Employment legislation and HR issues surrounding part-time working; flexible working; temporary work.
Collective and Trade Union Issues
Collective bargaining; consultation; trade union recognition; trade union membership; industrial action; trade union representatives; redundancy and notification of unions.
Contracts of Employment
Articles and case law surrounding the employment contract; varying contracts; zero hour contracts; temporary and agency contracts; written statement of employment particulars; continuity of employment; vicarious liability.
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
Case law and legislative updates around the principles of data protection; access rights; personal data; data protection policy; safe harbour; data protection regulation.
Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
Disciplinary cases; disciplinary hearings ; disciplinary investigations; disciplinary penalties; disciplinary procedures; dealing with misconduct; arbitration; mediation; settlement; bullying and harassment.
Discrimination and Equality
Discrimination cases; disability discrimination; reasonable adjustments and accommodation; equal opportunities; risks of discrimination; employment equality decisions; harassment; victimisation.
Health and Safety
Cases, laws and codes of practice surrounding employee health and well-being; risk management; accidents at work; working environment; safety of work equipment; stress; work-life balance.
Case law, legislation and other issues surrounding the rights and freedoms included in the European Convention on Human Rights that impact workplace practice and policy; ethics and values; personal appearance; behaviour; diversity; equal opportunities.
Pay and Conditions of Employment
Wages; allowances; pay levels; pay statements; pensions; statutory payments; minimum wage; family-friendly allowances; sick pay; itemised pay statements; deductions/reductions from wages.
Updates on legislation related to pension schemes; pension age; pension eligibility; pension contributions; taxation on pensions; auto-enrolment.
Policies and Procedures
Relevant articles and case law surrounding an organisation's policies and procedures including IT and social media; equality and diversity; organisational culture and behaviour; ethics and values; staff handbooks.
Issues concerning probation policy; probation periods; probationary reviews; probation checklist; employers’ obligations during probation; termination during probation.
Recruitment and Selection
Recruitment procedures, job specification, short-listing, reasonable adjustments, references, special employee categories, vetting procedure, criminal record, discriminatory advertisements, selection interviews, interview records, retention strategy.
Redundancy and Reorganisation
Articles and case law related to redundancy consultation; redundancy selection criteria; redundancy pay; alternative employment; voluntary redundancy; collective redundancies.
Sickness and Absence
Case law, articles and HR best practice related to short and long-term sickness and absence management; rehabilitation; return to work; sickness absence reporting.
Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)
Cases and articles concerning the application of TUPE; information and consultation; impact of transfer on terms and conditions; post-transfer period; refusal to transfer.
Tribunal Practice, Procedures and Jurisdictional Issues
Tribunal and adjudication procedures, rules & regulations, penalties and jurisdiction; ADR; WRC/LRA/Acas; remedies; awards; compensation; costs; time limits.
Unfair dismissal case law and legal commentary covering issues such as fairness of dismissal; dismissal for misconduct; requirement of continuous service; awards of compensation.
Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures)
Articles, legislation and case law relevant to whistleblowing issues including detrimental treatment; prescribed persons; public interest disclosures; remedies for detriments.