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Employment law SOS: incompetent employee 28/06/2014

Q One of my machine operators produces consistently poor work. I have sent him on countless training courses, but he hasn't got any better at the job. How can I fire him without getting sued?

60 second guide: to disability discrimination 27/06/2014

The Equality Act replaced the Disability Discrimination Act in 2010 as the statutory protection for disabled people. The definition of disability in employment differs from the criteria considered for the issue of disability benefits.

Employment law SOS: employment contracts 27/06/2014

Q I started work at my current employer – a medium-sized manufacturer – about nine months ago, but I have never been given an employment contract. Should I have? If so, what should it contain?

Employment law SOS: alleged victims of theft 16/05/2014

Q One of our shift workers claims to have been the victim of theft. He has alleged that someone stole a substantial amount of cash and an iPod from his locker while he was working. How should we proceed and could we, as his employer, be held responsible for his loss?

60 second guide: to the government's Health and Work Service 15/05/2014

The government's latest statistics show that workers in the UK take in excess of 130 million days of sickness absence per year.

Employment law SOS: requests for time off work 15/05/2014

Q My company – an SME – is under increasing pressure to boost productivity and, to this end, it is 'every hand to the pump' on the factory floor. However, I am receiving more and more requests for time off for training. What are my obligations in this area as an employer?

Employment law SOS: competition from an ex-employee 30/04/2014

Q Our sales director, who has been with the company for more than two decades and has many valuable contacts, has decided to leave and set up a company that will compete directly with us. Is there anything we can do to stop him or, at the very least, prevent him from stealing our customers?

60 second guide: to disciplinary procedures 16/04/2014

Employers that need to formally discipline an employee for misconduct or poor performance should follow their internal procedure, which must comply with the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the code). Failure to comply with the code can result in successful employment tribunal claims and an increase in compensation awarded.

Employment law SOS: managing mental health issues 16/04/2014

Q I have just been offered a job as a senior production technician. However, I suffer from bipolar disorder which I have not disclosed to my prospective employer. Am I obliged to reveal the fact that I have a mental health issue?

Employment law SOS: whistle blowing 19/03/2014

Q My company is involved in what I believe is illegal activity. I have evidence that shows bribes have been offered to secure work overseas. What are the legal consequences for me of 'blowing the whistle' on this?

60 second guide: to grievances at work 18/03/2014

Many organisations have experienced an increase in workplace conflict in recent years with employees more readily using internal grievance procedures.

Employment law SOS: part-time worker rights 18/03/2014

Q I have been employed as a part-time worker at a small manufacturing company for the past three months. I am contracted to work 16 hours a week. However, when I finish my shifts, my manager often approaches me and asks me to work an extra hour or so for free. He has intimated (although not said directly) that I might lose the job if I refuse. What can I do?

Employment law SOS: flexible working hours 19/02/2014

Q I manage a small manufacturing company with just seven employees. Three of them have asked me to let them work flexible hours, but this will cause me real problems in terms of shift patterns. What are my rights as an employer?

60 second guide: to the national minimum wage 18/02/2014

The national minimum wage (NMW) is the minimum hourly rates of pay employers are legally obliged to pay their workers.

Employment law SOS: probationary periods 18/02/2014

Q We employed a machine operator six months ago on the basis of a six month probationary period, during which his employment could be terminated on a week's notice (this notice period was to be increased to three months on confirmation of satisfaction completion of his probation). Although, the employee has achieved all output targets set for him during this six month period, his manager has on-going concerns about his attitude and now wants to extend his initial probationary period by a further three months. Can the employee object?

Employment law SOS: Obligations under TUPE 17/01/2014

Q My company is growing rapidly, largely through acquisition. Because of TUPE, we are obliged to maintain the working rates and conditions of employees we have 'inherited', but this is causing resentment among some of our existing employees who are on a lower rate for the same job. What does the law say about our ability to equalise pay and conditions?

60 second guide: to positive discrimination 15/01/2014

Employers can lawfully take certain positive action to protect individuals who share a "protected characteristic" from suffering a disadvantage, address these persons' particular needs, or address disproportionate under-representation.

Employment law SOS: Bullying at work 15/01/2014

Q One of my employees claims he is being picked on. I have spoken to his colleagues and they deny the accusation. As his manager, what are my responsibilities in terms of workplace bullying and how should I proceed in this case?

Employment Law SOS: Managing stress in the workplace 28/11/2013

Q We have an employee who recently returned to work after two months off with work-related stress. We agreed a phased return to work, but during this time he alleged that his manager was attempting to unilaterally change his duties and he has now gone off sick again. How should we manage this situation and what are the legal risks?

60 second guide: to paternity leave 27/11/2013

Fathers or partners (including same sex partners) who will be sharing the responsibility with a partner for caring for a child (this includes those adopting a child) have the right to take paid statutory paternity leave if they meet certain eligibility requirements.

Employment Law SOS: Three recent changes to the law 27/11/2013

Q I understand that there have been significant changes to employment law over the last couple of months. What are these changes and how might they affect my business (I manage a manufacturing site with around 200 employees)?

Employment Law SOS: Keeping up appearances 16/10/2013

Q Our factory is hosting more and more customer visits and there are a couple of people on the shopfloor who present a very poor image. Can I insist they clean up and smarten up without being accused of victimisation?

60 second guide: to zero hour contracts 15/10/2013

A zero-hours contract is an arrangement used in both the public and private sectors under which a worker has no set hours, is not guaranteed work and is only paid for the work that he or she carries out. Generally speaking, workers are usually expected to be available when the employer needs them to work, but can refuse any offer of work.

Employment Law SOS: Retaining manufacturing know-how 15/10/2013

Q We are a small business that has recently won a sub-contract deal for a major client. Can we introduce a new term into our employment contracts to forbid disclosure of any information on manufacturing processes to stop competitors trying to pinch our people?

60 second guide: to employment tribunal changes 16/09/2013

From 29 July 2013, individuals must pay a fee to lodge a claim at an employment tribunal, unless they qualify for fee remission.

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