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28
Apr 2017

Employment Tribunal makes an award of £2 for breach of right to be accompanied

In a recent case an Employment Tribunal considered whether an employer had breached an employee’s right to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing and if so, what level of compensation would be appropriate. In the case the employer had a policy of refusing to allow employees to be accompanied by two brothers who were union…

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28
Apr 2017

The Government publishes its response to a report on high heels and workplace dress codes

Back in December 2015 an agency receptionist was sent home without pay after arriving at work in flat shoes, in contravention of the dress code which required women to wear 2-4 inch heels. The story was widely reported and the individual involved started a petition, receiving 150,000 signatures, which called for changes in the law. The…

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28
Apr 2017

‘Some other substantial reason’ employment dismissals

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered the question of whether there is a higher threshold for an employer who seeks to dismiss an employee fairly for ‘some other substantial reason’. Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, there are five potentially fair reasons to dismiss, the final one being ‘some other substantial reason’ which…

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27
Apr 2017

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Your Business – Safeguarding for Succession

Every year we renew our home insurance, car insurance, life insurance etc. to cover an occurrence with may or may not happen as a safeguard or a  ‘just in case’.  As a business or company owner you try to cover all aspect of safeguarding your assets but it is also important to consider what may…

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26
Apr 2017

Thousands of cancer patients being sent away three times without a diagnosis

A study has revealed that GPs are failing to spot cancer in tens of thousands of patients and seven in ten people who had the illness picked up in casualty had it missed by their GP.  Around 32,000 of these patients visited their GP three times without a diagnosis. The research was undertaken by Public…

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25
Apr 2017

Shrewsbury hospital trust warned a decade ago over baby heart monitoring

It has emerged that the hospital trust being investigated in relation to seven baby deaths over a two year period, was warned ten years ago that it needed to improve its maternity services and that there were issues with the way it carried out foetal heart monitoring. The Health Care Commission became involved in the…

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