Lockdown has presented difficulties for companies involved in internal investigations, dealing with whistleblowers, grievance claims and disciplinary processes. Ivor Adair examines the latest Acas guidance on the subject and explains the key issues and solutions.
With the coronavirus crisis resulting in an unexpected period of homeworking for much of the workforce, consultant editor Darren Newman considers the approach HR might take to managing employee relations processes during this time.
As always, HR professionals have had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2019. We count down the 10 most important judgments of the year that every employer should know about.
Although a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns provides an element of reassurance for employers, consultant editor Darren Newman explains why suspension should still be used only sparingly.
In February 2019, Acas made changes to its guide on discipline and grievances, which complements the "Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures". We set out the key updates, in particular the amended guidance on workers seeking to postpone a disciplinary hearing because their preferred companion is unavailable.
With the Court of Appeal due to hear the appeal against the High Court decision in Agoreyo that the suspension of a teacher was a repudiatory breach of contract, consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the issue of suspension when it relates to safeguarding concerns.
Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent decision highlighting the potential danger in proceeding with a disciplinary hearing where the employee's chosen companion is not available - even where the requested postponement falls outside the period allowed for under the statutory right to be accompanied.
This article looks at local authority discipline and dismissal procedures for senior officers, and the involvement of councillors in other disciplinary action.
Consultant editor Darren Newman asks what an appeal court judge's recent comments about suspending employees accused of gross misconduct means for employers.
Commentary and analysis: HR and legal information and guidance relating to discipline.
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