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TIME OFF

Paid time off for cervical screening?

A female employee requested paid time off to attend a cervical screening appointment. You refused, advising her to take annual leave instead. She’s now alleged that this is sex discrimination. What does the law say?

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Diabetic employee awarded £14,000

A diabetic employee has been awarded £14,000 because her employer handled the disclosure of her medical condition badly. What’s to learn?

CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

No meeting = constructive dismissal

An employee has won her claim for constructive dismissal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal after she was issued with a formal improvement notice by her employer. What did they do wrong?

TIME OFF

Time off for close family bereavements

An employee who has recently suffered a close family bereavement has told you that they will need to take some time off work. What types of leave are they entitled to and how much time off do you need to give them?

MATERNITY

Required to disclose pregnancy?

In May 2019 the tribunal dealt with a case in which the employer argued that an employee should have disclosed the fact she was pregnant when it offered her the job role. Is this correct ?

BANK HOLIDAYS

May bank holiday moved to Friday

The government has decided to move the 2020 early May bank holiday from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May. What do you need to know about this change?

MISCONDUCT

When it’s OK to monitor staff e-mail

In some cases you might suspect that an employee who is leaving is helping themselves to your confidential business information. Does this give you the right to look through their work e-mail account and cloud storage?

SOFTWARE - WINDOWS & ANDROID

Windows 10 and Android

Your Windows PC and your Android smartphone may appear to be two separate worlds. How does the Your Phone app make both devices communicate with each other?

TRANSPORTS - MAPS & ROUTES

From GPS to Google, and vice versa

Suppose you want to see the route you have planned in Google Maps on your GPS device, or to have your own map copied to your GPS, or to convert a hiking route on your GPS into a Google Earth tour. How can you do all of this?

E-MAIL - E-MAIL USE

Too much grey mail? Unsubscribe!

Do you find that so-called “grey-mail” is claiming too large a share of your inbox? High time for a spring clean. What is the best method to get started? Here are our tips.

WEB SERVICES & SOFTWARE - OFFICE

Analyse your texts

Classic word processors are equipped with simple tools to analyse the content of your texts. However, there are web services that take care of this job for you. How good are they?

PERSONAL WEBSITE - WEBSITE PROMOTION

Produce your own logo in Google

Google shows website logos in the search results on smartphones, the idea being that “favicons” can help people find what they are looking for faster. How can you make your website stand out?