Article Database - Tips & Advice Personnel: Year 22, issue 18

 
Tribunal procedure changes Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Employment tribunals » Tribunal procedure
Several important changes have been made to the tribunal procedure rules and Acas early conciliation (EC) process to ease the burden on the overloaded system. What do you need to know?
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Unfairly dismissed for stealing a sausage roll Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Dismissal » Unfair dismissal
An employee who was sacked for “stealing” a sausage roll has won her claim for unfair dismissal and been awarded £3,000. This included a 25% uplift for failure to follow the Acas Code. Where did the employer go wrong?
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Can you ban staff from smoking at home? Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Staff handbooks » Smoking
In September 2020 it was reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council had banned its employees from smoking when working at home because workplaces “must be smoke free” by law. Is this legal?
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Full time to part time: calculating pay and holiday Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Part-time working » Part-timers
One of your full-time employees is reducing their hours and moving to a permanent part-time working arrangement. What’s the safest way to calculate their pro rata pay and holiday entitlement?
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What is cyberbullying? Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Discrimination » Bullying
Online bullying or “cyberbullying” is said to be increasing due to the fact that more employees are now working remotely. But what is it and how can you prevent it happening amongst your employees?
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Pregnancy loss and statutory maternity pay Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Maternity » Maternity rights
An employee has notified you that she’s suffered a loss of pregnancy, a situation that must be handled sensitively. Is she entitled to take any maternity leave and receive statutory maternity pay (SMP)?
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Non-binary, gender fluidity and the Equality Act Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Discrimination » Sexual orientation
In September 2020 the tribunal decided that people who identify as “non-binary” and “gender fluid” are protected by the gender reassignment provisions in the Equality Act 2010. What do these two terms mean?
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Who pays the face covering fine? Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » News » Coronavirus
Who pays the face covering fine?..Face covering law. On 24 September 2020The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020 came into force. They make the wearing of face coverings mandatory in certain indoor settings and many employees are...
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Q&A - stay at work during break times? Publication date: 13.10.2020
Article database » Coronavirus » News
Q&A - stay at work during break times?..Q. We’ve worked hard to make made our workplace “Covid-secure”. Can we insist that all employees stay on our premises during their breaks to ensure that our high health and safety standards are maintained? A. On the face of it this might seem like a sensible idea. However, there are various factors you...
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