Ramadan and holiday entitlement

24 April 2019

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Single sex teaching

9 April 2019

We are a mixed school but we attract far fewer girls to our sixth form than boys. Our governors are looking at a variety of ways to remedy the situation and have suggested we offer single sex teaching in the sixth form. Is this allowed?

Autism call for evidence

1 April 2019

Why has a “call for evidence” been launched on autism and how can people respond?

Settlement agreements — mutual agreement

28 March 2019

I am really fed up with one of my employees. He has refused to accept a generous settlement agreement. Can I now dismiss him now rather than go through a lengthy disciplinary process?

Settlement agreements — tribunal claims

28 March 2019

Can I be certain that conversations with and letters to an employee about a settlement agreement will not subsequently be used against me at an employment tribunal?

Dismissals and conduct

21 March 2019

I have an employee who has been with the company for three years whose performance has dipped markedly over the last year. They have become a liability and their behaviour is disruptive. Should I go ahead and sack them?

Dismissals and poor performance

21 March 2019

I am thinking of disciplining an employee for poor performance, which might even result in dismissal. Can you remind me of the importance of the Acas Code of Practice in such instances?

Dismissals and probation periods

21 March 2019

I have an employee on a six months’ probationary period. Their performance is poor. Can I get rid of them immediately, before the end of the probation period?