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In the wake of #MeToo and the associated shift in the way allegations of sexual harassment are treated by employers, making the decision to suspend an employee can have far-reaching repercussions for employers and employees alike. Importantly, in 2007, the Court of Appeal, in Mezey v South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, held that suspension, regardless of how it is framed by an employer, is not a “neutral act” as it…
The case of Hargreaves v Department for Work and Pensions provides a useful reminder of what employers should keep in mind when managing an employee with a disability, including the following: Discuss suitable reasonable adjustments at the very first opportunity and seek input from the employee’s treating health professional and occupational health as well as the employee. Consider whether the application of a ‘provision, criterion or practice’ within the organisation, such as rigid working hours,…
These two small, but practically important, changes are coming in: one next month and the other next year. From 6 April 2019, new rules relating to payslips will apply. The key points are: The right to receive a payslip will extend to all workers, not just employees. Employers will be required to itemise payslips (and show the hours worked) where the amount of wages or salary varies by reference to time worked. Where an employer…