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Nominate your ‘diversity champion’ today to ensure workforce equality

Caroline Shafar, a highly experienced employment lawyer and director at By Design Group blogs about recent LGBTQ cases, new report findings and shares why all businesses should nominate a ‘diversity champion.’ We celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month in June to recogniseRead more ›

Top tips for workplace Investigations

Top tips for workplace investigations Problems often arise in a workplace setting, but making sure they are dealt with properly, fairly and consistently may require an investigation to take place. It’s often the case that these aren’t dealt with asRead more ›

But it was out of hours – it can’t count?!

Lauren Anderson, HR consultant and principal investigator at By Design Group discusses how ‘out of hours’ is no excuse for unwanted attention from colleagues Jim Hodkinson, 56, a married man with grandchildren, and the chief executive of the New LookRead more ›

Work place well being

Tips for a healthy, happy workplace. I’m all in favour of practice what you preach, and when it comes to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, I’m wholeheartedly committed to making the By Design Group a place to workRead more ›

High Court Success – MHPS and breach of contract claims

High Court Success – MHPS and breach of contract claims We are delighted to have successfully supported our client in its defence of a breach of contract claim in the High Court. The Judgment in the case of Dr AnilRead more ›

The Price of Justice

Tribunal fees – down but not out? On 27th July 2017 the Supreme Court ruled employment Tribunal fees (introduced in July 2017) as unlawful. It was persuaded by UNISON that the fees prevented thousands of employees from getting justice (particularlyRead more ›

LBD appointed to NHS SBS Framework for provision of legal services

LBD appointed to NHS SBS Framework for provision of legal services We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to participate in the NHS SBS Framework Agreement for the provision of employment law services. The LBD team, isRead more ›

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES RULED UNLAWFUL BY SUPREME COURT!!!!

In a ground breaking decision, the Supreme Court has ruled this morning that the Employment tribunal fees introduced by the government in 2013 are unlawful. The consequence of this decision is that from today the fees will no longer beRead more ›

The Disciplinary Process

How to conduct investigations, disciplinaries and appeals The investigation, disciplinary/dismissal hearing and appeal hearing are three crucial stages of any disciplinary process.  In particular, your approach to these stages will often be critical in preventing employees succeeding with any employmentRead more ›

Tackling unconscious bias in staff and the Equality Act 2010

Recent reports suggest that there is growing scientific evidence that our brains work instinctively to categorise individuals based on visible and obvious criteria such as their age, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  Our unconscious thoughts then assign good andRead more ›

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