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What options can employers consider as an alternative to redundancy?

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Redundancies normally occur as a result of a business needing to cut costs or restructure existing roles. However, before deciding whether or not to dismiss an employee on the grounds of redundancy, there are other ways that a business could reduce its costs...

Have the redundancy rules been relaxed due to Covid-19?

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Have the redundancy rules been relaxed due to Covid-19? The short answer is no. Even though businesses are going through very difficult trading times, they must still comply with employment legislation when it comes to making redundancies. ...

Managing risk of claims by employees when lockdown is relaxed

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As an employer, you will have been focusing heavily on the financial and operational implications of the rapid lockdown. However, to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start thinking now about the many practical aspects of a potential relaxation in the...

Unwittingly triggering discrimination at work claims

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Equal opportunities legislation was introduced to provide a level playing field for everyone, so that every individual has the same opportunity for employment, training, pay and development as any other, irrespective of their...

Protecting your business from employees who resign

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Key employees who work directly with clients and have access to confidential information can pose a risk to a business when they choose to leave. It is crucial that you do what you can to protect your interests. If not, departing employees...

Useful GDPR summary aimed at smaller businesses

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If you are responsible for HR in your organisation, you will hopefully have locked onto the fact that new data protection rules (GDPR), coming into force on 25 May, have an impact on how you store and use employee and other personal data.  There is a...

The scope of the 'without prejudice' rule and when to use it

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A recent case will serve as a warning to employers when having 'without prejudice' conversations that they cannot select which parts of such conversations they rely on whilst, at the same time, argue that other parts cannot be relied upon. In the...

Can an employer monitor content of employee personal messages?

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Can an employer monitor the content of an employee’s personal messages sent from a work email account? Probably not. A recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Barbulescu v Romania has...

Ask all job candidates the same questions about care responsibilities

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A recent successful compensation claim against the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh highlights why it is important to ask all job candidates, male and female, the same questions about care responsibilities and how such responsibilities might affect...