Social media misconduct – no formal guidance but some sensible rules
Employment Issues / Social Media / Solicitors Journal

Social media misconduct – no formal guidance but some sensible rules

Although the EAT has not yet provided guidance on dealing with social media-related conduct issues, there are some elements of a recent decision that employers can learn from, writes Kevin Poulter An employee dismissed for posting ‘banter’ on Facebook several years before initially succeeded in his claim for unfair dismissal, but that decision has now … Continue reading

Radical reform of Employment Tribunals needed
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Radical reform of Employment Tribunals needed

Last month, the Law Society declared that the employment tribunal system is in urgent need of a complete overhaul. But can the complexity and cost of the current system be resolved? The Law Society’s new and ‘efficient’ employment tribunal structure proposes that all disputes would be dealt with in a ‘single jurisdiction’ consisting of four levels.  Simple claims, … Continue reading

Zero hours contracts and a 15 minute redundancy ‘consultation’
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Zero hours contracts and a 15 minute redundancy ‘consultation’

I was pleased to have been quoted as a ‘senior employment lawyer’ in an important story for business in the Independent and The i today.  The story follows the closure of a USC fashion warehouse where employees were given only 15 minutes notice of their dismissal, expected to be sufficient time for proper consultation. The … Continue reading

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Capping Unfair Dismissal

Last week, the business secretary Vince Cable announced that more reforms were planned to make it ‘easier for firms to hire staff while protecting basic labour rights’. Further details of the consultation are available HERE. This is the latest development in the coalition Government’s systematic review of employment law since it took office and follows the … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunal Statistics – Good News For Employers?

The Tribunal reform is already taking effect. Here is the proof The Tribunal Service has just published some interesting statistics, breaking down the claims, awards and averages over the twelve months to 21 March 2012. Contrary to what we might be told by Vince and the BIS team, the effects of Tribunal reform already seem … Continue reading