Employment Relations

Suspended from work for over a year

  Several years ago a middle manager at a college of further education told me she had been suspended from work for over a year. She was still on full pay, but completely barred from contacting colleagues because, it was alleged, she had failed to meet her performance targets. As a result, a disciplinary investigation… Continue reading Suspended from work for over a year

Employment Relations

With the right approach and planning, that difficult conversation can be easier

When I was a union representative I heard a lot of tales from members about their managers. Their bosses, so it seemed, tended to fall into two main camps. In one corner were those managers who took the heavy-handed approach to problem solving. Issues were resolved, or so they thought, by shouting at and bullying… Continue reading With the right approach and planning, that difficult conversation can be easier

Employment Relations

Can I be sacked because of all the sick leave I am taking?

Last year, a somewhat worried friend asked me if she could be sacked because of all the sick leave she had been taking. The short answer to such a question is yes, possibly, but it depends very much on the circumstances and the approach taken by the employer. The friend - I'll call her Alice… Continue reading Can I be sacked because of all the sick leave I am taking?