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Is a dismissal without following a prior process always unfair?

David Merlin-Jones and Abigail Holmes

Not always. A fair process is a prerequisite for a fair dismissal, but in exceptional circumstances an employer can dispense with the process and still dismiss fairly, the EAT has confirmed in a ruling handed down this week. While fact-specific and therefore to be treated with caution, this could prove useful for employers managing or Read More

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Financial services nudging the diversity agenda

Sarah Henchoz

Culture, culture, culture The impact on business as usual has been felt by all sectors in one way or another. But for those in financial services, the Financial Conduct Authority has made it clear that there will be no downgrading of its regulatory expectations in relation to culture. As far as the FCA is concerned, Read More

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More than a Hashtag: How do I become an active ally?

Nicola Bartholomew

Growing up in rural Scotland and the Peak District, I had an exclusively white childhood. In fact, I am embarrassed to admit that I did not study or play with anyone of another race until I went to university. Thankfully, today, my world is a lot different. I love living and working in a diverse Read More

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The injustice of Covid-19 coronavirus – time to step up

Rachel Reeves

Never have we needed role models more than in the face of a pandemic which shows no signs of retreat in the present climate. A huge shout out today for Marcus Rashford, a 22-year-old Man United forward, who has spoken up in support of extending the school meal voucher scheme in England. Openly sharing powerful Read More

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Are employers liable when an employee goes off on a frolic of his own?

Poppy Kevelighan

Away from Covid-19-related workplace issues, there has been some good news for employers in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (Morrisons). In a data protection case, the court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, holding that Morrisons was not vicariously liable for a data breach perpetrated by a disgruntled employee.  Read More

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Will workplace reintegration be more complex than the lockdown?

Sarah Henchoz

It is fair to say that the last few weeks have been challenging; for the purposes of this blog I am talking only from a workforce planning perspective, recognising that, for many, the challenges have been far greater professionally and personally. We have all had to quickly get acquainted with very new concepts (who had Read More

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Delay to IR35 reforms: FAQs

Rachel Reeves

Planned changes to IR35 (or the ‘off-payroll working rules’) in the private sector will be delayed until 6 April 2021, the Government has announced, to relieve pressure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be welcome news for clients (engaging contractors via personal service companies or ‘PSCs’), agencies and contractors who are not Read More

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