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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Six top tips to help you manage disciplinary and grievance procedures

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Best practice guidance is readily available in the form of ‘Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures’ which sets a benchmark for employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints.

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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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18 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Three things to think about before firing an employee

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Dismissing an employee can be a daunting prospect. There are numerous horror stories about aggrieved employees successfully clawing large compensation pay-outs from their ex-employers, with the employer left wondering what they did wrong. Our previous article on disciplinary and grievance will help you know what process to follow in such circumstances. But what if you want to avoid the process altogether? Or, your reason for dismissal isn’t as watertight as you first thought?

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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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