Monday, July 22, 2019
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Claire McKee

Avoid discriminating on a religious basis

Several cases have examined discrimination on the grounds of an employer’s religion or belief, as opposed to an employee’s. Claire McKee, of Dentons, looks at the challenges of these claims .
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Supporting staff with disabilities at work

Laura Morrison, an employment lawyer with Dentons, looks at what retailers’ responsibilities are concerning staff with disabilities .
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Automatic unfair is one to be aware of

Facing an unfair dismissal claim can be a daunting prospect for an employer, but an allegation of ‘automatically unfair dismissal’ adds a further dimension to such cases, as specialist Fiona Gorry explains

A caring approach for retail employers

Laura Morrison of Dentons looks at employer responsibilities under the law

Investing in retail

Cornerstone attracting buyers for retail properties .

Eight Spar stores put up for sale

Wholesaler CJ Lang has appointed Christie & Co to sell eight of its Spar branded stores across Scotland .

C-stores will stay solid despite risks

Steady as she goes seems to be the trend for Scotland’s convenience sector in 2019, according to commercial property firm Christie & Co .

Staying on the right side of work checks

All employers have a responsibility to prevent illegal working in the UK by ensuring that their employees have the right to work here. In the retail sector, where stores often have to hire quickly to cover difficult shifts, the pitfalls of employing an illegal worker can be a real risk .
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Pension obligations for part-time staff

In an industry where working hours often vary for staff on flexible employment arrangements, the advent of pension auto enrolment has left many retail businesses unsure as to who has to be included in the company scheme. Mark Hamilton of Dentons offers practical advice

The early bird gets the licensing worm

With 2019 now upon us, the first batch of personal licence renewals will be due by September. The Scottish Government has advised personal licence holders to submit their renewal application by 31 May 2019, but licensing specialist Janet Hood has suggested retailers apply even earlier than that

A fine line between banter and bullying

‘It was only banter’ is an often-used excuse. Mark Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, looks at a recent employment tribunal case showing that, surprisingly, this defence can work. However, while staff may enjoy friendly jokes on shift, managers still have to know where to draw the line

Overwhelmed by overtime? Don’t be

With the busy Christmas period upon us, many retailers will once again be relying on staff working overtime to make the most of the increased footfall. Claire McKee, an associate in the employment team at Dentons, looks at the impact of overtime and other incentives on the season’s holiday pay
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Make sure you let staff take a break

Mark Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, looks at the law regarding rest breaks

Retailers be aware of the right to care

Employees who need time off to look after children or older relatives can be hard to accommodate in the busy retail sector. However, there are certain minimum allowances that must be made by law. Dentons partner Mark Hamilton explains employee rights when it comes to caring for dependants
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Misconduct can be a tricky dismissal

When an employee’s bad behaviour goes too far and becomes a problem for the business, managers and owners tend to feel justified in dismissing for misconduct. However, even straightforward cases can lead to a tribunal .

Employer obligations to zero-hour workers

The importance of ensuring consistent treatment of employees on different types of contracts has recently been reinforced by the Employment Appeal Tribunal

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