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Unfairly dismissed for smelling of alcohol

1st July 2015

Can you summarily dismiss an employee for smelling of alcohol? The answer is not as straightforward as you think and will depend to a great extent on the content of your policies and the way you apply them. In Mr McElroy v Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, a judge found Mr McElroy to have been […]

Romance may not be dead, but boy can it cause trouble!

12th February 2015

With Valentine’s Day looming, we thought we needed to talk about the burning topic of office romances. You may think that the office affair is a bit of a cliché that only happens in films or in books, but with a quick scoot around the internet, you will find lots of articles covering everything from […]

Rise in maximum award for unfair dismissal and week’s pay

10th April 2014

The employment tribunal compensation limits have risen under the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2014, reflecting an  RPI rise of 3.2%. The maximum award for unfair dismissal is now the lower of 52 weeks’ pay or £76,574, where 52 weeks’ pay is 52 times one week’s actual gross pay for the employee at the time […]

Successfully defending a constructive dismissal case

21st February 2014

Constructive dismissal cases are notoriously difficult to win. Despite this, a number are brought every year. No doubt, there are some constructive dismissal cases that are justified. The constructive dismissal claim we defended for our client at the end of last year was not one of them. This blog is about why the claimant in […]

Are employment lawyers going to be less busy from today?

29th July 2013

Today is an important day for employment lawyers, and for a large part of the working population and their employers, as any employee wishing to take their employer to a tribunal will now have to pay a fee of between £160 to £250 to lodge a claim and a further fee of between £230 to […]

Employment law reforms: spring is here with the buds of new legislation!

28th March 2012

With the April changes in employment law rapidly heading our way, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published an annual review on employment law. We thought it was a good time to give you all a summary of the changes about to happen and the proposals for future change. If the government […]

Free HR/Employment Law Surgery in Fife

16th March 2012

The next monthly Impact 21 HR/Employment Law surgery takes place on 21st March in Dunfermline.  The support service offers Fife businesses a free half hour consultation with qualified HR/employment law professionals on any employment or human resource related issue. Operating on a monthly basis the location will rotate between Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. EmployEase provides the […]

Sod it. Let’s just make him redundant..

2nd March 2012

Over the years, we have had numerous discussions with clients about terminating the employment of someone who is not very good at their job. Almost inevitably, at some point during the conversation, the client will ask why we can’t just make him redundant? Our answer is generally because the job isn’t redundant. So what is […]

Beware: the two year qualifying period will take affect for new employees only

31st January 2012

One of the most publicly announced reforms in employment law coming into force on 6th April 2012 is the increase of the qualifying period to claim unfair dismissal from one year to two. We commented on this last year http://www.employease.co.uk/blog/?m=20111007 However, there has been a bit of news on this change. A number of organisations including […]

You wait for a bus and three come along at the same time: proposed employment law reforms announced today

23rd November 2011

Changes in employment law used to be a bit like waiting for a bus. You would spend most of the year with the same regulations and then a couple of times a year a few changes would come along all at once (April and October).  While we presume the timing for introducing new legislation won’t […]