Is Big Brother watching you?

Debbie-Haskell-150x150As my colleague previously blogged, in the recent case of City and County of Swansea v Mr D Gayle, the council had employed a private investigator to covertly film an employee who had been seen at the local sport centre when he should have been working. Mr Gayle unsuccessfully claimed that the filming breached his human rights and therefore his dismissal was unfair. So does this give employers the green light to secretly film their employees? W-e-l-l not quite.

The case certainly assists an employer in deciding in what circumstances they can secretly film their staff but in reality its application will be limited. Why? Well, this is not a new arena in employment law and there have been previous cases that have already set some benchmarks. Continue reading Is Big Brother watching you?

You’re Fired!

Debbie-Haskell-150x150On the 29th July 2013 the government will alter legislation affecting how an employer negotiates with an employee to encourage them to leave the workplace.

Settlement Agreements

This is nothing new I hear you say, as compromise agreements have been around for some time. This is true and in effect the Government have re-named these ‘settlement agreements’; it reasons that in doing this the “…term more accurately describes their content and will help to avoid any party refusing to sign an agreement on the grounds that they do not want to be seen as ‘compromising’.” Continue reading You’re Fired!

“We live we die and the wheels on the bus go round and round”

Sarah-Varani-150x150“Empires collapse, Civilizations disappear, Health deteriorates, bodies turn to ash, but life will always go on”

A bucket list of 50 things to do before you die might include sky diving and swimming with dolphins but bearing in mind the above musings one of the items on the list should probably be making a Will. A Will is much more than a means of distributing your property when you’re gone especially if you have children. Even if you already have a Will you should make sure it is kept up to date, for example if you remarry then an existing Will is revoked. Continue reading “We live we die and the wheels on the bus go round and round”

“I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!”

Sarah-Varani-150x150Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, forecast that this summer will see “all sorts of records broken”. He said: “If this continues we are looking at the longest heat wave since 1976, with temperatures consistently soaring into the high 80s and 90s.There is no end in sight to this. Current systems show it could last through August with the chance of 100F before things start cooling down. In terms of ­maximum temperatures and the extreme prolonged nature of this heat wave, this summer could see all sorts of records tumble.” Continue reading “I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!”