Seeing red over Virgin blouse wars

The Virgin blouse wars throw a spotlight on the thorny issue of the extent to which employers can enforce a dress codeDress codes at work have always been a thorny issue. Can your employer force a dress code no matter what, or are there constraints on their ability to do so? The subject is again […]
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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 issueWhen 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 threatened […]
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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 roughly between […]
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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 FacebookWorkers 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 bullying […]
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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 allowedHave 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 such […]
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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 exchange […]
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