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Employment law lessons from BBC's Bodyguard (May contain spoilers!)

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Here is our "Bodyguard" special covering six employment law issues that arise in the recent BBC series.

Lesson 1 - RIPA Explained

RIPA 18 was the downfall of Julia Montague, the Home Secretary, in BBC's Bodyguard. Far from being a total work of fiction, RIPA (or to give it its full name, The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) is very much a real thing. Read more

Lesson 2 - Relationships at Work

In the #MeToo environment, viewers of Episode 2 of BBC's Bodyguard  may have drawn breath at the enfolding sexual relationship between bodyguard David Budd and the person he is assigned to protect, Home Secretary Julia Montague. Read more

Lesson 3 - How To Deal With A Suicidal Employee

Suicidal employees are, thankfully, not a subject that many employers will have to deal with. However, with viewers of BBC's Bodyguard on the edge of their seats (spoiler alert if you have not already watched episode 4!) Read more

Lesson 4 - Are You Unconsciously Discriminating?

Warning! This article contains serious spoilers so do not read unless you have finished watching Bodyguard or you don't mind the plot being totally blown open (pardon the pun!) Read more

Lesson 5 - Get Out... You're Suspended!

Many employers have succumbed to a knee-jerk reaction in the heat of the moment and suspended an employee from work, especially where there have been allegations of misconduct against the employee. However, many live to regret that decision as suspension is only appropriate in limited circumstances. Read more

Lesson 6 - Dealing with an employee showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress

The success of BBC drama Bodyguard has highlighted the issue of post traumatic stress disorder, or “PTSD” as it is known for short. The causes of PTSD are wide ranging and not confined to war veterans. It can be triggered, for example, by an unexpected death in the family, a serious road accident or being the victim of an assault. Read more

This guide is for general information and interest only and should not be relied upon as providing specific legal advice. If you require any further information about the issues raised in this article please contact the author or call 0207 404 0606 and ask to speak to your usual Goodman Derrick contact.