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Mission Impossible? – Hospital’s obligations to cure dying relationship

Akinwunmi – v – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is the perfect example of when employment law reaches the limits of its usefulness in HR practice. For a fuller description of the facts, see Chris Lynn’s blog http://www.employmentlawworldview.com/when-20-months-unauthorised-absence-is-still-an-unfair-dismissal/. For our purposes, however, Dr Akinwunmi fell out with five of his neurosurgeon colleagues over … Continue Reading

Sticks and stones – the real story

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” goes the childhood rhyme.  Really?  Let’s not kid ourselves.  Words are powerful and can hurt just as much as the childhood alternative of a wrist-burn behind the bike sheds. But bullying is not just an issue in the playground. It is also … Continue Reading

Did You Know?

Last month the Australian Fair Work Commission made its first formal bullying finding since the introduction of new anti-bullying laws at the start of 2014. The Commission found that two employees of a small real estate business subjected to repeated unreasonable behaviour by a property manager had been bullied at work within the meaning of … Continue Reading

Carry On up the Consulate – UK Court of Appeal bottoms out foreseeability rules

If an employee is unfairly treated in the course of an internal investigation, grievance or disciplinary procedure and suffers depression as a result, will the employer be liable?  Only if the depression were a foreseeable result of the unfair treatment, said the Court of Appeal last month in Yapp -v- Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  That … Continue Reading

Attention California Employers! Required Training for Supervisors Must Now Include an “Abusive Conduct” Component

California law currently requires that most employers provide sexual harassment prevention training to supervisory employees every two years.  In light of the attention being given to incidents of “workplace bullying,” California has now passed a law (AB 2053) amending Government Code section 12950.1 to require training on the prevention of “abusive conduct” as a component of … Continue Reading

“Crazy Miss Cokehead” – when banter goes too far

 Most workplaces do (and indeed probably should) have a degree of daily workplace banter between employees within the workplace.  It’s usually part of the oil which keeps the machine running happily and smoothly.  But when does the banter cross the line from a little reciprocal mickey-taking and verbal jousting to help the day go past … Continue Reading
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