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BANK HOLIDAYS

Extra pay for bank holiday working?

In April and May 2019 there are four bank holidays. If an employee who isn’t usually required to work on bank holidays does so on one or more of these days, are they entitled to extra pay?
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FLEXIBLE WORKING

Flexible working from day one?

The Labour party has pledged to give all employees the right to request flexible working from day one of employment if it wins the next general election. You could do this anyway, but why is it probably a bad idea?
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SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Bisexual employee was unfairly dismissed

The tribunal has ruled that a bisexual employee was unfairly dismissed and suffered a “campaign of harassment” by his employer and its staff. What is the most important lesson for all employers from this case?
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DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

“Too stressed” to attend a disciplinary hearing

An employee has presented a fit note which says that they can’t attend a disciplinary hearing because they’re suffering from “stress”. You’re willing to reschedule, but what are your options if the same thing happens again?
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Job duties

Employee refuses new job tasks

You’ve recently asked one of your employees to carry out some new tasks as part of their job role, but they are refusing to do them. What’s the legal position here and how should you handle their refusal?
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DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Is bad hay fever a disability?

Millions of people suffer with hay fever throughout the year, not just in the summer. In some cases, the effects can be pretty severe. If one of your employees suffers with terrible hay fever, could they successfully claim it’s a disability?
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MATERNITY

Supporting breastfeeding employees

At least one in three breastfeeding women have expressed milk in work toilets “due to lack of suitable facilities”. What are the legal requirements here and how can you support employees who are breastfeeding?
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Last updated: 22.03.2019

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