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Troublesome Employees
We’ve All Got One!

There are very few businesses who don’t have that one difficult employee who just seems to be more trouble than they are worth. They take up a disproportionate amount of management time with their issues and grumbles, are a negative presence in the office, and obstruct rather than support change. They don’t do anything that’s so wrong as to warrant disciplinary action but just make everything so much harder than it needs to be.

Terminating Employment
What Are The Options?

There are so many reasons why employment relationships need to be terminated. There are times when employees just do something wrong (or stupid!); there are times when the business needs to change and new skills are required; there are then times when it’s clear that there’s just no fit between the employee and employer. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the options open to you when you decide that things just aren’t working out.

Covert Surveillance:
Can You Record your Employees?

Back in March we wrote a post about whether employees could use covert recordings as evidence in Employment Tribunals.  However, can employers use covert surveillance when an employee is suspected of wrong-doing?
If your business undertakes CCTV surveillance onsite then you need to ensure that appropriate signs are displayed and that staff are aware that they are being recorded. A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) hearing has seen case law tested in this area.  The case looked at whether employers could undertake covert surveillance in order to prove fraud.

Social Media Usage
When Things Turn Nasty

We’ve written a number of posts now on some of the issues that social media usage can present, some of which can viewed as ‘harmless fun’, others with unintended consequences. There are some forms of social media use, however, that step over the line to become harassment and bullying (both direct and anonymous) which are potentially damaging to your employees and puts your company’s good reputation at risk. What can and should you do when things turn nasty?

Employment Tribunals:
Avoidance is Better Than Cure

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to remove all chance of ever being taken to an employment tribunal (except to not employ people!) as there will always be those people who make a hobby out of these things. There are, however, a lot of steps you can take to both minimise the risk of receiving an ET1 and maximise the chances of a positive outcome if you do face a claim.

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