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December 2016 Edition  

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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin

Our aim is to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the best possible advantages in working with us. This bulletin will be sent regularly to help achieve this aim, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

  Christmas Opening Times


Please note that Hethertons will close at 12.30pm on Friday, 23rd December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our clients and business contacts a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  How well does your business fare when it comes to health and safety legislation?


Hethertons’ Employment team recently produced a questionnaire which enables employers to assess how up-to-date with health and safety requirements they are.

The easy to complete document is now available on the Hethertons website.

Download here

  Workman suffers serious burns after striking power cable


A real estate lettings firm has received a substantial fine after an incident in which a self- employed builder received an electric shock while working on a property in Harrogate.

Michael Phillips suffered 1st and 3rd degree burns to his face, hands, neck and chest, following the incident in October 2015.

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  Sports pundit dismissed over social media posts


A five-time world darts champion has been fired from his job with Sky Sports after he made a number of derogatory comments about gay people and the victims of sexual abuse on social media.

Eric Bristow had played a part in the channel’s darts coverage for over 20 years, but caused a storm of controversy following a recent series of Twitter posts.

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  Concerns over number of people with cancer suffering discrimination


Employees suffering from cancer too often encounter discrimination in the workplace and should expect more support from their employers, a national charity has said.

Macmillan Cancer Support recently revealed the results of a survey, which canvassed the opinion of more than 1,000 workers who have been diagnosed with the illness.

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  Survey highlights the perils of Christmas party season


The results of a recent survey have pressed home the importance of employers setting out what is expected of staff before their Christmas party.

The research, which was carried out by the alcohol education charity Drinkaware, found that more than a quarter of those questioned had regretted something they had done while enjoying the traditional workplace festivities.

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  Long-serving employee suffered “perfunctory” redundancy consultation


An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overruled a previous decision that an employee’s dismissal was fair, having concluded that the redundancy consultation was both “perfunctory and insensitive.”

The claim had been brought by a Mr Thomas who had worked for the financial services giant BNP Paribas for more than 40 years.

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