The Post Office scandal proves we need to listen to grievances now more than ever

The recent Post Office scandal drama has been difficult viewing for audiences across the UK. Watching bad things happen to good people makes us all feel angry and uncomfortable, and the reality is...

How an employer can turn a loss into a win at a tribunal

Employers often ask if they’re going to win a claim. Even if a tribunal finds that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, if the amount they award the employee is less than you were willing to pay,...

Conflicting opinions about Israel and Palestine must be dealt with sensitively

The atrocities committed by the terrorist organisation Hamas on 7 October 2023 have reignited the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel launching devastating retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza, a...

When does legal privilege apply in internal investigations?

A recent decision in the Scottish courts offers a stark warning of the need to consider issues of legal privilege at an early stage when conducting an internal investigation.

Organisational safety means facing unwelcome truths

It is perhaps easy with hindsight after a tragedy to see where individuals and organisations failed to apply due diligence, openness and a willingness to listen and instead took a ‘protectionist’...

Sexual assault in the NHS: why HR processes are failing and how to fix them

Recent stories of widespread sexual harassment and assault against female NHS surgeons are truly shocking. 

Do I have the right to free speech at work?

Workplaces, in a reflection of wider society, are becoming more polarised. People are making less effort to understand each other, and are paying less attention to the obligations of respect they owe...

Musk's pledge to pay legal fees for employees treated “unfairly” could create jobs

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur announced via a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, in early August that he will help people treated “unfairly” by their employer due to posts they have put...

Understanding the weight of the law against obesity discrimination

Across the UK, obesity levels have been steadily increasing, with the latest Health Survey for England reporting that 60% of the working age population (16-64-years-old) are now classed as overweight...

Is the gig up for the gig economy? (Part two)

The gig economy continues to be a hot topic for discussion as the UK works on its position on fair work. Dan Cave uncovers the current climate and explores the alternatives.

Met police scandal underlines risks of work group chats

Former Metropolitan Police officers have been charged with sending racist messages on a WhatsApp group under the Communications Act 2003.

Are you currently making unlawful payroll deductions?

July’s Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) decision in the Laing O’Rourke/Willmott Dixon case has turned on its head everything we thought we knew about car allowances and what deductions are...