Employment Law

Index items here on employment legislation, employment-related topics and case law that is not covered by any of the sub-categories OR within Employee Relations or Diversity and Equality or Health, Safety and Well-being and any of their sub-categories.

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    Fairness at Work diluted

    The government has watered down several key points in Fairness at Work, in advance of publication of a bill early in the new year. • The compensation limit for unfair dismissal will rise from £12,000 to £50...

    In from the cold

    N ow that the office party season is in full swing, most people are prepared, with varying degrees of anticipation (or trepidation), to get closer to their colleagues than at any other time of the year. However cool and professional...

    A need-to-know basis

    The constitutional aspects of the Human Rights Act 1998, passed by Parliament last month, have received a great deal of publicity. But far less attention has been paid to its impact on employment. When it comes into effect...

    Can you keep a secret?

    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), passed this summer and due to become fully effective next year, should have prompted managers to consider the need for a policy on data protection. But many have yet to realise that a broader...

    A policy of substance

    We should not be surprised if there is an increase in workplace drug testing in the coming year. Employees’ drink- and drug-related problems cost industry an estimated £3 billion each year. A recent survey by Alcohol Concern...

    Re-engagement

    Section 161 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 requires a tribunal exploring the possibility of reinstatement or re-engagement to consider reinstatement first and to take into account its practicality as well as the employee...

    Faulty door costs £350,000

    A former nursing college tutor has been paid nearly £350,000 in a record personal injury claim after an accident involving a faulty swing door rendered her unable to work. Carole Webster injured her back trying to walk...

    Ex-BCCI staff seek damages

    Former employees of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International have asked the High Court to give them leave to sue for damage to their future careers. The case will set a legal precedent if the stigma of working...

    Continuity of employment

    Continuity has to be calculated strictly in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996. In order for there to be a break in continuity, there must be a period of seven days running from Sunday to Saturday during which...

    Firms urged to be more flexible about retirement

    The average age of retirement has continued to fall in the past five years and the number of staff wanting to quit early is rising. Yet only a small minority of workers are offered flexible ways of winding down their employment...