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Past criminal offences - forgiven but not forgotten?

Dear Auntie We have recently undertaken Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau checks) against all members of staff working on a project for one of our biggest clients, SuperClient.  They recently added a new...

Societe Generale v Raphael Geys: PILON decision will affect employers

On 19 December 2012, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the ongoing battle between Mr Geys and Societe Generale over the termination of Mr Geys’ employment contract. Fox Williams advised Mr Geys throughout his successful litigation. In this...

Love Contracts : How can employers deal with an office romance?

With Valentines Day just around the corner many are planning that special something for their loved ones. But should an employer be worried if their employees are preparing to spend those special moments with a colleague? The increasing tendency to spend...

Top Tips for handling the impact of adverse weather conditions on your business

It’s the season for heavy downpours, blustery gusts, snow showers and frosty mornings, all of which are nothing more than we would expect of our weather at this time of year. However in recent times we have started to see the elements around us...

Status update on Facebook: Smith v Trafford Housing and other tales we like

In this news update we look at a recent case regarding Facebook posts which raises a number of questions: where is the line between freedom of expression and conduct in keeping with employment obligations?  Does it make a difference if views are...

Summary of where we are with the various Government consultations into simplifying/updating employment law

We were bombarded through the autumn with news of the Coalition’s proposals on reforming employment law via various initiatives and from various government departments. As a result there are currently a number of consultations currently underway. ...

Top Tips for a Claim Free Christmas

Over the past few years a number of clients have faced complaints from employees about colleagues’ unguarded behaviour at staff Christmas parties. You don’t want a discrimination claim brought against you as well as having a hangover, but at the...

Auntie looks at the problems involved in waiving claims against an employee

Dear Auntie One of our senior employees is leaving the company under a bit of a cloud. We have agreed to enter into a compromise agreement with him. Now he is asking the Company to waive claims against him and to provide an indemnity for him if he is sued...

Dealing with dodgy expenses: how to spot it, how to handle it and how to prevent it

We are seeing an increasing number of employees helping themselves to extra cash from their employer, in the form of false expenses.  The examples range from partners in top city firms falsely claiming over £1 million to the odd claim for...

Disciplinary and dismissal cases update

hrlaw takes a look at three recent cases which covered issues as diverse as an employer’s ability to re‑discipline for the same offence, whether an employer can withhold a payment in lieu of notice if it discovers gross misconduct after the...
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