UNFAIR DISMISSAL - 02.07.2020
Unfairly dismissed for calling bosses “twit and twat”
An employee who was dismissed for referring to his bosses as “twit and twat” in a text to a client has won his tribunal claim for unfair dismissal. The employer involved made a fatal error. What was it and how could it have been avoided?
DISCRIMINATION - 02.07.2020
£4,000 award for antenatal appointment comment
An employee who rushed back to work after her boss said that she’d “taken too many antenatal appointments” has been awarded £4,000 by the tribunal. Is there a limit on the number of appointments a pregnant employee is entitled to take?
FLEXIBLE WORKING - 02.07.2020
The downsides of compressed hours arrangements
A full-time employee, who currently works a five-day week, has asked if they could switch to a compressed hours working arrangement. How does this work in practice and what are the downsides from your perspective?
HEALTH AND SAFETY - 02.07.2020
Hand sanitiser, allergies and health issues
You’ve set up several hand sanitiser stations in your workplace as part of your coronavirus precautions. However, one of your employees is refusing to use the product you’ve supplied. What should your response be?
DATA PROTECTION - 02.07.2020
ICO’s IT security checklists for homeworkers
New guidance. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new IT security checklists for employers who currently have staff working from home (see The next step ). These checklists aren’t exhaustive, but they do cover the common IT vulnerabilities which the ICO often sees exploited in homeworking settings. ...
TRIBUNALS - 02.07.2020
Challenging out of time tribunal claims
Strict time limits apply to the presentation of tribunal claims. However, many claimants lodge claims late, which is known as being “out of time”. If this happens to you, why should you alert the tribunal as quickly as possible?