Archive | November, 2011

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 21.11.11 to 27.11.11: security guard used CCTV to harass female worker

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 21 November 2011, including a female worker at an Edinburgh visitor attraction who has won her claim for sexual harassment after being stalked on CCTV by a security guard.
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Employment tribunal reforms: the reaction

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 21 November 2011, a week in which there has really only been one story: the Government’s announcement on how it going to proceed on major reforms to employment law and the employment tribunal system.
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Government’s “radical” employment law reforms are a mixed bag

It’s a good job that everyone’s now intimately familiar with the Equality Act 2010, because the next load of employment law changes are on the horizon. Yesterday, the Government announced what it called “the most radical reform to the employment law system for decades”.
Perhaps the most important change for… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 14.11.11 to 20.11.11: Scottish worker loses “sweaty sock” race discrimination claim

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 14 November 2011, including a Scottish worker in Cornwall who lost his claim for race discrimination over alleged “sweaty sock”, “Scottie” and “Jock” jibes, but won over £20,000 for unfair dismissal.
Scottish worker loses Cornwall… continue

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Bribery Act 2010: public official given custodial sentence after guilty plea for bribery

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 14 November 2011, including the news that the first individual to be convicted under the Bribery Act 2010 has been given a custodial sentence (on the Personnel Today website), with three years for bribery (along with… continue

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Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures: employment tribunal decisions

The “Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” has almost certainly helped employers to avoid tribunal proceedings by providing clear but not overly rigid guidance on disciplinary issues. Nevertheless, we still see a substantial number of cases in which employers are found to have breached the Acas code.… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 07.11.11 to 13.11.11: hotel manager “told to replace ‘ugly, fat, old’ staff with ‘young, sexy blondes’”

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 7 November 2011, including the unfairly dismissed manager of a London hotel’s restaurant who claimed that he was ordered to replace “ugly, fat, old” staff with “young, sexy blondes in short skirts”.
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Is the Government planning an unfair-dismissal exemption for small employers?

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 7 November 2011, including suggestions that, while radical proposals in the Beecroft report on introducing compensated no-fault dismissal may be a step too far, the Government is seriously considering a small-employer exemption for unfair dismissal and… continue

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Government confirms plan to consult on “protected conversations” between employers and employees

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that the Government intends to consult on allowing employers to have “protected conversations” with underperforming workers that would be inadmissible in employment tribunal proceedings.
In a speech on the Government’s growth package for small businesses, Cameron said:
“And when it comes to making it… continue

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Social media policies are not “stupid”. Here’s why.

Employees’ use of social media is a hot topic in HR. It’s something that employers have not traditionally needed to deal with and, as it’s a relatively new area, everyone’s got a view on what employers should and shouldn’t do. Including me, hence this blog. Yesterday this blog caught my… continue

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