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  • Headscarf cases: what now for employer dress codes?

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?

  • General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

    Date:
    19 April 2017

    With the Conservative Government announcing a snap election for 8 June, we look at five potential problems when politics mix with the workplace.

  • Is it ever fair to expect employees to dress a certain way?

    Date:
    17 February 2017

    When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate and a subsequent parliamentary inquiry. Now the results of the inquiry have been published, what does this mean for employers who operate uniform or dress code policies?

  • Valentine's Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

    Date:
    10 February 2017

    Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out on a date? Is it ever appropriate for a line manager to interfere in an employee's love life? With Valentine's Day approaching, we look at 10 potential problems with workplace romances.

  • How can you avoid legal and HR pitfalls in family businesses?

    Date:
    1 October 2016

    Almost half of the private-sector workforce is employed by family businesses. While many such companies are successful, sound policies are needed to avoid nepotism and claims for breach of contract and unfair constructive dismissal from non-family employees. Ed Stacey, a partner and head of the employment legal team at PwC, offers tips on good practice.

  • Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work and dress codes

    Date:
    1 September 2016

    The requirement to speak English at work and dress codes at work are policy areas where employers should tread carefully to avoid discrimination. Deborah Bulman, a senior associate from Burges Salmon LLP, considers recent legal controversies and gives tips on drafting employment policies.

  • Six common summer employment issues

    Date:
    19 July 2016

    With high temperatures possible during the summer months, we explore some employment law scenarios employers may have to deal with.

  • Dress codes and political, philosophical and religious neutrality

    Date:
    15 June 2016

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the Advocate General's recent opinion that it does not amount to direct religious discrimination for an employer with a policy of religious, philosophical and political neutrality to prevent a Muslim employee from wearing a hijab.

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