Not the Acas Code of Practice

Not the Acas Code of Practice

Hopefully everyone in HR is aware that employees have a right to take either a work colleague or union representative into most grievance and disciplinary hearings. The guidelines are set out in the Acas Code of Practice. There is no mention of clowns. Occasionally,...
Getting a workplace investigation right

Getting a workplace investigation right

It isn’t easy being an employer. Carrying out an investigation at work will fill many of you with dread. A properly conducted investigation is key to a fair disciplinary and grievance process – and particularly important where dismissal is a possible...
Third of flexible working requests are rejected

Third of flexible working requests are rejected

The TUC recently reported  that one in three requests for flexible working are being refused by employers. What are the risks involved by saying ‘no’ to an employee? One in three (30%) requests for flexible working are being turned down.   Flexi-time is...
Is your employment contract  fit for purpose?

Is your employment contract fit for purpose?

The employment contract is probably the most important document you can give your staff… but costly mistakes are far too common.… especially when using an old template or buying a “one size fits all” contract online. Not updating contracts regularly Employment law is...
IR35 – what does this mean for your business?

IR35 – what does this mean for your business?

IR35 is tax legislation which was introduced to address a particular kind of tax avoidance – individuals might try to avoid paying income tax and national insurance by supplying their services through a personal service company (a PSC) and paying themselves...
Disciplinary investigations – going too far

Disciplinary investigations – going too far

It is  basic law that a  fair disciplinary dismissal must include a reasonable disciplinary investigation.  But what is that, exactly?  How much detail must you include in your investigation, how many witnesses must you interview, how far back do you have to go, how...