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FLEXIBLE WORKING

Coronavirus and homeworking

Many employees are asking to work from home to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus. What options are available to you here?
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DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

Investigator’s conduct renders dismissal unfair

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employee’s dismissal was unfair due to the conduct of the person appointed to conduct the disciplinary investigation. What should you do following the EAT’s ruling?
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STATUTORY SICK PAY

Coronavirus, sick pay and self-isolation

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the government is introducing emergency legislation to make statutory sick pay (SSP) payable from the first day of absence. What do you need to know, and are those who self-isolate entitled to SSP?
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DISCRIMINATION

Employee described as “lively” awarded £4,000

A disabled employee whose line manager described her as “lively” has won her tribunal claims for discrimination and harassment. The tribunal awarded her £4,000 compensation. Why was this description problematic?
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WRITTEN STATEMENTS

No written statement: what’s the penalty?

We’ve previously explained the new rules on written statements of employment particulars which come into force on 6 April 2020. Can you be taken to the tribunal if you fail to provide a written statement?
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PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Employee refusing to sign important document

Throughout the course of their employment there are many documents which you might ask an employee to sign. This could be anything from their employment contract to a disciplinary warning. What should you do if they refuse to sign?
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REFERENCES

Reference requests: must you see a consent form?

You’ve been contacted by another employer who’s requesting a reference about a former employee. A colleague says that you can’t issue a reference unless they send you a consent form signed by the former employee. Is this correct?
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Last updated: 06.04.2020

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