Dismissal: Hints, Tips and Solution-Focused Answers for Employers in Scotland

  • Thu 11th November 2021 until Thu 17th March 2022
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  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 8 thorny questions: Directly from 6 of Scotland’s Sharpest Lawyers

  1. Home-working

    How far can HR go in satisfying itself that home working employees are fulfilling their contractual hours?

    Answered by: Gillian MacLellan of CMS

    Gillian is "solution-driven and knows how to make the law work for her clients." She is praised for her "fantastic service, her response times and commercially savvy advice."

  2. Mental health

    How can HR effectively control absence and mental health, e.g. frequent short-term absences or immediate absence after commencement because of an undisclosed condition?

    Answered by: David Walker of Morton Fraser

    David is "sharp, pragmatic and wise" - "one of Scotland's most experienced employment lawyers." His "reputation, especially for tribunal representation, is enviable."

  3. Bullying and harassment

    When - actually - is a robust management style bullying and harassment, e.g. they belittle me, ignore me, override me, are rude to me?

    Answered by: Simon Allison of Blackadders

    Simon “excels at translating difficult legal concepts into layman's terms and building confidence.” He is one of Scotland's "Lawyers of the Year."

  4. Performance

    What are HR's legal and practical options if performance management has led to stress and, consequentially, absence and a refusal to return to work?

    Answered by: Noele McClelland of Thorntons

    Noele is "a problem-solver”, superb at unfair dismissal proceedings; she “really understands the practical application of employment law within an organisation."

  5. Disclosure

    What is an accused employee's right to disclosure, e.g. witness statements or the outcome of a grievance procedure?

    What can and should HR withhold?

    Answered by: Jack Boyle of Blackadders

    Jack is "a rising star; matching the very best for talent." He is "a great communicator; giving clear and structured advice in a way that a lay person can understand."

  6. Reasonable adjustments

    Drawing on the most recent decisions, how are the courts balancing reasonable adjustments with everyday business reality, and how should HR respond?

    Answered by: Frances Ross of Clyde & Co

    Frances advises on discrimination, redundancy and disciplinary issues. "She excels at managing the processes and coming up with clear and pragmatic solutions."

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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