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Does the obligation to carry out a reasonable investigation before dismissing an employee for misconduct require an employer to investigate every line of defence put forward by the employee?

No, said the Court of Appeal.

A Northern Ireland industrial tribunal has applied the ECJ ruling last year that obesity can be a disability and upheld a claim for harassment by an obese employee.

The use of e-cigarettes is still a relatively new phenomenon so it is unsurprising that many employers are unsure about how to control their use in the workplace.

The new system of shared parental leave (SPL) becomes available in just six weeks’ time and, if you haven’t already done so, you can use the remaining time to make any changes to your existing policies in readiness for the introduction of the new system.

A contract of employment, like any other contract, cannot lawfully be altered without the consent of both parties. Normally, therefore, an employer who wants to make a change in an employee’s contract of employment must obtain that employee’s consent.