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Top 5 Hybrid Working Considerations for Employers

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Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs outlines some key considerations for employers to try and limit the risk of hybrid working disputes and claims

Topical Discrimination Issues Summary Video

Chris Dobbs
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It was great to be back on Wednesday 15th September, when we held our first in-person employment event since the start of the pandemic. Thank you to those who turned up to the session, we very much enjoyed having you there. For those who missed it, or just...

Is protecting pay of a disabled employee a reasonable adjustment?

Paul Burton
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Is protecting pay of a disabled employee a reasonable adjustment? Paul Burton looks at a recent case where it was found that it was not reasonable for an employer to continue to pay teacher's rates to an employee after she'd switched roles and had completed a period of protected pay.

How Final are Final Written Warnings?

Chris Dobbs
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A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case looked at the extent to which a Tribunal is expected to look beyond a ‘final written warning’ in assessing the fairness of a dismissal. Employment solicitor Chris Dobbs considers when a final written warning and a capability dismissal is unfair.

Unfair dismissal because furlough not considered as part of redundancy consultation

Paul Burton
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In this article, Employment Partner Paul Burton looks at a recent case where the ET decided unfair dismissal because furlough wasn’t considered as part of a redundancy consultation. He looks at what transpired and discusses the implications for employers.

Unfair Dismissal and Criminality

Chris Dobbs
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In our last HR Forum on disciplinary and dismissals, we covered the case of K v L, a teacher who lost his job after he was arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children. Since then, the case has gone through Scotland's Court of...

Should fire and rehire be illegal?

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton looks at an increasingly prevalent issue in employment: fire and rehire. He considers the issues that the practice causes for employees; and discusses the legal risks that could arise for employers.

COVID: Can I be dismissed for raising health & safety concerns?

Chris Dobbs
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Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs looks at some recent cases surrounding unfair dismissal and covid related health & safety concerns, providing advice for employers when implementing workplace safety measures.

How has 'Freedom Day' impacted employers?

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, Employment Partner, discusses the impact that 'Freedom Day' has had on employers, as covid considerations and responsibilities shift back to individuals and businesses.

Coping Mechanisms and Disability Discrimination in the workplace

Paul Burton
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Disabled employees should not be denied the ability to engage in strategies and mechanisms which help to cope with the effects of their condition simply because they inconvenience other staff. Paul Burton looks at a recent case where disability discrimination was disputed.

Indirect Discrimination and the Childcare Disparity

Paul Burton
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Although fathers are spending more time caring for their children, there is still a ‘childcare disparity’ faced by working mothers. In a recent case, the EAT gave a judgement regarding the indirect discrimination of a working mother with such childcare obligations. Paul Burton, Head of Employment, discusses this case and provides advice for employers.

How have the changes to furlough impacted employers?

Chris Dobbs
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There are still 1.5 million workers on furlough; and with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beginning to wind-down, there are changes that impact both employers and employees. Employment Solicitor Chris Dobbs discusses.

Section 44 health and safety detriment protection now includes 'workers'

Chris Dobbs
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The excitingly named The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Protection from Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) Order 2021 came into force on 31 May extending protection from detriments related to health and safety issues to workers rather than simply employees.

Frettens’ own Chris Dobbs breaks down the new order; discussing what it is, why its been put in place and what it means for employers.

COVID vaccinations to become mandatory in care sector

Chris Dobbs
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It was reported earlier this week that COVID vaccinations are due to become compulsory for care home staff. Chris Dobbs, Employment Solicitor, explores what this means for the care sector, the businesses involved and those working in it.

Carrying forward annual leave: Can claims be made for unpaid but taken holiday?

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs, solicitor in Frettens' Employment Team, looks at the outcome of a recent case where clarity was provided for holiday pay claims for unpaid but taken holiday. He goes on to look at whether such holiday can be carried forward.

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