Jemma Pugh and Susan Evans: When the ‘Harlem Shake’ cause a stir

You may have heard of the latest global internet dance sensation, ‘the Harlem Shake’. Perhaps you’ve even participated in one of these 30 second dance videos which are proving hugely popular on the social media site YouTube. Presumably keen to be a part of this craze, students from Oxford University’s St Hilda’s College recently made…

Susan Evans: What can you do if one of your employees does a ‘Tevez’?

You may have seen the recent coverage of Carlos Tevez ‘ refusal to play in Manchester City’s game against Bayern Munich earlier this month. Whilst football clubs and players may seem quite far removed from the usual ‘employee – employer’ relationship the same considerations do still apply. If you are an employer faced with an…

Susan Evans: The Royal Wedding Public Holiday – Implications for Employers

Many have welcomed the news of the additional day’s holiday in 2011 for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, for many employers the feeling may not be mutual. The Working Time Regulations 1998 currently entitle a worker to 5.6 weeks paid annual leave per year, subject to a maximum of 28…

Susan Evans: When does banter become sexism

Most of us will have heard reported the recent dismissals of the Sky Sports presenters, Andy Gray and Richard Keys, for berating a lineswoman during a recent football match. This case has highlighted the legal and ethical issues concerning so-called banter in the work place. The presenters disagreed with the lineswoman’s decision and commented about…