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Hello!
Welcome to our last update of 2022.
As we see an increasing amount of change going on in organisations, it's no surprise that our opening case this month relates to Redundancy. This particular decision shows the importance of going through a fair and meaningful consultation process. We have tonnes of guidance to help employers through change, which we have shared with you in this month's update.

And with Saturdays news on the behaviours within the London Fire Brigade, there couldn’t be a better time to attend our last Mock Investigation of the year. If the mere mention of the word investigation fills your managers with dread, this workshop will help you as HR professionals support your line managers, and give you an 'oven-ready' structure to use when investigating, to make sure that everyone stays impartial, managers are confident and your investigation will stand the test of the tribunal if it needs to.

And finally from me, we've got some key reminders for HR teams as we head into Christmas party season!

Enjoy your celebrations, and we will see you in January.

Stephen Foster
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New Case Law
Redundancy
The case of In Mogane v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust went all the way to the EAT, and serves as a great reminder of the importance of meaningful consultation.

Settlement Agreements
In Bathgate v Technip UK, the EAT
has given advice on the kinds of
claim that a settlement agreement can legitimately compromise. Read the full case below.


Whistleblowing - Compensation
The Supreme Court case of Jhuti v Royal Mail makes for grim reading, but there are plenty of learning points that we can take from the Judgment.

Gross Negligence Dismissals 
Is producing bad wine a good enough reason to dismiss an employee? The employment tribunal in Medard v Rathfinny Wine Estate seemed to think so...


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On the Horizon
Discrimination - Protected characteristics
A senior UN official is calling on governments to add socio-economic disadvantage to the discrimination protected characteristics, here's the latest...


Menopause
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause (APPG) has published a report on policy reform which includes a chapter on menopause in the workplace. Here is a summary of the recommendations.


Pregnancy & Baby Loss
The CIPD has published a report showing there are gaps in workplace support for employees who have lost a pregnancy or a baby. Here's the latest practical advice...


Pregnancy & Maternity Protection
The government last month confirmed it was backing the Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Bill, giving pregnant women and new parents more protection against redundancy. What do you need to know?

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Events & Resources
Mock Tribunals are back
for 2023! Secure your place now.
Back by popular demand!

We have 3 new dates in the diary and a new claim of discrimination. With your help, the Judge will make a decision based on the evidence – has there been direct discrimination and/or a constructive dismissal based on Jude’s transitioning?

Secure your space now!

Is Mistletoe a Defence to Sexual Harassment?
Christmas party season is here. It’s important for teams to get together, let their hair down, improve morale, team spirit and build relationships with their colleagues. But the answer to this question is quite clearly no.

So, if you are going out this weekend on your works ‘do’ – remember these key points...


LAST REMAINING DATE:
Mock Investigation 
Do the words ‘we’ll need you to do an investigation’ fill your managers with dread?

Are investigations in your organisation time consuming, unstructured and stressful?

This Mock Investigation workshop delves into a true-to-life case study that we know you’ll relate to. We’ll be putting our tried and tested techniques for planning and conducting an investigation through their paces together, live during the session. Book your free place now!

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