HR Guidance

Dress codes – are bans no longer banned?

David Merlin-Jones

Dress codes are back in the news again this week. The European Advocate General (AG) Kokott gave an opinion in Achbita and anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV (C-157/15) that a security company’s ban on headscarves in its dress code and its subsequent dismissal of a Muslim woman, who refused to take hers off, was Read More

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Brexit and EU employment law: Breaking up is hard to do

Felicity Gemson

It’s easy to think of European laws and judgments that have made life challenging for the HR world over the years, transforming workplace policies and practices in areas such as working time, discrimination avoidance and redundancy process. Read More

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Contacting employees while on sick leave

Rhiannon Bail

Can employers make contact with employees on sick leave? This question was addressed by the EAT in Private Medicine Intermediaries Ltd and others v Hodkinson, which ruled that in certain circumstances contact may amount to a repudiatory breach of contract and constructive dismissal. Read More

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Bringing dress codes to heel

David Merlin-Jones

High heels are a hot topic this week, and not just because Christian Louboutin’s summer collection is out. An outsourcing agency ordered a female worker home because she was not wearing high heels, a requirement of the agency’s dress code. The worker, who was employed as a receptionist in the City, questioned why heels were Read More

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Brexit: how should you prepare?

Felicity Gemson

With the countdown underway to the UK Referendum, and the outcome seemingly on a knife edge, it’s sensible to start planning for the impact of a possible Brexit on your workforce. A vote in favour of Brexit is unlikely to mean immediate changes to employment laws and practices, but here are ten practical steps that Read More

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Zika – what are employers obligations?

Sarah Henchoz

Bird flu, SARs, Ebola and now the Zika virus – all terrible diseases with far-reaching consequences for those affected by them. But how does the latest outbreak of the Zika virus affect you as an employer? Clearly, you owe duties of care to your employees, which include not putting them in a situation that could result Read More

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Workspace

Sheila Fahy

As Tim Peake embarks upon his secondment into space for six months, and other workers celebrate the festivities with their co-workers at Christmas parties, it is a timely reminder that almost anywhere can be a workplace in the legal sense. Read More

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