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Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Employees performing badly: our top ten tips for effective performance management

Employees performing badly: our top ten tips for effective performance management

I’m sure we all have sorry tales to tell about the difficulties (for all concerned) of managing poor performance.  Here’s one which the employment tribunal had to consider recently ( in the case of Mrs Williams V Meddygfa Rhydbach Surgery ):

Investigation overkill: can a disciplinary investigation dig too deep?

Investigation overkill: can a disciplinary investigation dig too deep?

Many readers will have been involved, at least to some extent, with disciplinary dismissals. It is a basic premise of a fair disciplinary dismissal that it must have been preceded by a reasonable investigation. But what exactly is a reasonable investigation? I’m afraid the typical lawyer answer is that it’s going to depend on the circumstances! However, in summary, an investigating officer will need to consider a broad range of issues including: 1) how many witnesses they need to speak to; 2)...

Bosses CAN’T snoop through your emails

Bosses CAN’T snoop through your emails

Early last year, I wrote an article about a privacy case decided by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).  The case itself was not particularly interesting.  The newspaper coverage however, was astonishing with front pages screaming “Your boss can now read EVERY Facebook and WhatsApp message you send at WORK”. 

GDPR - Get Data Protection Ready: here’s what to do…

GDPR - Get Data Protection Ready: here’s what to do…

Ok, so it’s not really called Get Data Protection Ready, although I think that’s a more catchy (and at this stage arguably more apt) name for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  But it all boils down to the same thing: as I explained in last week’s blog , like it or not, the GDPR is coming and by 25 May 2018 it’s essential you are ready.

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