Welcome back! We know it has been a while since we have published our bi-monthly newsletter but we have been waiting to unveil our new website.  Having re-branded, we thought we needed a new website to boot. Hopefully you will find it more interactive so please take the time to have a look! Over time we hope to dazzle you with videos but in the meantime, please do follow us on our social media profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter.

As ever, we have a jam-packed newsletter for you. I am delighted to say that I have recently been announced as a finalist in the working women’s Venus Awards. I also almost had the opportunity of being on TV to discuss the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Amin Abdullah and how the issues of wellbeing in the workplace must include considering mental health issues (but in the end, got “pipped to the post” by a politician!) In light of the heightened focus on mental health, I was also really pleased to feature in People Management magazine to discuss the BBC’s Bodyguard series and what employers should do if an employee is showing symptoms of PTSD.

Our newest recruit, Cicely Slatter, has prepared a helpful summary on an Employment Appeal Tribunal case (DL Insurance Services Ltd v O’Connor), where it was upheld that disciplining an employee for 60 days’ sickness absence amounted to disability discrimination.  Given that we regularly advise on such matters, please do get in contact if you find yourself dealing with similar issues.

Daniel Stander and Fudia Smartt were also very happy to have another article placed in the prestigious Employment Law Journal, this time providing advice for employers on how to write references in light of the High Court decision in Hincks v Sense Network Limited.

Fudia Smart has also written a piece on the David Fotheringhame v Barclays plc case where the former managing director who was dismissed after an order from a New York regulator who not only won his unfair dismissal claim, but also successfully sought  reinstatement of his job.  This case is of interest because typically reinstatements are very rare. This therefore begs the question whether we will we be seeing a surge in successful requests for reinstatement and/or re-engagement. Only time will tell.

And last but certainly not least, Lailaa Bettis (Associate) has a wealth of experience in acting for women complaining of issues such as pregnancy-related detriment and maternity discrimination. In light of this,  she provides a useful reminder to employers of their obligations for mothers returning to work.

Before I go, I am delighted to announce that Fudia Smartt and Claire Dewhurst have both recently given birth to two beautiful babies, Eliana-Faith and Evelyn. We wish them all the best for their maternity leave and are very much looking forward to meeting Eliana-Faith and Evelyn soon!

Last but not least, we are thrilled that the Hine Legal team have been listed in The Times “Best 200 Law Firms” list with a special commendation in employment law! We are excited to continue building on our success and commitment to providing an excellent service to you all.

I do hope you enjoy reading our newsletter – do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised within with a member of the team here at Hine Legal.

Best wishes

Jane Wheeler