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Night Working | Employment Law & Employee Rights

Night Working | Employment Law & Employee Rights

According to a recent report from the Night Time Industries Association the UK’s night-time economy is Britain’s fifth biggest industry, accounting for a minimum 8% of the total UK workforce. In some night working cases such as hospital work, armed forces and care work, these shifts are essential in the running of the organisation. It’s […]

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Whistleblowing And The Cost To Your Business

Whistleblowing And The Cost To Your Business

If you fail to spot and act upon whistleblowing (otherwise known as making a protected disclosure), the damage to your business can be immense. What can start off as a seemingly straightforward complaint can be used by the cynical employee (or worker, both are covered by the protecting legislation) or their legal advisor to fashion […]

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Ethical Veganism now a Protected Characteristic in Employment Law

Ethical Veganism now a Protected Characteristic in Employment Law

Following a Preliminary Hearing on January 2nd and 3rd 2020, Norwich Employment Tribunal found that the Claimant’s “Ethical Veganism” is a philosophical belief and therefore it falls within the protected characteristic of Religion or Belief under the Equality Act. Whilst this is not a binding judgment for future Tribunals, it means that it is potentially […]

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Can an Employee Refuse Training? Here’s What You Need to Know

Can an Employee Refuse Training? Here’s What You Need to Know

As is the case with many issues in employment law, whether or not an employee can legitimately refuse training if it’s offered depends on their particular circumstances and general context. While there is no specific legislation covering this aspect of employee relations, there are governmental acts and statutes that could influence your decision, such as […]

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Managing Health and Safety in the Construction Industry

Managing Health and Safety in the Construction Industry

In April 2015, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) came into force. These regulations apply to all construction projects regardless of their size. Under CDM regs a Construction Phase Plan must be produced to manage health and safety throughout the whole of the project. This document should include key information to managing the hazards […]

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Health and Safety Basics | Getting it Right for your Business

Health and Safety Basics | Getting it Right for your Business

According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics there were 147 fatal injuries to workers and 69,208 non-fatal injuries to employees reported by employers in 2018/2019. Each year, the HSE and Local Authorities target key industries and problem areas to help reduce these figures further and where appropriate will take the necessary enforcement action. We […]

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A Guide to Restrictive Covenants

A Guide to Restrictive Covenants

Here at Wirehouse we get many questions regarding restrictive covenants and the desire for employers to restrict what an employee can do once their employment has been terminated. The starting point for employers is to understand that any contractual term which restricts a former employees activities would be unlawful as a restraint of trade and […]

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Dismissing an Employee With Under 24 Months’ Service: What You Need to Know

Dismissing an Employee With Under 24 Months’ Service: What You Need to Know

If your business has recently employed an individual who is performing below expectations, what are your options? Can you dismiss them without following the typical disciplinary process? Are there risks associated with doing so? Here, we examine the legal implications of dismissing an employee within 24 months of joining the business. Dismissing an Employee | […]

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