What you need to know about probationary periods

It’s quite common for an employee’s contract to include a probationary period to give the employer time to assess their suitability and capability for the role. The aim of a probationary period is to give new starters every possible opportunity to succeed through training and regular structured reviews. At the same time, if for any […]

Employment Tribunal survey suggests costlier, more complex claims

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published the findings of its seventh survey into Employment Tribunal applications. The survey, which was conducted in 2018 based on a sample of single claims disposed of (settled or completed) between October 2016 and October 2017, examines the characteristics of claimants and employers involved […]

Redundancy | Can you ask employees to INTERVIEW for their role?

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Before making an employee redundant, employers must make a genuine and concerted effort to find them suitable alternative employment within the organisation. But if such a role is available and there is more than one potential candidate in the mix, how should applications be considered? Get your FREE consultation Redundancies are never far from the […]

Furlough v redundancy | Can employers make job cuts while funding is available?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 7 May 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Redundancy | Frequently Asked Questions

1. If someone is made redundant, can they be replaced? Employers should proceed with caution when considering replacing any staff who have been made redundant. After all, to make somebody redundant implies that their role was no longer required, and deciding to hire somebody else in this position provides clear evidence that this was not […]

“I quit!” | Are ‘heat of the moment’ resignations binding?

There are times in life when emotions take over and we say things we later regret. But if an employee impulsively resigns in the heat of the moment, should employers take this as read? These situations can be difficult for all involved, and while some employers will allow a disgruntled member of staff time to […]

Employer beware | 5 gross misconduct myths that could land you in legal trouble

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There are a number of commonly-held myths in the realm of employment law. Some give employers a false sense of security, while others make employers reluctant to take action out of fear of repercussions. These misconceptions can land you in trouble without you even realising it. For example, employers often assume that “last in, first […]