Whilst it is generally accepted that disabled employees may have higher levels of sickness absence, it can be difficult for employers to decide how to apply their normal sickness absence policy in these circumstances. Earlier this month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal helpfully provided useful guidance on possible approaches that an employer may adopt, in order to make allowances for disabled employees who have a greater chance of contracting 'ordinary ailments' linked to their disability. Sarah Maddock explains more.
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and covers: the latest on the ‘Woolworths’ redundancy case, full face veils in the workplace; dismissals for gross misconduct, subject access requests, social media in recruitment, third party harassment and the latest employment tribunal statistics.
Anne Palmer provides us with a summary of what has been happening in the ever-changing world of TUPE in September. This includes a review of the long-awaited Government Response to the TUPE Consultation, which was originally launched in January 2013, and a summary of a recent EAT decision dealing with service provision changes and the meaning of an "organised grouping of employees".
Whistleblowing has barely been out of the headlines in recent months: criticisms in the Francis Report zeroed in on the importance of whistleblowers, and this was swiftly followed by changes to 'gagging clauses' in NHS Compromise Agreements. This month, we saw new legislation come into force which made significant changes to the way in which whistleblowing operates. With all the changes that have taken place, Julian Hoskins takes the opportunity to review whistleblowing past and present, and provide some practical suggestions on whistleblowing going forward.
Alastair Currie looks at the latest developments that will be keeping HR practitioners and in-house Counsel busy over the Summer: the first tranche of this year’s law reform programme takes effect this month; UNISON has challenged the fee regime due to come into effect next month; the new Employment Tribunal rules have been published; Acas has published its guidance on pre-termination discussions and, finally, the new DBS online checking scheme is in place; and we provide an update on TUPE and how it applies to 'client team' transfers.