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
Laura Morrison of Dentons looks at employer responsibilities under the law
Cornerstone attracting buyers for retail properties .
Wholesaler CJ Lang has appointed Christie & Co to sell eight of its Spar branded stores across Scotland .
Steady as she goes seems to be the trend for Scotland’s convenience sector in 2019, according to commercial property firm Christie & Co .
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 .
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
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
‘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
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
Mark Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, looks at the law regarding rest breaks
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
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 .
The importance of ensuring consistent treatment of employees on different types of contracts has recently been reinforced by the Employment Appeal Tribunal
Dentons experts offer some employer dos and don’ts
Commercial property specialists Cornerstone points to successful deals completed in 2018 as a sign that there is a market for decent Post Office sites