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Monthly Archive August 2015

How to deal with laying employees off

In some industries work is seasonal and employees expect a short lay off and/or ‘short time’ working period per year to cater for this, most employees use this period to take their annual leave. Unfortunately for the majority of businesses laying staff off or putting them on short time hours has resulted from the challenging economic climate.

Businesses continue to face hard decisions like whether they should make staff redundant or whether they should consider a temporary ‘lay off’ period in the interim to ascertain whether business will eventually pick up. 

So when is it appropriate for a lay-off or short-time working? 

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The posts that can cost the most: Facebook and Gross Misconduct

By this point, some eight years after it became a household name, we are all more or less au fait with the ubiquitous ‘Facebook’; it is indispensable for many, inescapable for some. 

It seems however that the legal ramifications for employees making derogatory statements about their employers has still to yet fully sink in. While many users of the app may think that they are posting to a limited audience, it does of course have the capability to make such posts go much further and become the equivalent of taking out a full page advert in a national newspaper.

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Care home fined £100,000 for the death of a 96 year old resident

Recently, the owners of Pontcanna House Care Home in Cardiff have been ordered by Cardiff Crown Court to pay £100,000 for the disastrous death of May Lewis, a 96 year old resident who had only been in their care for 5 days. In 2012, the 96 year old pensioner was wheeled to her death as her carer stepped backwards into the empty lift shaft, also leading to her own severe, life-threatening injuries. 

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How to conduct a grievance hearing: discrimination allegations

Discrimination is a complex and sensitive area of employment law, and can, and often does, detrimentally affect many aspects of peoples’ lives. Although often insidious in the workplace, this does not mean that employers should not take the necessary steps to ensure that it is eliminated, and where it still exists, to combat the issue quickly and competently.

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