Are employers ready for the return to work?

Are employers ready for the return to work?

The past few months have been challenging for most employees – including managers involved in Human Resources. Many businesses that have been able to remain open during lock down have managed to struggle through.  Those that have only been able to reopen recently, or...

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Employing unpaid carers

Employing unpaid carers

As the UK population ages, the rights of unpaid carers is a growing concern. With over 5 million unpaid carers in the UK,  many individuals are having to balance paid work with their caring responsibilities - so what are the rights of unpaid carers in the UK? Existing...

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Dismissal without a procedure

Dismissal without a procedure

Can employee be fairly dismissed without any procedure being followed, after a breakdown in working relations? Yes (in very unusual circumstances), said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail. The Claimant was a senior manager in the...

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Can employers record video meetings?

Can employers record video meetings?

Many employees are still working from home. At some point, it may be necessary to hold disciplinary meetings, grievances, performance and absence meetings, redundancy consultations and even dismissals remotely, via video call. It might be tempting for employers to hit...

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Furlough fraud – time to act

Furlough fraud – time to act

As of today,  over 25% of the UK workforce is still being supported by the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) at a cost of around £20 billion. How much is being wasted on fraud? Is the scheme being abused? Definitely. Furloughed...

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7. Concluding redundancy consultation

7. Concluding redundancy consultation

The final consultation meeting will involve confirming with the employee that they have been selected - or escaped  redundancy. Redundancy – where to start Who to consult with Who to select for redundancy Alternatives to redundancy Consultation meetings Redundancy -...

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6. Redundancy – scoring employees

6. Redundancy – scoring employees

Once you have established a pool of employees at risk of redundancy and have decided your selection criteria, you will need to start scoring against the criteria. Redundancy – where to start Who to consult with Who to select for redundancy Alternatives to redundancy...

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5. Consultation meetings

5. Consultation meetings

Consultation meetings can be upsetting for everyone concerned. Nobody wants to tell a colleague that their position may be at risk. Being prepared for the series of meetings will help make them at least a little bit easier for everyone. Redundancy – where to start Who...

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4. Alternatives to redundancy

4. Alternatives to redundancy

You can avoid compulsory job losses by planning ahead and looking at other alternatives. Redundancy – where to start Who to consult with Who to select for redundancy Alternatives to redundancy Consultation meetings Redundancy - scoring employees Concluding redundancy...

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2. Redundancy – who to consult with

2. Redundancy – who to consult with

Who should you consult with? Different rules apply depending on how many potential redundancies you may be forced to make. Redundancy – where to start Who to consult with Who to select for redundancy Alternatives to redundancy Consultation meetings Redundancy -...

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1. Redundancy – where to start

1. Redundancy – where to start

Starting the process on your own can feel daunting. It risks becoming drawn out and unsettling for everyone in your business if not handled correctly. Our approach is to give you the tools and confidence to handle a redundancy situation in a legally watertight way,...

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Redundancy: consulting with absent staff

Redundancy: consulting with absent staff

It is all too easy for an employer to get a redundancy exercise wrong – especially when someone is absent from the workplace. Some employers disregard staff on maternity or family leave - or on long-term sick leave, or those currently furloughed. Some employers even...

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Self-isolation: returning to work

Self-isolation: returning to work

With Andorra, the Bahamas and Belgium being the latest countries to be removed from the exempt list, many employees are finding that they are having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to England. As the decision to implement self-isolation when returning from...

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Furlough and redundancy pay

Furlough and redundancy pay

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced employees on furlough leave who are then made redundant will receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage, under new laws being brought in today (Thursday 30 July). Throughout the...

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Redundancy – a pool of one

Redundancy – a pool of one

Sometimes, choosing a redundancy selection pool is easy; for example, where there’s a specific role that is disappearing and just one employee who does it, your redundancy selection pool might be a ‘pool of one’. There can be dangers though. The leading case is...

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Latest furlough guidance

Latest furlough guidance

On 12 June 2020, HM Revenue and Customs published further updates to the official guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - including the flexible furlough. The updated guidance now includes details of how the scheme is to be wound down between July...

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Fraud and the furlough scheme

Fraud and the furlough scheme

According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, the government has already received nearly 800 reports of suspected fraud of its coronavirus job retention scheme. HMRC said it was assessing the fraud reports and anyone with further information could make a...

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Beneficial contract variations and TUPE

Beneficial contract variations and TUPE

Are contract variations which benefit an  employee void if made by reason of a TUPE transfer? Yes, if made by the outgoing employer. Sometimes, employees try to be too clever for their own good... Ferguson v Astrea Asset Management The Claimants were employees and...

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Notice pay when on furlough leave

Notice pay when on furlough leave

Employers are still entitled to give notice of termination (whether on grounds of redundancy, or otherwise) to employees who are on furlough leave. What about their notice pay? There shouldn’t  be any issue about what an employee is entitled to receive in notice pay...

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Job Retention Scheme – Q and A

Job Retention Scheme – Q and A

Dealing with the employment law implications of the Job Retention Scheme is difficult - especially if you don't know what your options are when it comes to your staff. Many employers aren’t clear on what they can and cannot do. We have been busy with questions from...

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Coronavirus – sources of information

Coronavirus – sources of information

As you will be aware, there is a considerable volume of out-of-date, inaccurate and unhelpful information available to the public online.  In addition, many employees and employers do not have easy access to guidance from employment lawyers at an affordable cost. We...

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Coronavirus: advice for employers

Coronavirus: advice for employers

Dealing with the employment law implications of the coronavirus is difficult - especially if you don't know what your options are when it comes to your staff. Some employers are are getting it badly wrong. To help you make the best decision for you and your staff, we...

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Increases to the National Minimum Wage 2020

Increases to the National Minimum Wage 2020

Further to the budget announcements , the changes to rates of the  National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been confirmed for April 2020. These are in line with the recommendations that were made by the Low Pay Commission. They are as follows: Current rate  (From April 2020)...

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Sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment at work

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a technical note on Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work. It claims to be "the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law and best practice in tackling harassment." It's definitely worth reading,...

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A birthday to remember – age discrimination at work

A birthday to remember – age discrimination at work

A legal secretary who claimed she suffered age discrimination when her colleagues asked about her 50th birthday and sent her a card has had her case dismissed by the Employment Tribunal. According to the judgment, Miss H Munro of Salisbury firm Sampson Coward LLP,...

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Period-friendly HR policies

Period-friendly HR policies

As research finds women would be more likely to want to work for a company that has a period-friendly policy in place, one UK company aims to empower employees throughout their menstrual cycle. Intimina UK has become the first known company in the UK to introduce HR...

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Employment law 2020 – Free Seminar

Employment law 2020 – Free Seminar

Employment Law 2020 - Invitation to our Free Seminar 2019 was supposed to be a quiet year for HR professionals and employment lawyers. That’s not quite how it turned out... To help support our clients, we have teamed up with  24-7 Staffing  to offer a FREE briefing to...

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Why do the IR35 changes matter?

Why do the IR35 changes matter?

What are the IR35 changes and why do they matter? IR35 is tax legislation which was introduced to address a particular kind of tax avoidance...and the law is changing in April 2020.  Where do they apply? The IR35 changes apply where individuals supply their services...

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Queen’s speech – what’s in store?

Queen’s speech – what’s in store?

The Queen’s Speech at the opening of Parliament set out details of new employment law legislation that the Government intends to carry over and introduce in the next Parliamentary session. What’s in store for employment law? Employment Bill The Government is proposing...

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What are employee share schemes?

What are employee share schemes?

Employee share schemes can be a useful way recruit, motivate and retain staff. They are becoming increasingly common in contracts of employment for senior staff - and new start-up companies looking to attract talent. Merely transferring some shares to employees is...

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Disability discrimination: sickness absence triggers

Disability discrimination: sickness absence triggers

Dealing with sickness absence can be challenging and an effort for businesses to be seen to be treating everyone equally – but when an employer fails to adapt their sickness absence ‘trigger point’ for a disabled employee, they may be  discriminating by failing to...

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Does TUPE apply to workers?

Does TUPE apply to workers?

Until now, the response would have been a definite “no, TUPE affects employees only”. However, the London Central Employment Tribunal has recently ruled that TUPE protection extends to “workers” too. At this point it is worth noting that the decision was only at...

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How much annual leave can be carried over?

How much annual leave can be carried over?

It has been an age since there was an update on holiday pay and annual leave. Full-time employees generally receive 5.6 weeks’ annual holiday. This is made up of a four-week minimum entitlement plus 1.6 weeks’ to reflect our public holidays. The worker may be...

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Employment contracts – new ‘day one’ obligations

Employment contracts – new ‘day one’ obligations

Many employers don’t give enough importance to having an employment contracts.  In April 2020, the law is changing. Apart from giving you a fighting chance of protecting your business and setting out what is expected of your staff, there are direct financial...

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New guidance on managing menopause at work

New guidance on managing menopause at work

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has published new guidance to help employers manage and support the impact of menopause in the workplace. The ACAS guidance highlights some of the common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause and sets out how...

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Asda – what is the employment contract dispute about?

Asda – what is the employment contract dispute about?

The supermarket chain, Asda, is locked in a dispute with around 300 of its staff, who have refused to sign new employment contracts. The supermarket gave its workers until midnight on Saturday to agree to new terms, which include unpaid breaks, changes to night shift...

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When can you suspend an employee?

When can you suspend an employee?

Should you suspend and employee? Sadly, the default reaction of many employers is to suspend the employee – whatever the allegation. In instances of serious misconduct, an employer may wish to suspend the employee under investigation. This may be appropriate, for...

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Dealing with drunk or hungover staff

Dealing with drunk or hungover staff

How should employers deal with staff who attend work suffering the after effects of too much alcohol the night before? It isn’t unknown for some employees to come to work hungover or still drunk. A recent case heard by a regional court in Germany has decided that...

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PSNI discriminated against constable with moustache

PSNI discriminated against constable with moustache

A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after a Tribunal found the Police Service of Northern Ireland was wrong to transfer him out of his unit for refusing to shave off his moustache. What was the background? In January 2018, the Police Service of...

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Injury to feelings awards – a subjective test

Injury to feelings awards – a subjective test

Injury to feelings - how do Tribunals decide the level of damages in discrimination cases? This was at the centre of the case of Komeng v Creative Support Limited. The Employment Appeal Tribunal decision provides a well-timed reminder that when considering injury to...

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Investigation reports – changing your conclusions

Investigation reports – changing your conclusions

Will changing the conclusion in an investigation report for a disciplinary hearing make the dismissal unfair? This was the issue the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to consider in Dronsfield v The University of Reading. What was the case about? Dr Dronsfield was the...

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Clawing back training costs

Clawing back training costs

It is increasingly common for employers to offer to pay training costs on behalf of employees. But what happens when they leave? Can you get your investment back? Covering training costs In today’s job market, employees are expected to have a greater level of...

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Is vegetarianism a protected characteristic?

Is vegetarianism a protected characteristic?

Is vegetarianism a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010? An Employment Tribunal was recently asked in Conisbee v Crossley Farms Limited & Others to consider whether vegetarianism was a “philosophical belief” and so a protected characteristic under...

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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,...

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FREE seminar – Getting a workplace investigation right

FREE seminar – 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 outcome. To help...

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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...

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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...

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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 dividends...

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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...

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Has my union been negligent?

Has my union been negligent?

Some unions and representatives are outstandingly good. However, sometimes you get bad advice and miss the opportunity to enforce your employment rights against your employer. We are often asked if a member can bring a claim against their trade union. It is possible....

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Holiday pay for term-time workers

Holiday pay for term-time workers

Should holiday entitlement for ‘part-year’ workers (such as those working term-time only) be calculated on a pro rata basis? No, said the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel. What are the facts? The Claimant is a music teacher on a permanent contract but...

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Extended redundancy protection

Extended redundancy protection

Extended redundancy protection for women and new parents. Before making a woman on maternity leave redundant, an employer must offer her a suitable alternative vacancy, where one is available, with the employer or an associated employer.  This gives women on maternity...

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One sided flexibility at work

One sided flexibility at work

The government has launched a consultation on 'one sided flexibility' following recommendations made in the Taylor Review and by the Low Pay Commission. There are an estimated 1.7 million workers in the UK who do not have guaranteed hours and are at risk of having...

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Are you responsible for what your employees post online?

Are you responsible for what your employees post online?

Can an employer be responsible for postings on an employee’s personal social media account? Not in the case of Forbes v LHR Airport Limited. The employer was not legally responsible for the sharing of an offensive post by an employee. Legal background If an act has...

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Covert recordings and misconduct

Covert recordings and misconduct

Is it misconduct for an employee to make a covert recording at work? Yes – except in some very rare circumstances according to the case of Phoenix House Ltd v Stockman The background Mrs Stockman’s case has been running for almost six years.  It addresses many claims...

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Reinstate or re-engage orders – when employers refuse.

Reinstate or re-engage orders – when employers refuse.

Can an unfairly dismissed employee insist they get their job back? Can an employer refuse to reinstate when ordered by the Tribunal? Not in the case of Mackenzie v The University of Cambridge. Dr Mackenzie was unfairly dismissed from her position as a lecturer in the...

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Restrictive covenants and blue pencils

Restrictive covenants and blue pencils

Employment contracts – especially those for senior managers or staff in a customer facing role will often include restrictive covenants – clauses which aim to prevent what the employee can and can’t do once their employment comes to an end. Restrictive covenants can...

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Job offers – changing your mind

Job offers – changing your mind

Part of the recruitment process is for an employer to make an offer to a successful candidate. It can be a long, slow process to find the right person for the job. Sadly, things can go wrong very quickly. If an applicant lies during the recruitment process – by saying...

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Mixing religion and work

Mixing religion and work

Why you shouldn't talk (too much) about religion at work. The Facts: Ms Kuteh was a devoutly committed Christian nurse and clearly thought she was doing the right thing. Her employers disagreed, As a nurse, Ms Kuteh's duties involved filling in pre-operation forms...

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How to get a dismissal wrong

How to get a dismissal wrong

A recent case reminds employers to think carefully about how they deal with the dismissal of employees, even those with less than two years’ service. Ms Otshudi worked for Base Childrenswear Ltd as an in-house photographer. After three months’ employment and without...

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Voluntary overtime and holiday pay

Voluntary overtime and holiday pay

Back in July last year we reported on the case of Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the issue of whether to include voluntary overtime in someone’s pay when calculating holiday pay. On a holiday pay claim to the Employment...

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Tax on termination payments

Tax on termination payments

There is no doubt that not every employer understands when, how or at what rate they should tax a termination payment an employee receives under a settlement agreement or Acas COT3. In such a complicated area, we set out the basic points taking into account the...

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Autism and adjustments at work

Autism and adjustments at work

According to the National Autistic Society, there are around 700,000 people with autism in the UK, and all will have different strengths, weaknesses and abilities. Autism can be a disability under the Equality Act, so it is important for employers to understand and...

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Unconscious bias at work

Unconscious bias at work

If you are unknowingly making decisions based upon preferences or a bias you do not recognise you have, are you opening yourself up to a discrimination claim? "There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to...

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GDPR – handling a Subject Access Request

GDPR – handling a Subject Access Request

It's nearly a year since the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. Despite this,  employers are still awaiting the promised publications from the Information Commissioner's Office. We take a look at one area that organisations and employers are grappling...

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Told to keep sexuality a secret at work

Told to keep sexuality a secret at work

An Employment Tribunal has awarded a gay employee £8,000 in a sexual orientation discrimination claim after her employer told her to keep her sexuality a secret. The background Ms McMahon began work as a Quality Control Manager for Redwood TTM Ltd in May 2017. Before...

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Shared Parental Pay and Sex Discrimination

Shared Parental Pay and Sex Discrimination

Remember the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd…Mr Ali claimed it was discriminatory of Capita not to pay men enhanced shared parental pay when women received enhanced maternity pay. You can read the summary here. Basically, he lost at the Employment Appeal...

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Satisfaction surveys at work. Who comes lowest?

Satisfaction surveys at work. Who comes lowest?

There have been many satisfaction surveys and reports extolling the benefits to companies of prioritising a supportive an effective working environment for their employees. According to Glassdoor, some companies are consistently ranked amongst the lowest for employee...

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Do your employment ads comply with the law?

Do your employment ads comply with the law?

Just like any other advertisement, job ads must abide by the rules of the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) Code. Their website has a section dedicated to marketing communications for employment, business opportunities and homeworking schemes . The Advertising...

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Supporting employees during Ramadan

Supporting employees during Ramadan

In Islamic tradition Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, when the first verses of the Koran/Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Observing Ramadan is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. This year, Ramadan is expected to run from 5...

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Stress awareness month

Stress awareness month

April is “stress awareness month”. Some of us were too busy to notice. Stress, depression and anxiety accounts for 44% of work-related ill-health and 57% of working days lost in 2017/18. Too much (or too little) work, lack of support from managers, personal...

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Workers want physical contact banned at work

Workers want physical contact banned at work

Back in October we reported on why hugging colleagues might be frowned upon. New research reveals employees want less workplace physical contact Almost half of UK workers would like an outright ban on some physical interactions in the workplace according to research...

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Free Discrimination Awareness Briefing – 26th June 2019

Free Discrimination Awareness Briefing – 26th June 2019

The law on discrimination applies to all employers – no matter how big or small and whatever sector you are in.  There is no need for someone to be in employment to bring a claim, so the law also protects, workers, job applicants and former employees. To make matters...

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Holiday pay reference periods set

Holiday pay reference periods set

As part of Matthew Taylor’s Good Work Review, recommendations were made to extend the reference period for calculating average pay in relation to statutory holiday from 12 weeks to 52 weeks. This is being brought into force by catchily titled “The Employment Rights...

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Can a director be held personally liable?

Can a director be held personally liable?

Can a director of a limited company be personally liable for breaches of an employment contract? A director is not generally liable for inducing a breach of contract where they are acting for the company. However, in the case of  Antuzis v DJ Houghton, the High Court...

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Recognising and supporting neurodiversity – new guidance

Recognising and supporting neurodiversity – new guidance

Acas has published helpful guidance to help employers learn about neurodiversity and to put in place changes in the workplace to better support staff. “Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people...

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Personal injury compensation in the Employment Tribunal

Personal injury compensation in the Employment Tribunal

The case of Grange v Abellio London Limited provides a good example of when an Employment Tribunal can award compensation for a personal injury at work.  Mr Grange was awarded compensation when his employer failed to provide rest breaks under the Working Time...

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Employees prosecuted following data theft

Employees prosecuted following data theft

It is not just businesses that need to worry about the consequences of a data breach. The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has warned all those who have access to personal data after two employees were convicted and fined when found guilty of unlawfully...

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Communicating with someone on maternity leave

Communicating with someone on maternity leave

How should you communicate? Letter, phone call, or perhaps by email? If by email then to the employee's work account or personal one? Get it wrong when someone is on maternity leave can have significant consequences. These issues were central to a claim of...

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Women report feeling more stress than men at work

Women report feeling more stress than men at work

New research has revealed what around half of the workforce already suspected -  that women feel more stress than men at work – with one in 10 reporting stress levels are unmanageable. According to Cigna, whose research was taken from the Cigna 360 Wellbeing Survey,...

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Police investigation into suspended employees

Police investigation into suspended employees

Must an employer put a disciplinary investigation on hold pending the outcome of a police investigation into an employee? Almost always, no. The facts Mr Gregg was a doctor with North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and was facing disciplinary, regulatory and police...

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Changing the clocks and night-shift workers

Changing the clocks and night-shift workers

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2.00 am on Sunday 31 March, meaning that the clocks will go forward an hour. Although those of us who do not work at the weekend will not likely notice we get an hour’s less sleep. It is important to consider how this will affect working...

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NHS and Settlement Agreements

NHS and Settlement Agreements

NHS Employers have issued a new factsheet for employers and workers to help them understand their rights when entering into a settlement agreement. It includes key information around the use of confidentiality clauses and reassures employers and workers who may wish...

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When employees resign after suspension

When employees resign after suspension

It is well established law that suspending an employee who is facing disciplinary allegations could amount to a breach of the implied duty of mutual trust and confidence entitling the employee to resign and claim constructive dismissal. When is suspension right?...

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Withdrawing a job offer – the costs

Withdrawing a job offer – the costs

Santander announced in September 2018 that it intended to appoint Mr Orcel as its new Chief Executive. A ‘contractual letter’ was agreed between Orcel and the bank which would result in his total remuneration being around €50m. Santander then withdrew the offer....

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Non-disclosure agreements: new proposals on the way?

Non-disclosure agreements: new proposals on the way?

New proposals to prevent employers from using non-disclosure agreements to gag employees have been put forward. The plans, to be included in a consultation, could lead to new legislation that would prevent non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) being used to prevent victims...

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Police discrimination against white heterosexual male

Police discrimination against white heterosexual male

A police force accused of rejecting a potential recruit because he is a white heterosexual male has been found guilty of discrimination in a landmark Employment Tribunal case. In 2017 Matthew Furlong applied to join Cheshire Police. When he was told at the interview...

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Fathers with premature babies – startling work figures

Fathers with premature babies – startling work figures

Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss, 77% said they were not given enough time off. According to Bliss,...

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Breastfeeding mothers forced to use work toilets

Breastfeeding mothers forced to use work toilets

One in three breastfeeding mothers have been forced to use a toilet to express milk after they return to work, according to a recent survey. More than half said they have had to express in an unsuitable place, including the staff-room, their car or at their desk and...

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Rights to written particulars of employment

Rights to written particulars of employment

The starting point for successful employee relations is knowing exactly where everyone stands with an employment contract. For this reason, Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 requires employers provide staff with a written statement of the particulars of...

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Gender pay gap is widening

Gender pay gap is widening

Analysis by the BBC has revealed that four in 10 private employers who have published their latest gender pay gap figures are reporting a wider gap than they did last year. Gender Pay Gap reporting involves comparing the difference between the middle ranking woman’s...

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Ill health dismissals and long-term benefits schemes

Ill health dismissals and long-term benefits schemes

The recent case of Awan v ICTS UK Limited [2018] is a good illustration of what employers should – and shouldn’t do when it comes to ill health dismissals and long-term disability benefits schemes. The facts Mr Awan was a security guard with American Airlines and...

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Top ten bad habits at work

Top ten bad habits at work

Despite being halfway though February, there  no time like the present to ditch bad office habits – and researchers from CV-Library have discovered what employees find most irritating at work. 9-5 working hours (53%)  Flexible working means working a different work...

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Understanding “time off for dependants”

Understanding “time off for dependants”

Employees, from the first day of their employment, have a statutory right to take reasonable unpaid time off to deal with unexpected emergencies concerning a dependant. A ‘dependant’ usually means a spouse, partner, child, parent or someone living in the employee’s...

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Menopause in the workplace

Menopause in the workplace

Workplace stigma isn’t just associated with mental health. Menopause, closely linked to anxiety and depression rarely grabs the same headlines. The menopause affects every woman differently in both an emotional and physical sense. The impact it has on an individual’s...

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88 year old wins age discrimination claim

88 year old wins age discrimination claim

The default retirement age was abolished in 2011 and age discrimination outlawed by the Equalities Act 2010 meaning  (in theory if not always in practice) employees can  continue to work for as long as they are able to. Despite this, many older people are forced out...

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Keeping Records of Working Time

Keeping Records of Working Time

Does an employer need  to keep records of the  actual hours worked to fulfil its obligations under the Working Time Directive? Yes – according to the CJEU in Federacion de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE. The CCOO is a Spanish trade union...

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What are settlement agreements?

What are settlement agreements?

Settlement agreements are formal contracts between an employer and a current or ex-employee to prevent them from pursuing their employment rights in an Employment Tribunal or County Court. They are often used settle a threatened or actual claim where a settlement...

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Snow and your employment rights

Snow and your employment rights

What are your rights if you are unable to get to work because of snow? You are not automatically entitled to be paid for the days you are unable to get to work because of bad weather. The starting point is that any leave you take (whether authorised or not) will be...

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Are employers ready for the return to work?

The past few months have been challenging for most employees – including managers involved in Human Resources. Many businesses that have been able to remain open during lock down have managed to struggle through.  Those that have only been able to reopen recently, or...

Employing unpaid carers

As the UK population ages, the rights of unpaid carers is a growing concern. With over 5 million unpaid carers in the UK,  many individuals are having to balance paid work with their caring responsibilities - so what are the rights of unpaid carers in the UK? Existing...

Dismissal without a procedure

Can employee be fairly dismissed without any procedure being followed, after a breakdown in working relations? Yes (in very unusual circumstances), said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail. The Claimant was a senior manager in the...

Can employers record video meetings?

Many employees are still working from home. At some point, it may be necessary to hold disciplinary meetings, grievances, performance and absence meetings, redundancy consultations and even dismissals remotely, via video call. It might be tempting for employers to hit...