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Podcast: Employment tribunals - the state of play
September 22, 2016 06:21 AM PDT
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The introduction of employment tribunal fees has had a major impact on employment tribunal claims. We discuss the latest figures for tribunal claims and look forward to the future of employment tribunals, including plans to make all first-instance tribunal decisions available online and the possibility that employment tribunals will be replaced by an Employment and Equalities Court within the civil court structure.
Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Stephen Simpson.

Employees who no longer have the right to work in the UK
September 15, 2016 02:46 AM PDT
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If an employee loses the right to work in the UK, the employer needs to take action or risk civil and criminal penalties. However, the employer must also consider its employment law obligations towards the individual.

In this week's podcast, we discuss how employers should deal with a situation in which an employee no longer has the right to work in the UK.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Clio Springer.

Podcast: Introduction to the gig economy
September 08, 2016 04:23 AM PDT
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The "gig economy" has received considerable media attention recently, with a number of public protests taking place by gig economy contractors and several high profile employment tribunal claims underway.

In this week's podcast, we consider the employment law issues raised in these cases. We also discuss how to address the risks faced by organisations that hire freelancers through web applications.

Presenter Bar Huberman is joined by Qian Mou.

Podcast: Family-friendly leave
September 01, 2016 06:42 AM PDT
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There are a number of different family-friendly rights and it can be difficult to keep on top of them. We discuss the various types of family-friendly leave, including: who is entitled to the leave; the amount of leave available; any requirements for the leave; and whether or not it is paid. We also touch on the Government's plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Sarah Anderson.

Graduate recruitment and probationary periods
August 25, 2016 01:47 AM PDT
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This week's podcast focuses on recruitment. We look at the results of our recent survey on graduate recruitment, including the starting salaries organisations are paying graduates and trends in how organisations attract graduate candidates.

We also give an overview of probationary periods, including dismissal during or at the end of a probationary period.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Michael Carty and Susie Munro.

Podcast: Holidays - unauthorised absence, cover and contact
August 18, 2016 07:43 AM PDT
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Various issues can arise when employees take holiday. An employee may fail to return to work when due, or the employer may not have granted the leave in the first place. We discuss how employers can limit and deal with this type of unauthorised absence, as well as the steps that employers can take if employees fail to make arrangements for vital work to be covered in their absence. We also consider if it is reasonable for employers to contact employees while they are on holiday. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Clio Springer.

Podcast: Substance misuse in the workplace
August 11, 2016 07:56 AM PDT
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Drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace can be a sensitive topic. We discuss how employers can support employees with substance misuse issues and respond to drug- or alcohol-related incidents in the workplace. We also provide guidance on drug and alcohol testing and discuss recent employment tribunal cases in this area.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Qian Mou.

Podcast: Impact of removal of default retirement age
August 04, 2016 06:49 AM PDT
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Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, we highlight four key retirement issues that have come before the tribunals and courts. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Stephen Simpson.

Podcast: Works councils and employee participation
July 28, 2016 08:33 AM PDT
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Worker representation is in the news after the Prime Minister promised to put workers on the boards of large companies as part of her plan to reform boardroom governance. We discuss the structures currently available for worker representation in the workplace, the role of works councils, the relevant law and the practical implications for employers.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Fiona Cuming.

The Trade Union Act 2016
July 19, 2016 01:48 AM PDT
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Consultant editor Darren Newman joins us to discuss the implications of the Trade Union Act 2016 for both public- and private-sector employers.

Darren explores the likely impact of the Act, including the following key features:

new rules on ballot thresholds and ballot mandates;
electronic balloting;
notice periods for industrial action;
picketing; and
changes to the check-off procedure and facility time in the public sector.

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