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Is the right to respect for private life and correspondence breached if employers monitor employees’ personal communications at work? This was the question facing the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a recent case brought by a Romanian employee following his dismissal. The ECHR ruled that subject to reasonableness and proportionality that employers have… Read More

Shock Bills For Stolen Phones – Who pays if it is a company mobile?

There has been a lot in the press recently about delays in reporting lost or stolen phones leading to the phone’s owner receiving bills for use of the phone before the network is informed. Sometimes these bills can run into hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Not surprisingly someone coming into possession of a stolen… Read More

GETTING HIGHer – Significant Increase In Workplace Drug Testing

No-one wants employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol in their workplace. An employee under the influence can be an accident waiting to happen, overly disruptive, or challenging to work with in other ways such as increased levels of absence or poor attention to detail. A report by the BBC has found that workplace… Read More

Is Obesity The New Disability?

A slim chance that it is… Does obesity qualify of itself as a disability? If yes then the duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments could include having to provide bigger chairs and desks, car parking spaces nearer the door or duties requiring less mobility. The Advocate General has stated in a recent European case… Read More