Employment Law and Regulation

New Beginnings…

By |2024-01-31T00:56:20+00:00January 8th, 2024|Employment Law and Regulation|

A very Happy New Year to you all from all of us at Greig Melville Associates Limited! Looking back, I think that if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that as employers, we have learned to be agile; we’ve surprised ourselves with our capacity to  change our traditional thinking as leaders.  We’ve embraced

Quiet Quitting: A Guide For Employers

By |2024-01-31T00:38:35+00:00June 30th, 2023|Employment Law and Regulation|

We have been noticing a growing trend with employees who have disengaged with their employers doing a disappearing act – simply not turning up for work and being uncontactable - which is incredibly frustrating, disruptive, and time-consuming for management.   It so happened that one of our regular HR publications popped into our inbox yesterday, highlighting

Changes in Employment Legislation 2022

By |2022-11-03T16:28:34+00:00November 3rd, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

After a couple of quiet years in the field of Employment Law, 2022 has seen a number of changes to regulations – as summarised below: 9 May 2022 – Ban on Exclusivity Clauses  The government has announced that it will extend the ban on exclusivity clauses currently in place for those on zero hours contracts to workers

Recruitment and the sponsor licence dilemma:

By |2022-11-03T16:14:06+00:00November 3rd, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

Talent shortages could worsen as only 3.5 per cent of UK employers have sponsor licence, according to recent data Only a small minority of UK employers currently hold a licence to sponsor EU or non-EU workers, despite skills shortages, data shows. Analysis of Office for National Statistics data by Migrate UK found that while unemployment had

Safeguarding Psychological Health in the Workplace

By |2022-09-05T15:27:13+01:00September 5th, 2022|Employee Wellbeing, Employment Law and Regulation|

Safeguarding Psychological Health Claims for mental health issues arising out of employment – collectively known as ’occupational stress claims’ although covering a wide variety of potential causes such as overwork, lack of support and bullying – are not new. They are, however, on the increase and as employers, it is wise to be alive to

How Can I Dismiss An Employee Nicely?

By |2022-09-05T13:13:00+01:00September 5th, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

Letting someone go is tough. Doing it nicely is even harder. In this article we ask the question: “Is it possible to fire someone without them hating me?”  The answer, of course, can be complicated and it will largely depend on the circumstances of the dismissal and your relationship with the employee.  Firstly, why are they

How Disciplinary and Grievance Processes can go wrong…

By |2022-07-05T22:06:48+01:00July 5th, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

There is nothing more frustrating for employers than discovering that an employee dismissed for blatant misconduct has an arguable claim for unfair dismissal. Here are the top 7 examples of how disciplinary procedures can go wrong for employers: Dismissing for a reason not covered by your disciplinary policy You should ensure that your approach complies

Recent Age & Sex Discrimination Case

By |2022-05-10T16:37:04+01:00May 10th, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

A middle-aged woman has won an age and sex discrimination case after her male boss shouted she ‘must be in her menopause’. The incident happened at Essex-based pet food store ‘Embark on Raw’ where Leigh Best, who was 52 at the time, had been working as a sales assistant for a year. Owner David

P & O Boss Admits Firings were Unlawful under UK Legislation

By |2022-05-10T16:05:05+01:00May 10th, 2022|Employment Law and Regulation|

It’s fair to say that the recent sacking of 800 staff by P&O Ferries was absolutely shocking and a poor reflection on the Dubai-owned business. The staff were informed on a Zoom call that the 17th of March was their final day of employment with immediate effect, without warning was given on a pre-recorded call

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee & Related Holiday Requests

By |2022-05-10T16:05:34+01:00May 10th, 2022|Employee Contracts, Employment Law and Regulation|

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee & Related Holiday Requests As part of the celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2 June 2022, with an additional one on Friday 3 June 2022. This change may have practical and contractual implications, and it is vital that employers

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