Below are top tips and points for consideration for employers conducting a harassment investigation.

According to the press, 3 February was “National Sickie Day” (cue a collective groan from employers across the country). Having never before realised that a day had been commandeered by the British public as a quasi-legitimate Duvet Day, I was surprised to learn that businesses were estimated to lose some £34 million as a result. For a country struggling out of the recession, this is worrying. 

On 31 January 2014 changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 will be made by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. It has been a long process to get here and we have set out some points to be aware of below. Should you have any questions around the changes, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our employment team

I so enjoyed Mariella Frostrup’s programme on Radio 4 the other night (Wednesday 29 January 2014). It was called “Bringing up Britain” and the focus was on parental leave, which from April 2015 can be shared between mum and dad largely in whatever proportions they choose. However, this was not a programme about the change in the law per se, but rather on the social effects the new regime may have.

Welcome to the January edition of Employment Heads Up, our monthly review providing you with an update on current trends, cases and developments in employment law.

In this month’s edition, we look at cases involving:

  • dismissal whilst an appeal against a final written warning is outstanding;
  • employment status and contractual terms; and
  • what constitutes a 'reasonable' request to be accompanied by a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing