Do employers play fair when enforcing a dress code?

As the Kick It Out T-shirt row shows, balancing employees’ rights with company policy is not always a black and white issue When Rio Ferdinand rebelled against the instruction of his boss and refused to wear the Kick It Out campaign T-shirt in the warm-up to Manchester United’s Premier League match on Saturday, Alex Ferguson […]


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Hot under the collar: employee rights in soaring temperatures

Hot weather can make work environments unbearable. What are your rights, and what is your employer obliged to provide? How hot is my workplace allowed to be? There is no set maximum. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) used to say that “an acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK lies […]


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Employers tackle Facebook abuse

A tribunal has upheld a company’s decision to sack an employee for gross misconduct after he posted offensive comments about a co-worker on Facebook Workers be warned: taking to your Facebook page or another social networking site to make derogatory comments about a colleague is not a wise move. Comments that would be construed as […]


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What you can – and cannot – be asked in a job interview

There are strict limits to what interviewers can ask jobseekers – and inquiries about your Facebook password, or your plans to start a family, are just not allowed Have you ever wondered what personal information or data a prospective employer is entitled to ask you for at interview, or their legal obligation to look after […]


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Broken lunchbreak?

Regulations govern minimum work breaks, but are widely disregard by both employers and employees. What is your experience? Hong Kong’s stock exchange traders are up in arms after their lunchbreak was cut to 60 minutes – only a few years ago they could take two hours. The break arises from the complete shutdown of the […]


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