Are employers prying too far into employees’ private lives? With HR decision making increasingly influenced by checks on social media activities, drug and alcohol screening and CCTV use, the lines have become blurred between privacy and business interests.
There have been a couple of recent cases at the Employment Appeal Tribunal which have looked at the use of covert surveillance in the workplace. In the most recent case (City and County of Swansea –v.- Gayle),…Read More
#JustSaying. They say that less is more. Res ipsa loquitur... “The thing speaks for itself”. Or, as the hashtag goes on Twitter: “Just Saying”. Could you sum up your career in 140 characters? That’s what I’ve tried to do over the last two years – posting employment law tips on Twitter in 140 characters or fewer, using the hashtag #EmploymentLawTip. Forget the Latin maxims and legal prose ... just punchy tips on HR and employment law in bite-size chunks. 140 of them, no…Read More
There are two sides to the employment relationship - employee and employer. That much is clear. What about an employment dispute? When things go wrong in the workplace and it escalates into dispute, there may be a multitude of different positions and principles at play, but generally it will still boil down to those same two sides - employee and employer.
Despite the Government’s continued attempts over the years to improve procedures to resolve workplace disputes, conflict is…Read More
The power of three. I have been thinking a lot about this with the launch of our new brand and our newly merged firm of Burness Paull & Williamsons LLP (Burness Paull) on 1 December. Good things come in threes. There is a certain symmetry to it. Having three separate offices of equal size and with a focus on quality in each of the three major cities in Scotland certainly gives us a competitive edge.
It also got me…Read More