Article Database - Tips & Advice Personnel: Year 21, issue 17

 
Employee embarrassed by ruling Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Employment tribunals » Tribunal procedure
An employee has asked the Court of Appeal to withhold a tribunal ruling from the public register because the details were “embarrassing”. Can it do this?
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Q&A - can an employee alter an OHA report? Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Health and safety » Occupational health
Q&A - can an employee alter an OHA report?..Q. We recently referred one of our employees to an occupational health advisor (OHA) who subsequently prepared a written medical report. The employee is now saying that they want the OHA’s report altered, otherwise they won’t consent to it being released to us. Is our employee legally entitled to do...
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It’s “company policy to not pay SMP” Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Maternity » Maternity pay
It’s “company policy to not pay SMP”..Tribunal ruling. Small employer, Pharmvit (P), has ended up in the tribunal after a pregnant employee was told by her line manager that it was the company’s policy “not to pay statutory maternity pay (SMP)” under any circumstances. Instead, they would assist her to apply for maternity allowance directly...
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Charity fundraisers and food safety laws Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Health and safety » Food safety
An employee has asked if they can bring in some home baked goods to sell. The money raised will be donated to a local charity. What should you do to ensure that what’s sold meets food hygiene standards?
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Workplace plastic = dismissal Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Misconduct » Misconduct
It’s been reported that an employer has made it a disciplinary offence for its employees to bring single-use plastics into the workplace. Those who breach the rule three times will be dismissed. Is this legal?
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Unfairly dismissed for “pointing out staffing issues” Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Dismissal » Automatically unfair
A manager who was dismissed for “pointing out problems but not finding solutions” has won his claim for unfair dismissal at the tribunal. Where did the employer go wrong and what must you not do?
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Interviews: can you ask about current salary? Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Recruitment » Recruitment
As part of your standard interview questions you ask candidates about their current or most recent salary. However, a colleague says that this type of question isn’t allowed. Can you ask prospective employees for this information or not?
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Is an unsigned contract unenforceable? Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Contracts » Contract terms
You want to invoke a clause in an employee’s written contract of employment and have dug it out to check the wording. Whilst that’s all fine, they’ve not signed the document. Does that mean the clause is unenforceable?
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GDPR: €150,000 fine for getting “consent” wrong Publication date: 26.09.2019
Article database » Data protection » GDPR
PwC has been fined €150,000 after it wrongly used consent as the basis for processing its employees’ personal data. What’s the problem with relying on consent when you’re processing employment-related personal data?
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