WorkLife entries posted during August 2014

Two wrongs don't prevent a fight

Two wrongs don't prevent a fight

Two wrongs don’t prevent a fight: an employer cannot defeat a constructive dismissal claim by arguing that an employee was already in fundamental breach of contract but compensation can be reduced to nil

Malky Mackay and the spiralling consequences of "private" text messages

Malky Mackay and the spiralling consequences of "private" text messages

As the FA and the unforgiving British press rake through offensive text messages sent by the former Cardiff City manager to his head of recruitment, we consider how Malky Mackay's private communications have made their way into the public domain.

Redundancy - be prepared to think outside the box

Redundancy - be prepared to think outside the box

A redundancy process can often be littered with potential pitfalls.  On a very basic level, employers need to place employees at risk of redundancy; embark on a genuine consultation process; apply objective selection criteria to any pool for redundancy; consider whether there are any alternatives to redundancy and, assuming there is no alternative, dismiss the employee on the correct notice – sounds simple? Well, not quite.  Redundancy processes can provide HR professionals with some serious...

#employeefail or #unfairdismissal?

#employeefail or #unfairdismissal?

I can hardly pick up a newspaper at the moment without reading about workplace social media mishaps.  This week, I’ve learnt about a disgruntled gastropub worker who used Twitter and Facebook to launch an expletive tirade against the business, a journalist who is suing his former employer newspaper for dismissing him after pornographic photos appeared of him online and discovered that over 800 police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines in the past five years.

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