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Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used reasons are redundancy, capability and misconduct.

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Receiving an employment tribunal claim: what to do next

‘At some point, many businesses will receive an employment tribunal claim against them from an employee, former employee or even an applicant,’ says Samira Cakali, Managing Director and Solicitor Advocate at SCE Solicitors.

‘Although a tribunal claim can seem daunting, knowing what to expect could help you defend the claim as effectively as possible.’ Samira runs through what happens at the start of the process, sets out what to do to help prepare the defence, and she gives tips on how to keep down legal costs.

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Return to the workplace: be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis or for all their working time. ‘Employers need to keep in mind the impact of this shift on any employees’ disabilities,’ says Samira Cakali, Managing Director and Solicitor Advocate at SCE Solicitors.

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Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the changes to working practices which were introduced ‘on the hoof’ as businesses adapted to the pandemic may have become permanent, and many lessons have been learned about new ways of achieving the same business objectives.

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Carers’ rights at work

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are twice as likely to have poor health than those without caring responsibilities.

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Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a hot flush. The scene generated plenty of debate online, as it was a rare case of the menopause being acknowledged in a drama as an everyday occurrence.

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5 things to consider during the release of lockdown and return to the workplace

Following changes in government guidance, more and more employers are asking staff to come back to the workplace. But what are your obligations as an employer if staff are reluctant or unwilling to return? How should you treat employees who are shielding, pregnant or struggling with childcare?The HSE’s guidance on Working safely during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and the Government’s sector-specific guides on working safely during coronavirus (Covid-19) are crucial sources of information.

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