1. St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers, greeting card manufacturers, fainting and epilepsy and protects travellers and happy marriages.
Epilepsy is likely to be a disability under the Equality Act 2010. It is one of many disabilities that might be regarded as ‘invisible’. Employers need to be particularly alert to disability that may be hidden. Do not rule out that the possibility some conduct or behaviour may result from disability
2. The British Museum has a letter that is regarded as the oldest valentine in existence. Charles d’Orléans was captured by the English at Agincourt and kept prisoner for twenty-five years. Whilst a prisoner he wrote poetry, including a St. Valentine’s Day note describing his sadness at being parted from his love.
During a redundancy process the possibility of alternative employment should be considered. Employees may have skills you are not aware of. Make enquiries about all your employee’s skills.
3. Kisses are bisous in France, swsus in Wales, baci in Italy, Küsse in Germany, поцелуи in Russia, and 接吻 in Japan.
In a 2012 case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a decision that it was an act of direct discrimination when an employer told an employee, who was Polish, not to “use her own language”.
4. In the 15th century the seat of emotion was thought to be the liver as well as the heart. Burmese and Malay describe breaking your liver, not your heart.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, requires employers to ensure a safe place of work and safe systems of work. Clear rules about coming to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs and about drinking alcohol or drug taking while at work addresses risks associated by consumption of alcohol or drugs. These are often covered in a Substance Misuse Policy.
5. In Japan Valentine’ Day is celebrated by women giving chocolate to men..! Fortunately, there is then “White Day”, on March 14 when men give cookies, candy or white chocolate.
Men and women should receive equal pay for equal work. The UK has long had legislation enshrining that in law yet the gender pay gap remains. The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 are a step to address this and come into force on 6 April 2017 and are mandatory for businesses employing more than 250 employees.
6. In nineteenth-century Britain, some sent a “vinegar valentine” to those they did not like such as,
‘Tis a lemon that I hand you. And bid you now “skidoo”, Because I love another – There is no chance for you!’.
An employment contract includes implied obligations on the employer with regard to the self-esteem and dignity of the employee. Case show that the use of foul and abusive language may breach that contract. An aggressive or abusive management style may be a breach of contract.