Employment Alert No 186: Employer's Charter: A Health Warning


On 27 January 2011, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (‘DBIS’) published an “Employer’s Charter”. The Charter is a list of 11 things that DBIS says employers can do “as long as you act fairly and reasonably”, including:

• Making an employee redundant if your business takes a downward turn;

• Dismissing an employee for poor performance;

• Rejecting an employee’s flexible working request if there is a good business reason; and

• Asking an employee about their future career plans, including retirement.

We have included a link to the full Charter in the covering email to this Alert.

Please see full alert below for more information.

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