Employers should ensure that where a disciplinary hearing leads to a finding against an employee, an appeal is always offered – otherwise they risk a legal claim, a ruling has clarified.
Employers may suspend employees as a first response to a potential disciplinary matter without it being a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence between them, provided there is reasonable and proper cause, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Employers entitled to access an employee's personal internet accounts on a company phone or other device should avoid changing the security details on those accounts as this may breach their duty of care towards the employee, a ruling makes clear.
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Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.
Acas guidance for both employers and employees on workplace bullying and harassment
Acas step-by-step guide for all employers of all sizes on how to go about conducting a disciplinary investigation, from deciding whether an investigation is necessary through to submitting a report.
Acas advice for employers and employees on disciplinary procedures, covering common questions and answers. Includes a short video covering whether an employee can be disciplined or their employment terminated while on sick leave.
#AccountingToo: Sexual harassment all too common
The article reports on the trends of the sexual harassment incidents involving accounting professionals. Topics discussed include the various forms of harassment both in men and women such as inappropriate questions, innuendo or joke, the various factors contributing to less prevalence of the incident such as the work pressure, the size of the firm, and professionalism, and the concerns of women accountants on how their firms respond to the sexual misconduct in their firms.
What now? Not all harassment makes the headlines - but there are hard and fast rules every business facing allegations should follow.
The article discusses sexual harassment allegations made within the U.S. entertainment industry and offers tips for businesses facing such allegations. Topics include the tendency for companies to ignore transgressions or trivialise them despite a clear definition of sexual harassment presented under Great Britain's Sex Discrimination Act, the Equality Act's protection of individuals making claims and organizations against hypersensitive individuals, and the importance of corporate culture that welcomes concerns and complaints.
Everybody's got the right to be happy
Why are so many professionals unhappy in their jobs? The author highlights three important factors: ambition, doing what’s expected of us, and overwork. All of these are harmful when taken to extremes. Employees should use their emotional intelligence to understand the psychological traps they are prone to.
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