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EAT ruling on carry over of holiday pay gives employers greater certainty

The relationship between workers’ rights, their holiday and how those rights are affected by sickness absence has been a much debated subject in recent years.  A particular issue has been to what extent a worker on long-term sick leave, who has...

Top tips for avoiding the summer holiday blues

It’s that time of the year again – when the summertime holiday requests keep rolling in, causing some employers a degree of apprehension. You might be worried about having to manage the numerous holiday requests made at the same time, not all of...

Auntie considers whether obesity falls within the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010

Dear Auntie, I am an HR manager and we have an employee who can be medically described as obese. This employee has a poor sickness record and has been absent from work due to various conditions including asthma, depression, a bad back and chronic fatigue...

Out with the old: Can we retire an underperforming older worker?

Dear Auntie I am the HR manager of a company specialising in IT support. In 2011 we scrapped our company retirement age of 65 because we do not think we would be able justify having one. Since then a number of our employees have continued working past the...

Auntie looks at the carry-over of annual leave due to sickness and maternity leave

Dear Auntie, I am a HR Manager and am unsure of what the law currently prescribes in relation to the carrying over of annual leave that remains untaken at the end of the year due to sickness or maternity leave. Our current company policy dictates that a...

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...

Depression and the workplace - when working longer hours can damage your health

A new study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the University College London has concluded that employees who work more than 11 hours a day are twice as likely to suffer from major depression as those working regular 8 hour days.  That...

The Olympic Games 2012: One year to go - are you ready?

Dear Auntie With only one year to go to the London Olympic Games, we need to start planning and getting in shape! The summer holidays always cause a headache for us in the HR team, but we are expecting August 2012 to be even more challenging when the...

Progressive medical conditions

The Equality Act 2010 (the “Act”) prohibits discrimination in employment in respect of a number of ‘protected characteristics’ including disability. Before an employee can complain that they have suffered discrimination because of...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...
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