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Developing a practice policy on e-cigarettes
Practices are urged to ensure their policy on e-cigarettes is more than just smoke and mirrors.
Case study: Gross misconduct can still result in an unfair dismissal
The case of Harvey v Vista Hotels involved an unfair dismissal claim.
Practices should update sickness policies to reflect new scheme
PRACTICES are reminded to update their sickness absence policies to reflect the new Fit for Work scheme currently being rolled out across the country.
HR Alert: A tweet too far...
PRACTICES should ensure their social media policy not only covers use at work, but also tweets or posts by employees made in their own time that may impact on the workplace.
Unpaid parental leave age limit rises
PARENTS can now take unpaid leave to care for a child aged up to 18 years old.
Shared parental leave for working parents
THE right to shared parental leave came into force across the UK on April 5 – as highlighted in our last employment law update in September.
Revised Acas code on disciplinary and grievance procedures
EMPLOYERS must agree to a worker's request to be accompanied by any chosen companion from one of the statutory categories at disciplinary and grievance hearings as part of revised Acas guidance.
Case study: Dealing with long-term absence
BACKGROUND: A bus driver, Mr P, is diagnosed with depression after the sudden death of his daughter just two days after she gave birth. He is off work for seven months and, despite having 10 years of service, Mr P is sacked on 90 days’ notice.
Ask the expert: Overtime payments and holiday pay
Q. CAN you advise how my practice should deal with overtime payments in relation to calculating holiday pay? Employees at my practice regularly work overtime and I want to ensure that their holiday pay reflects the work they do. What factors should be considered when calculating this?
Are tribunal fees to be abolished?
THE Scottish government will be able to exercise powers relating to tribunals as part of new devolved powers for Scotland as promised under the Smith Commission Agreement.