Employment Law in the News

Workplace Bullying

Article written on February 23, 2010

Back in 2010 the press were alleging that Gordon Brown has bullied members of staff in Downing Street and Whitehall. Bullying and harassment in the workplace gives rise to a number of moral and legal implications: An employer may be liable under the discrimination legislation if it fails to protect its employees and other workers […]

Moving the Goal Posts?

Article written on September 29, 2009

Rather than making redundancies, some employers are choosing to retain staff but employ them on a different basis by cutting their pay, hours or benefits and thereby reduce their financial outlay. This can avoid the loss of talent resulting from redundancies, together with the cost associated with redundancy payments and the future cost of recruitment […]

Stress at Work: Healthy Business

Article written on December 1, 2008

In 2006, 175 million working days were lost to illness. The annual economic cost of sickness absence and unemployment due to ill-health are estimated to be over £100 billion (greater than the current annual budget for the NHS and equivalent to Portugal’s GDP). The health of the working age population has been reviewed and Dame […]

Redundancy and fair selection

Article written on November 23, 2008

A selection criteria is necessary in a redundancy situation when an employer plans to make more than one employee redundant and the employees chosen have the same job or interchangeable jobs, or the groups of employees perform identical work. Therefore the very first thing that the employer must do is make a clear statement identifying […]

Advertising: Age Discrimination

Article written on November 23, 2008

Employers should consider whether it is necessary to specify in an advert that a certain level of experience is required. A tribunal has found that an advert stating that a teaching vacancy “would suit candidates in the first five years of their career” amounted to indirect age discrimination.