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Occupational Health: Are they always right when it comes to disability?

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Many employers rely upon the advice of occupational health before deciding whether to dismiss on the grounds of long-term ill-health. The Court of Appeal has decided that employers cannot rely blindly on the unreasoned views of occupational health advisors when it comes to knowledge of disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments.

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Out with the old...

Meredith Hurst Friday, January 17, 2014

2013 saw a raft of diverse changes to employment law. Here we sumarise a few of those changes and take a look ahead at what 2014 has in store.

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2013: A Year in Perspective

Meredith Hurst Thursday, January 16, 2014

2013 has been an interesting year for employment lawyers.  The Coalition government has introduced a raft of new legislation which has been welcome to some and less to others. Employment law tends to change with each success of government and not unlike fashion, trends that some people may have hoped would never reappear, come back.  We now of course have a two year continuous service threshold for claiming unfair dismissal.  The last time we saw this was in 1999. January 2013...

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Employment Appeal Tribunal Considers Wrongful Dismissal

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that a teacher employed by a community school was wrongfully dismissed when a local authority sent her a letter informing her of the decision of the board of governors of the school to terminate her employment. The letter arrived too late to give the teacher the period of notice required under her contract with the consequence that the teacher was entitled to a payment in respect of the full notice period under her contract (Birmingham City Council v...

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Managing Employee Sickness Absence

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Employee sickness absence is something which nearly every employer, no matter what its size, may encounter at some point. It can become a serious problem for an organisation if not properly managed and it is essential that employers know what their legal rights and obligations when dealing with sickness absence. Two recent Court decisions have provided useful guidance on what employers should do to ensure that they act lawfully when dismissing an employee on the ground of sickness absence....

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