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Witness Statements and what you should bear in mind

Witness statements form an important part of the disciplinary and grievance procedures and employers should be aware of some tips for gathering reliable statements. Employers have an obligation to undertake a fair procedure which will include attempting to obtain...
What do we mean by Performance Management?

What do we mean by Performance Management?

When we think about performance management, we tend to think of the annual appraisal process to ensure that targets have been met throughout the year, and set goals for the following  twelve months in line with organisational strategies and goals. However, this is...
What happens when your staff turn up for work and are hungover?

What happens when your staff turn up for work and are hungover?

Tis the season to be jolly…but this one can occur all year round. With the festivities rapidly approaching, what are the risks for businesses with people over indulging in the celebrations with 1 or 2 too many Eggnogs and then attending work next day, some what worse...
Can an employer say no to a flexible working request?

Can an employer say no to a flexible working request?

Yes they can, so long as they can show that they have given the request due consideration and haven’t discriminated. It is not uncommon for employees returning from maternity leave to request flexible working. Agreeing to changes may cause a detriment to the...
Fired for putting disabled daughter first

Fired for putting disabled daughter first

In a unusual case at Employment Tribunal, a Belfast mother has won a disability discrimination case against the community advice centre that employed her. Maria McKeith was awarded £19,000 in compensation after she successfully brought a claim against her employer,...