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Does the ACAS code apply to all dismissals?

The ACAS Code on disciplinary and grievance procedures expressly provides: The Code does not apply to redundancy dismissals or the non renewal of fixed term contracts on their expiry. Why is it important to follow the ACAS Code? Not only does it…

First instance employment tribunal decisions

From Autumn 2016, first instance employment tribunal decisions will be available online. Previously, the only way to obtain judgements was to attend Bury St Edmunds Employment Tribunal to undertake a manual search. The HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has advised that…

Brexit and UK immigration

We all know that immigration was one of the central issues in the referendum debate. Citizens of the European Union, and their families, can exercise the right to live and work in other EU states. What happens now we know…

Bonus schemes: are they really discretionary?

Bonus payments tend to form a significant part of an employee’s remuneration package; and therefore, it is important to ensure that any bonus schemes are considered carefully. In most cases, bonus schemes are stated to be discretionary; however, are they…

Injury to feelings for resting!

Can employees bring a claim for injury to feelings for the failure to allow them to take rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations? No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal. This issue was considered in the case of Santos Gomes …

Immigration Act 2016

The immigration Bill has had Royal Ascent and has now become law. What is the purpose of the legislation? To make it harder for individuals who have no right to be in the UK to live here. How will it do that? By tackling…

Do I have to declare my conviction/caution?

For many healthcare professionals who received a caution or were convicted as an adult, that information will appear on your DBS certificate and will need to be declared in applications for employment. However, there are important exceptions where a declaration…