Archive: Nov 2015


  • Case Study – British Waterways Board V’s Mrs Smith

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    In the latest in a long line of cases involving social media the EAT has recently decided that derogatory comments made by the employee can result in a fair dismissal, even where the comments were made in excess of two years ago. FACTS: Mr Smith was employed as a manual worker as part of a […]


  • The New Fit For Work Scheme

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    As of September 2015 employers  (as opposed to only GP’s) will be able to refer employees to the governments new fit for work service (FFW) where the employee has been absent from work for a period of least four weeks. This is a government funded occupational health service, the aim of which is to offer […]


  • National Living Wage

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    From next April 2016, the National living wage will rise to £7.20 and then to £9.00 an hour by 2020. Whilst reportedly this will result in a happy  boost to the earnings of  over  6 million workers,  costs will increase notably for some businesses.  Weatherspoon’s have recently commented and suggested that this will lead to […]


  • Travel Disruption Policies

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      As thousands of British tourists remain stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh, employers who are affected must decide whether or not to continue paying them pending their return to work.  This situation, and the recent travel chaos caused by fog, highlights the need for workplace policies on transport disruption.