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Frances Nash, Solicitor at Ralli, talks about zero hours contracts. Things are moving fast in the world of employment law, fast but perhaps not forwards. In the UK, small and medium sized businesses employ over 90% of workers in the private sector. It is not hard to understand why the majority of recent changes in…

Generally speaking, the legal test to establish the fairness of a conduct dismissal is that the employer must establish a reasonable belief in the employee’s guilt, having carried out an investigation proportionate to the means at its disposal and having offered the employee a fair hearing. This test works very well in many cases.  …

Mark Higgins, Employment Law Partner The government’s proposal is of little help to employers in real terms. As any employer who has had the unfortunate experience of being taken to an employment tribunal knows, the true cost lies in actually defending the proceedings rather than the cost of any award made. The median award for…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner There is little doubt that the proposal to allow no-fault dismissals contained in the Beecroft report (published yesterday, following a leak to the Daily Telegraph) should be consigned to the bin. The rationale behind the proposal was that businesses employing fewer than 10 employees would have a fail-safe way…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner Grapevine HR report that Yahoo are to investiagte claims that their chief execuitve, Scott Thompson, “embellished his academic credentials” on his CV. Read the full article here. This particular example looks to be something of a storm in a teacup since it is not in dispute that Thompson holds…

Mark Higgins – Employment Law Partner Being bruised by critical remarks made about you by your boss may well make you feel like walking out. When your boss is the Home Secretary and her remarks are broadcast across the land, your decision may well be justified. However, in the vast majority of cases, resignation as…

A leaked report commissioned by the Conservative Party suggests that the right for employees to claim that they have been unfairly dismissed should be scrapped. This is sure to be a headline grabber, and without giving a thought to the full implications of this move, a crowd pleaser for business. The report claims that the…

It has been reported in this morning’s Manchester Evening News that Vicky Kloss,Manchester City’s chief communications officer, was stopped from entering the players tunnel after yesterday’s FA Cup clash at Notts County because she is a woman   The complaint of sexism, made by City executives against Notts County officials singularly fails to take into account the fact that…

It’s a problem for employers, without a World Cup thrown in! With drink increasingly becoming a common place feature of many people’s daily social lives (particularly in the 16 -29 age group), the impact is leaking into the workplace. A business will suffer if any employee drinks during working hours in such a way that…

As featured in Crain’s Manchester Business Recent reports have confirmed that the Employment Tribunals Service in the North West is currently suffering such a backlog of cases that people are now being told that it will be at least 12 months before their case is heard. There has indeed been a sharp rise in claims…