As well as our regular summary of cases, news and legal updates, this month we're looking at two aspects of disciplinary procedure which have come under the spotlight thanks to recent cases: suspensions and final written warnings. Both are important for employers to get right to reduce the risk of a successful tribunal claim.

Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are another topic which have been highlighted in recent case law. A powerful tool in a company's armoury when used appropriately, these clauses may afford less protection if they aren't drafted correctly.