Since the introduction of the statutory dispute resolution procedures in 2004, employers have grappled with the question of when an employee complaint must be treated as a grievance, to comply with step 1 of the statutory grievance procedures.
An increasing number of people in the UK are choosing to have cosmetic surgery. This is having an impact on the workplace, often putting employers into unknown territory when an employee asks for time off or sick pay for absences following cosmetic or other elective surgery.
One of the main aims of the Work and Families Act 2006 was to encourage both parents to assume childcare responsibilities in the first year of a child’s life. As part of this aim, the Government proposed a new statutory right to additional paternity leave, allowing fathers to take up to 26 weeks’ leave (some of which will be paid) if the mother returns to work after six months but before the end of her maternity leave.