WorkLife entries posted during January 2014

Watch out, there’s snow about.

Watch out, there’s snow about.

Mr Shaw feared for his staff. It was snowing, hard. The winter of 2010 was a severe one, motorways were closed, and Mr Shaw had a team of sales staff on the road sliding all over the place. So, he sent an email to his health and safety manager asking for some advice about what his team should do – was there a policy, and had a risk assessment been carried out? No, was the answer. Mr Shaw emailed again. “The team are under a lot of pressure to keep out on the roads at the moment and it is...

Hush money?

Hush money?

“We are deeply concerned about the use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment contracts in the public sector”. So begins the summary of the recently published report of the Public Accounts Committee into confidentiality clauses and special severance payments. Public sector organisations be warned!

Collective Redundancy Consultation: Employers’ obligations will remain unclear a while longer as Court of Appeal seeks CJEU decision

Collective Redundancy Consultation: Employers’ obligations will remain unclear a while longer as Court of Appeal seeks CJEU decision

The 2013 EAT decision in Usdaw v Woolworths was greeted with a sharp intake of breath by multi-site employers (and employment lawyers) and the subsequent uncertainty seems set to continue in 2014 after the Court of Appeal referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on two points of European law.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful; but a day off is so delightful…

Oh, the weather outside is frightful; but a day off is so delightful…

The snow/torrential rain is falling.  It is lunchtime and the office is still only half full.  What is a manager to do? Following on from Claudia Rooney’s recent post on issues arising during adverse weather conditions. I set out below some answers to common questions asked on this topic:

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