constructively and unfairly dismissed. The teacher in question was given poor assessments after […]

Is the drop in tribunal claims here to stay?

Is the drop in tribunal claims here to stay? Figures have been released for claims in the Employment Tribunal for the last quarter of 2015. The numbers provide a useful comparison with previous years and give an idea of what the trends are. Single claims in the tribunal give the most accurate picture of the […]

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case

In the case of Miss Kumulchew v Starbucks Coffee Company Limited, our client, Meseret Kumulchew, won a claim for disability discrimination against her employer Starbucks after she was wrongly accused of falsifying documents. Miss Kumulchew has dyslexia and the tribunal found that Starbucks had failed to make reasonable adjustments for her needs, and appeared to […]

Join us for our ‘inappropriate behaviour at work’ event 3 February 2016

Thomas Mansfield’s survey on offence in the workplace highlights some of the comments that workers are exposed to – comments like “You can’t contribute. You’re only 20!” Inappropriate or offensive behaviour in your teams can drastically affect morale and performance…and more seriously may lead to claims of bullying and harassment. But help is at hand… […]

What’s on the horizon

Now that the ‘silly season’ is a distant memory and any unnecessary spillages at the Christmas party mopped up, it is time to reflect on what has been an eventful year in the world of employment law. We continue to grapple with holiday pay claims.We are awaiting the Employment Appeal Tribunal decisionin Lock v British […]