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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Summer Interns


The holidays are approaching fast. For most, it’s a chance to enjoy a well-earned break in the sun. For students nearing graduation, it could be time to head to your office for their summer internship! For many potential interns, this will be their first time in a professional work environment, and they’re looking to you to learn the ropes… but creating a valuable learning experience and still making the most …

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Hospital Staff Fired Over Ed Sheeran Data Offence


“Not another one…” Over the past few months, most of you will probably have had this thought after opening your inbox to find it full of emails asking you to opt-in under the GDPR and most of you, like me, will have clicked the delete button – but a recent case reveals just how important it is to know where you stand with the new legislation. Two staff members at …

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Mental Health Week 2018 – How To Support Mental Wellbeing In The Workplace


When someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their mental health, it’s only natural to want to help – but when that person is your employee, how do you walk the line between your professional and personal instincts? Monday 14th May marks the beginning of Mental Health Week and though awareness in the workplace is growing, less than half of people diagnosed with a mental health problem have told their …

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“Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind?” Almost Half Of UK Workers Think A Tidy Desk Will Lead To A Promotion


It’s common knowledge that most employees need to feel like they can progress at work to stay motivated, but some research indicates the path to promotion could be changing. According to the CEO of EchoSign, “You’ll be paid well if you work hard and do a good job, but you probably won’t get promoted all that far on those efforts alone”. Managers are increasingly looking at leadership skills, initiative and …

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Former Primark Employee Awarded Over £47,000 Damages In Transgender Discrimination Case


This month, an employment tribunal awarded a former Primark retail assistant over £47,0000 in damages when she was constructively dismissed from their Oxford store after suffering harassment for being transgender. Their HR staff used Alexandra De Souza E Souza’s birth name on the IT system and changed her title from Miss to Mr. The error was printed on her name badge and time sheets, leading to her supervisor repeatedly calling …

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Police Constable Wins Indirect Discrimination Case Against Norfolk Constabulary


In the recent case of Chief Constable of Norfolk V. Coffey, the EAT ruled it was unlawful to reject a job applicant because the employer thinks they have a condition that may become a disability in the future. When Lisa Coffey, a police constable at the Wiltshire Constabulary, applied for a transfer to Norfolk, she disclosed that she suffered from upper-range hearing loss but had successfully passed a functionality test …

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Staff With Short Service – Can I Just Fire Them?


The short answer? Yes.   The long answer? Well that’s a little bit more complicated.  Whether it’s a case of misconduct or a performance issue, an instant resolution can be tempting when an employee just isn’t up to standard. After all, everyone knows that an employee must have two years’ service before they can claim unfair dismissal – but that doesn’t mean an instant dismissal is a good idea.   You might think you’re protected by the length of service and in some ways, you are, …

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Unfairly Dismissed British Royal Legion Employee Wins Tribunal Case


  CASE STUDY: This month saw a claim for constructive dismissal being brought against the Royal British Legion after one of their case officers, Carolyn Bickerstaff, claimed she was bullied by her line manager, Mr. France, and unfairly treated by the HR department. When Miss Bickerstaff voiced concerns over workload, she was given an unsupportive response from her manager that led her to confidentially email the HR department. This email …

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