Webinar – Returning to work in a COVID-19 era: a Q&A

As the UK has passed the peak of infections, employers around the country are asking, how do we return our staff to work? COVID-19 has required all businesses in every sector to make changes and to adapt to the current circumstances. In some instances staff have been asked to go on to furlough leave, to take unpaid leave, to work reduced hours and......

Agile Working after Lockdown

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, briefs the nation on a gradual relaxing of the UK’s lockdown, many employers are starting to consider how best to bring employees back into the workplace. In our recent AHRC Twitter poll, an overwhelming 91.7% of respondents said their business would be more prepared to allow homeworking once the lockdown is li......

Twitter Poll – Will your business allow homeworking once the lockdown is lifted?

Will your business be more prepared to allow homeworking once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted?  Please click here and complete the Ashtons HR Consulting Twitter poll.  We will share the results at a later date. 

Successful constructive dismissal claim for Secretary who was asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment process

In a recent case heard at a Bristol Employment Tribunal, Hobbs v Avon Care Homes, a secretary has successfully claimed constructive unfair dismissal after being asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment practices. Hobbs and recruiting manager, Rea had found a suitable candidate for a Care Home Manager vacancy. Managing Director, Bila was......

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

Update! Following on from yesterday’s article an employment tribunal has held that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so entitles ethical vegans from protection against discrimination. The claimant Jordi Casamitjana, a vegan activist and animal rights campaigner held that he was dismissed from his position at The League Against Cruel S......

Watch this space – potentially significant TUPE decision

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) protects the rights of employees when the business they work for or the contract they work on transfers to another organisation (e.g. acquisition of business, insourcing or outsourcing). It has been understood that those protected within the scope of TUPE are employee......

CJEU looks at question of carry over of holiday

The Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the question of whether annual leave must be carried over from one leave year to another if the employee was prevented from taking it in the current leave year due to sickness absence. In the Finish case of TSN v Hyvinvointialan the answer was yes, but only in respect of the four weeks prov......

Employees rights during IVF treatment

More and more couples are turning to IVF treatment for help to have a baby. With infertility affecting one in seven couples in the UK, it is important that employers recognise the significance of understanding what IVF treatment involves and that different employment rights apply at different stages of the process. What is IVF? In Vitro Fertilisa......

Change to May Day Bank Holiday in 2020

Due to the 75th anniversary of VE day in 2020, the Government have announced a nationwide change to Bank Holidays next year.May Day is usually the first Monday in May, but in 2020, it will be replaced by a public holiday on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.The change to the Bank Holidays may have implications for your busine......

Mental health is currently a priority for East Anglian businesses

A straw poll of over 100 Human Resources (HR) professionals, taken at a conference in the region this week, revealed that 94% are now taking positive steps within their businesses to support their staff’s mental health.  The Conference - hosted jointly by Ashtons HR Consulting, law firm Ashtons Legal and recruitment specialists HAYS - had ment......

Positive action to increase diversity must not amount to discriminatory treatment

In February, the Liverpool Employment Tribunal heard that Cheshire Police had not given a job to an individual because he was white, male and heterosexual, due to the Police force’s diversity drive at the relevant time.  Mr Furlong, the applicant, was told at interview that he could not have done any more. Ultimately, he was denied the role o......

Shared Parental Pay can be lower than Maternity Pay

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in the much anticipated combined appeals of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextail. The question before the court was whether it was discriminatory to pay men taking Shared Parental Leave less than any enhanced Maternity Pay given to women on Maternity Leave.......

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