Local council's move could hamper national house-building plans
Legal action taken by a district council in East Sussex, on environmental grounds, could have far-reaching consequences in relation to desperately needed housebuilding projects up and down the country.
Without prejudice, protected conversations and unfair dismissal
It has always been difficult for an employer to hold a genuine without prejudice discussion with an employee with whom they had no existing dispute which needed settling. This difficulty prompted the government to introduce legislation to allow pre-termination discussions. Pre-termination discussions if held within the confines of the relevant legislation and in accordance with the ACAS code of practice, cannot be referred to in unfair dismissal proceedings but can be taken into account in discrimination and breach of contract claims. However, can an employer ever reveal elements of a without prejudice or protected conversation in an unfair dismissal claim whilst still maintaining other elements? We report on a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case.
As we approach the shortest day and Christmas thoughts of holidays may seem a long way off. For employment lawyers and many businesses thoughts of holiday pay pose many difficult and problematic questions.
Sexual harassment at work – A major issue for employers
A recent BBC survey of more than 2000 people in Britain revealed that half of women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work. Of those, 63% of the female victims did not report their harassment with the equivalent figure for men being 79%.