Due to the way the bank holidays fall in April and May 2017, many employees will be able to take 18 consecutive days off work using nine days’ holiday. If this doesn’t suit you, can you say “no”?
HMRC has made an employer pay a former employee £42,000 for unpaid statutory maternity pay (SMP) despite the fact she had already received £60,000 in full and final settlement. What went wrong?
An employee has been signed off work for a few weeks by their GP who states that they are suffering from work-related stress. Does this medical diagnosis automatically mean your employee is disabled?
Appraisals aren’t a legal requirement but it is good practice to carry them out at least once a year. When doing so you should avoid a “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” rating system. Why?
An employee has decided to appeal against a disciplinary sanction that you recently imposed on them because you didn’t “prove the misconduct beyond all reasonable doubt”. Are you actually required to prove guilt?
HEALTH & SAFETY
An employee is seriously overweight and it’s been suggested that this may trigger specific health and safety obligations on your part. Must you take any action and, if so, how should you handle this sensitive topic?
On their way home from work an employee steps off the pavement without looking and causes a serious accident. As they were travelling back from work at the time, could you be liable for their actions?
WORK AND PARENTS