The Employment Law & HR Podcast
When is an employer liable for the actions of an employee?

In this weeks' episode I bring you a case regarding vicarious liability, where an employer is liable for the actions or omissions of an employee which causes harm to another. The case is a rather interesting one on the facts; Mohamud v WM Morrison.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The background to vicarious liability
  • The history of how the law has developed
  • Details of previous cases
  • The facts of this case
  • What you can do to try to mitigate the risks for your business

Action Points

  1. Ensure that you carry out good due diligence and pre-employment checks on new recruits.
  2. Deal with any issues of inappropriate conduct immediately.
  3. Ensure you have risk assessments and procedures in place.

Helpful Links

Mohamud v WM Morrison [2016]

Lister v Hesley Hall Limited  [2001] 

Rose v Plenty [1976]

Boson v Sandford [1691]

Direct download: Episode_50.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Race Discrimination & Harassment Case: Episode 49

Is an instruction to only speak English at work discrimination?

A recent discrimination case has been decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal concerning an instruction to a Russian employee not to speak Russian at work, an interesting case for various reasons.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the relevant legal provisions are regarding direct discrimination and harassment
  • What is required to bring a claim for direct discrimination
  • What is required for behaviour to constitute harassment
  • Reasons you should proceed with caution with regards to employees who have been employed for less than 2 years
  • Steps you can take to prevent a claim

 Action Points

Ensure that your managers and supervisors have some training and/or knowledge of the requirements of the Equality Act and that they understand that instructions they give to employees can lead to an employment tribunal claim.

Helpful Links

Kelly v Covance Laboratories Limited

UK Business Startup Podcast

 HR Harbour


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Direct download: Episode_49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Holiday Entitlement & Pay FAQ's Answered: Episode 48

Following a surprising question from an employee client I thought that it would be helpful to dedicate an episode to answering some of the frequently asked questions abut holiday.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The background to holiday entitlement and pay in the UK
  • The Working Time Regulations requirements
  • Notice periods for taking holiday
  • Who is entitled to take holiday
  • How to calculate holiday pay
  • When you can pay in lieu of holiday
  • When holiday can be carried forward to the next year
  • Rolled up holiday pay

 Action Points

Review your contracts and policies to see if you have holiday entitlement and pay covered. Check to ensure that your part-time staff are treated the same as full time staff with holiday, and review how much you are paying employees when they are on holiday.

Helpful Links

Online Holiday Calculator

Holiday & Sickness Absence: Episode 25

Commission & Holiday Pay

How much should I pay during holidays? Episode 10

 HR Harbour

Direct download: Episode_48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14am EDT

Tribunal Time Limits & Holiday for 2015 / 2016: Episode 47

Employment Tribunal Time Limits

&

Holiday Entitlement for 2015/16 & 2016/17

In this episode of the Podcast I bring you two updates that you should be aware of.

In this episode I will cover:

  • ACAS Early Conciliation
  • Time Limits in the Employment Tribunal
  • The extension of Time Limits in the Employment Tribunal
  • Holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulations
  • What you need to do if your holiday year runs from April to March
  • Why you may need to change the wording of your contracts regarding holiday

 Action Points

Review your contracts and handbooks with regards to your holiday entitlement and holiday year for employees. Take steps to ensure all staff have a minimum of 5.6 weeks holiday every year.

Helpful Links

ACAS Early Conciliation

HR Harbour

Direct download: Episode_47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Wrongful Dismissal & Breach of Confidentiality: Episode 46

Mr M Farnan v Sunderland Association Football Club

A claim for wrongful dismissal in the High Court

In this episode of the Podcast I bring you the detail and Judgement from a claim brought by a former employee of Sunderland FC which emphasises the need to have good provisions and policies for confidentiality in your employment contracts and Handbooks.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the facts were leading to Mr Farnan's claim
  • Why Mr Farnan alleged that Sunderland FC were in breach of contract
  • What the High Court Judge considered to be serious breaches of confidentiality
  • What the High Court Judge considered in respect of an allegation that Mr Farnan had sent an offensive Christmas Card from his work email address
  • What you need to do to ensure you are covered in the event you take action against an employee in similar circumstances
  • How to protect your  confidential information

 Action Points

Review your contracts and handbooks to ensure that you have specific clauses regarding your expectations of confidentiality. If you want to prevent employees from sending emails to their personal emails and from 'banking' confidential information then you need to include an express provision to this effect.

Helpful Links

Full case report Farnan v Sunderland Association Football Club

 HR Harbour


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Direct download: Episode_46.mp3
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Redundancy Part 6: Frequently Asked Questions

The final instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 6: Unusual Redundancy & Frequently Asked Questions

This is the final episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • How to deal with employees on maternity leave
  • What you need to do to consult employees on maternity leave
  • What to pay employees on maternity leave
  • When you have to offer an alternative role to an employee on maternity leave as a priority
  • How to deal with notice for an employee on maternity leave
  • What to do with employees on sick leave during a redundancy consultation
  • Points to consider when consulting with a sick employee
  • How to calculate redundancy pay for an employee on sick leave
  • The relevance of the ACAS code of practice
  • The legal obligation to allow an employee to be accompanied during the redundancy process
  • What to do with those employees who volunteer for redundancy

 Action Points

Check your contracts and handbooks to see if you have any contractual obligations in terms of the redundancy process particularly for employees on maternity or sick leave, and with regards to the right to be accompanied during the redundancy process. .

Helpful Links

Online tool for working out statutory redundancy pay

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Simpson v Endsleigh Insurance Services 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour


 

 

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Direct download: Episode_45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Redundancy Part 5: Redundancy Pay

The fifth instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 5: Statutory & Enhanced Redundancy Pay

This is the fifth episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The eligibility criteria for a statutory redundancy payment
  • How to calculate continuous service and when it will be extended
  • The relevant date for calculating redundancy pay
  • When an employee will not be entitled to redundancy pay
  • What happens if an employee refuses to work their notice
  • What to do if an employee commits gross misconduct after being placed on notice of redundancy
  • How to calculate redundancy pay
  • How to work out a 'weeks pay' for employees with irregular hours and wages
  • What will happen if a dispute arises about eligibility for redundancy pay
  • What an employee will need to do if their employer cannot afford to pay their redundancy pay
  • Points to consider if you pay enhanced redundancy pay or a discretionary payment

 Action Points

Check your contracts and handbooks to see if you have a legal obligation to pay an enhanced redundancy payment.

Helpful Links

Online tool for working out statutory redundancy pay

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour

 

 Employment Law & HR Update Event

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Direct download: Episode_44.mp3
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Redundancy Part 4: Alternative Vacancies

The fourth instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 4: What to do about alternative vacancies in a redundancy situation

This is the fourth episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why you need to consider alternative vacancies within your organisation
  • The legal obligation upon you to inform 'redundant' employees
  • When you need to search for group company vacancies
  • What you need to do if two or more employees apply for an alternative vacancy
  • Why you must give priority to employees who are on maternity leave
  • Trial periods for alternative employment
  • When it will be reasonable or not for an employee to refuse an offer of a suitable alternative vacancy

 Action Points

Ensure that you have a mechanism in place for informing employees of internal vacancies within your business.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour

Direct download: Episode_43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Redundancy Part 3: Selection

The second instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 3: Selecting Employees for Redundancy

This is the third episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why getting the correct Pool for redundancy is so important
  • How to ensure you select a fair Pool for redundancy
  • When you can have a Pool of one employee
  • How to devise a fair selection criteria
  • What objective criteria to use in your selection
  • Why you should stay clear of subjective criteria wherever possible
  • What you should avoid scoring employees on
  • What information to give to employees about the scoring

 Action Points

Ensure that you have basic recording and measuring of employee performance, attendance and other records to make your life much easier if you do find yourself having to make employees redundant.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour


 

 

 Employment Law & HR Update Event

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Direct download: Episode_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Redundancy Part 2: Consultation

The second instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 2: Consultation

This is the second episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the difference is with consultation for 20 or more employees
  • What a minimum consultation would be
  • How to deal with a Collective Consultation
  • Why consultation is vital for a fair dismissal
  • When you have to notify the Secretary of State
  • How to consult employee representatives
  • What the 'Protective Award' is

 Action Points

If you are considering redundancy carefully calculate the number of employees likely to be redundant as a result within the next 90 days (including those who volunteer).

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

 Polkey Case

HR1 Form 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour


 

 Employment Law & HR Update Event

14th January 2016 at The Point, Eastleigh.

5pm for 5:30pm start

£4.75 per ticket

Get your ticket today as they are limited

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Direct download: Episode_41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT