Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Using social media to keep up appearances

Social media is everywhere, including in the workplace. Laura Morrison, an employment lawyer with Dentons, discusses what retailers can do to try and minimise their reputational risks online .
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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
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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

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 .

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.
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#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.