Helen Lucas, Author at Royds Withy King Solicitors

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16 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

When to performance manage employees – and the cost of leaving it too late

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It’s an all too familiar situation which many employers find themselves in. There’s an employee who hasn’t been performing for some time, they haven’t done anything drastically wrong, but they just aren’t up to scratch. The employer feels too uncomfortable to say anything – perhaps they are a long standing employee, a good friend or a difficult character. Or, the employer simply doesn’t find the time to address the situation and keeps putting it off. This goes on for a while until the employer decides enough is enough and dismisses the employee for poor performance.

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3 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Are employment contracts necessary?

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Documenting an individual’s terms of employment creates certainty in the employment relationship. But in fact, it is also a legal requirement.

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14 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Events

HR training: Dismissing an employee

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HR Training

In the last of our series of training sessions, you will learn how to spot potential employment claims, understand their value and the commercial realities of taking decisions to dismiss.

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HR training: Disciplinary and grievance

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In this fourth training session we will show you how to conduct a disciplinary procedure fairly from the initial meeting all the way through to the outcome, including an appeal.

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HR training: 5 sessions covering the employment relationship lifecycle

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Training course

If your role includes HR, you’re a manager or you’re simply looking for a general overview of employment law issues then our new HR Training course is designed to add value to your current role.

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29 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Sick of sick days? Get to grips with absence

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Employee sickness absence is an inevitable reality that all employers face. It can often be disruptive to the business and put undue stress on other employees to pick up additional work.

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5 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Blowing the whistle at work – a change in the law

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Following the Employment Tribunal decisions in two recent cases, solicitor Helen Lucas examines the law around protection of whistleblowing employees and implications for employers dealing with contractual disputes.

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12 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Can influence from HR affect the fairness of a dismissal?

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Influence

Businesses with HR teams will often lean heavily on HR to assist during a disciplinary process; that’s HR’s job, right? Not necessarily.

In a recent case there was an analysis on what is ‘fair’ for HR to do or say in a disciplinary process. In particular, to what extent can HR advise or influence the recommendation of an investigating officer or disciplinary chair?

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