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Is it too cold to work? What is your obligation as an employer?

Gillian Markland
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With the prospect of further periods of very cold weather this winter, many employees may be concerned that the office is too cold, and it would be better to work from home. Whilst some employers may be open to employees working from home...

What shouldn't I ask a job applicant at an interview?

Gillian Markland
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Recently a woman has been awarded £4,250 from a Domino’s Pizza store owner in an age discrimination dispute, after the prospective employer asked her how old she was during an interview. Mrs Walsh applied for a delivery driver role with the...

Government backs new law to provide additional paid leave to parents whose babies require specialist care after birth

Gillian Markland
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New proposed reforms will allow parents to spend more time providing crucial care for their baby instead of worrying about returning to work or the possibility of having to take unpaid leave. The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill will allow...

Why are employers struggling to recruit and retain?

Gillian Markland
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At present, there is an unprecedented shortage of workers, and as a result employers are struggling to keep up with the demand of the economy. The two leading reasons for this shortage are Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. These events, both had a...

When can an employer be vicariously liable for the acts of their employee?

Gillian Markland
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A common principle of employment law is that employers can be held liable for the conduct of their employees.  However, a point of regular debate is when this liability arises, especially in the case of horseplay at work.  This was recently...

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