VIDEO: Permission to be in the UK

Our latest video is available to view on the Refreshing Law YouTube channel – please click here to be redirected and watch Anna discussing a recent immigration case and highlighting the need to check employee’s status to work in the...

Can we increase the penalty on appeal?

When somebody appeals against a warning they will be hoping to either have the penalty reduced or the decision that the imposition of a warning was unfair in the first place. Can the penalty actually be enhanced? Can the decision maker decide that the original finding...

It pays to be honest

The recent case of Rawlinson v Brightside Group Limited 2017 illustrates that sometimes trying to do an employee a favour and hide the fact that the real reason for dismissing them is their performance can come back to bite you.  In this case, the employee was not...

Sometimes HR should be ashamed of itself

As a solicitor I get to see the whole panoply of good and best practice, but I also get to see the actions HR shouldn’t be proud of too. Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly angry at the way organisations see fit to treat other human beings and worry that...

#MeToo: how to address workplace harassment

You would have to have been in a very remote internet and radio free location to have failed to notice the swell of attention on sexual harassment in the workplace currently absorbing Westminster but potentially affecting any workplace as the use of the hashtags...

Knowledge November

Your average Employment Tribunal bundle these days contains print outs from social media feeds.  This illustrates the extent to which social media has pervaded the workplace; like it or not as employers we have to address such a rise from the use of social media....

The burden of proof

Section 136 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to any proceedings relating to a contravention of the Act.  Subsection (2) says “if there are facts from which the court could decide, in the absence of any other explanation, that a person (A) contravened the provision...