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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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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
Claire McKee

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

Employee activity on social media

Dentons experts offer some employer dos and don’ts
Post Office

Post Office sites attract attention

Commercial property specialists Cornerstone points to successful deals completed in 2018 as a sign that there is a market for decent Post Office sites
Alison Bryce

Prepare for GDPR with a data review

Alison Bryce, a partner at Dentons, looks at how the European Union’s sweeping new data protection laws will affect Scotland’s retailers
Mark Hamilton

Ramifications of disruptive weather

Mark Hamilton looks at the ramifications of weather warnings and whether there is an obligation to pay those who did not turn up for work

Unpaid trial periods risk breach of rules

The use of unpaid workers during trial periods and training has gained national attention – what is the legal status of these work periods?

Gender pay law must be taken seriously

The risk of reputational damage means retailers have to take the exercise seriously.
Amanda Jones

#MeToo highlights in-work harassment

With harassment firmly in the public eye and staff empowered to complain, it is important for retailers to have solid policies to create a safe work environment in their stores.
Janet Hood

MUP may not be the silver bullet

Licensing specialist Janet Hood reflects on the long-debated minimum unit pricing measure and considers whether it will have the desired affect on the nation’s health.

The dangers of employing family

Mixing family and business is a long tradition in the grocery sector, but as many will have experienced, it is not always plain sailing

Tread carefully with cash in hand

What are the risks and tax issues associated with paying cash to workers?

Five cases set to make an impact

Tribunal fees, whistleblowing, the gig economy... in the months ahead, these subjects and more will be at the heart of a number of high profile court cases

What’s the cost of taking a break?

A series of court cases over the last three years have made it hard for employers to know what elements of pay should be...