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The effect of an Employment Tribunal member falling asleep during a hearing

You are at an Employment Tribunal hearing. Both you and the other side have a legitimate expectation that the decision makers will stay awake during the hearing. If one of them falls asleep, it must render the decision unfair. Surely! Not so, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Elys...

Starting the Training Contract

Having spent months eagerly awaiting the start of my training contract, it comes as no surprise that these past 2 weeks have flown by. As I’m sure most trainees will experience, the walk through the office doors on your first day will be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of your...

Lament

Beauty amidst suffering and despair often coexist: children laughing and playing in a war-torn area or a hand outstretched in kindness to a person in desperate need. The poem which has become part of our nation’s consciousness symbolises this well: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the...

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Draft regulations have been put before Parliament to make changes to the way eligible employees, who are parents of children, can take parental leave and pay. If these regulations are approved, eligible parents of children due to be born or adopted on or after 5th April 2015, will be entitled to...

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