Employment

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th September 2017

‘Work related stress’ as a reason for absence can send chills through any HR manager because such sickness absence is not easily cured with a week of rest or a dose of antibiotics.  It requires careful handling, patience and time. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th September 2017

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination in respect of the nine “protected characteristics” of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
21st August 2017

A grievance is a term given to a complaint, concern or problem which is raised by an employee with their employer.  This definition is reflected in the ACAS Code, which provides guidance to employers and employees about how a grievance ...

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31st July 2017

Judgment has recently been given on a momentous case in the matter of R (on the application of Unison) (Appellent) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent), which was Unison’s challenge against employment tribunal fees. Employment tribunal fees ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th July 2017

For some smaller employers dealing with sickness absence is stepping into unknown territory.   When dealing with this for the first time, employers can feel daunted about what they should and should not do. Whilst every case is ...

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5th July 2017

This case considers sex discrimination and pay during shared parental leave.  Shared parental leave was introduced in 5 April 2015.  It allows a woman who is on maternity leave to give up her maternity leave and instead allow ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
15th June 2017

We have previously highlighted that Workplace Mediation can be one way of resolving disagreements in the workplace. However, in some cases, a Settlement Agreement may be one sensible option for both parties to consider and they are ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th May 2017

We take a look at some of the rights pregnant employees have in the workplace. The starting point is that a pregnant employee has the same rights as any other employee with the same length of service, such as unfair dismissal and a ...

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11th May 2017

We take a look at a recent disability discrimination case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes where a multiple choice test for applicants placed a woman with Asperger’s at particular disadvantage and was not justified. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
27th April 2017

We take a look at some recent cases on this area around service provision changes. The definition of Service Provision Change (SPC) is found at Regulation 3(1)(b) of TUPE and is as follows: (i) activities cease to be carried out by a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st March 2017

Today (1st March 2017) the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 have come into force. Some of the main changes are highlighted below. Increase in ballot thresholds For strike or industrial action to be lawful from 1st March ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th January 2017

As a business, have you resolved this year to be more efficient? less stressed by HR issues? Or do you need some support with employment law matters? If so, we have created a service that has helped our small to medium sized clients ...