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Legal Updates

Following Fair Procedures- A Cautionary Tale

I frequently give advice to employers about the risks of not following scrupulously fair disciplinary procedures, even in cases which look like a slam-dunk. Occasionally they look on me with eyes of disbelief as I explain that following procedures avoids unanticipated future problems. Then every so often a case comes along that proves the point.

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Coronavirus and the GDPR

As part of your response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may have taken steps to discourage all but essential visitors to your place of work, but to collect data about those individuals that you have met. For the great majority of us, there is no law that says you must. Collecting data like this is voluntary, but if you do collect it, then the next question is, what should you do with it.

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Furlough – The Next Stage

There are significant modifications to the government’s furlough scheme from 1 July 2020 onwards including new flexibility to bring furloughed staff back to work on a part time basis and continue to be furloughed for the remainder in proportions to be agreed.

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Business Immigration

With many businesses looking overseas to recruit the most capable people that they can to continue their success, immigration law and its requirements are becoming increasingly important. With the recent Brexit vote this is potentially going to become even more so.

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Can you force women to wear at heels at work?

I am sure that many people will have seen the story in the press about the receptionist who was sent home for refusing to wear high heels. When she arrived at work wearing flat shoes, she was referred to the dress code and told to go home without pay unless she was prepared to wear shoes with a heel of between 2 and 4 inches. She refused and was apparently then sent home. The question that this has raised is whether this is lawful.

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