Category Archives: Employers

Changes to Employment Law in April 2020

 What do employers need to know? On 6 April 2020, new employment laws will be coming into force which all employers need to know about. Most of these changes result from the government’s Good Work Plan, which was published in December 2018, and seek to improve the employment rights of casual workers and those working […]

The Coronavirus: What do employers need to do?

Key risks in a Pandemic or crisis The Coronavirus continues to cause widespread panic around the world while world leaders continue to disagree over the best treatment and the best way to halt the spread of the disease. So, what should businesses be doing to cope with this, and continue to trade and thrive in […]

Should an employer dictate what can and cannot be discussed at work?

Firms urged to crack down on office football chat The football season is well underway, and Liverpool appear to be on course for their first title in 30 years; while the Six Nations rugby series is due to start this weekend with England looking to bounce back after the disappointment of the World Cup final […]

Injunction obtained by suspended employee

Important considerations when suspending an employee I advise both employer and employees about employment law and HR and one of the most frustrating things I experience when advising employee customer’s is the employer who suspends without any thought or consideration for the employee or the law. Consequently, it is something that I talk about a […]

Employment law in the news: January 2020

A round-up of some of employment law cases that have been covered in the news recently. Ethical veganism protected by discrimination laws An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has held for the first time that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and therefore is protected under discrimination legislation. Regular readers of our fortnightly newsletters will know […]

Practical Christmas Party Guidance

What should you consider this festive season to prevent issues from arising? Ok, so it is that time of year again and the employment lawyers/HR people are all writing about the perils and pitfalls of Christmas Parties, but what’s the big deal you may ask? It’s only a bit of harmless fun, a time to […]

Christmas bonuses: Your legal questions answered

Employment law & the festive season The festive season is approaching and, as a change from providing guidance on office parties, we focus on another seasonal topic instead – which is that of Christmas bonuses. Christmas bonuses are a great way of rewarding staff and what better way to add to the festive cheer and […]

5 mistakes employers make when dealing with an employee grievance

Managing the grievance process Dealing with grievances within the workplace in an appropriate and fair manner is crucial to having a happy workforce, to creating a sense of fairness, and addressing issues in a timely manner. A happy workforce is of course going to be more productive and loyal to your business, so it is […]

How to deal with personal relationships at work

Employee relationships We spend a great deal of time with our colleagues and sharing the highs and lows of working life means that we often form strong bonds with them. So, relationships are bound to develop, be they fleeting fancies, long-term dating, illicit affairs, or something that leads to wedding bells. However, in the wake of […]

Climate change protests: How should employers respond to employees on strike?

The so-called ‘climate strike generation’, led by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, are urging everyone to join in with their protests about climate change. The school climate strikes she has inspired, saw 1.4 million young people walk out of lessons in March this year, while in September this year, a record 7.6 million people took to […]

5 Reasons why problems arise with staff

Essential information to prevent issues arising in the workplace. In the 15 years or so that I have been advising employers and employees about issues that have arisen at work I can normally work out when problems started to occur and in turn the core reason for the issue. I have therefore prepared a list […]

With the clocks going back could it mean employees work an extra hour?

Working Time: What you need to know when the clocks change The clocks are due to go back an hour on Sunday October 27th, meaning an extra hour in bed for lots of us. But what does this mean for staff working a night shift? Could this mean an extra hour of work, sometimes without […]

New Acas Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace

To coincide with World Menopause Day on 18 October 2019,  Acas published new guidance for employers and managers to help support staff affected by symptoms of menopause at work. Acas reports that over 2 million women over 50 experience difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms and that 1 in 20 women are estimated to […]

Should You Let Employees Watch the Rugby World Cup?

As another major sporting event takes place, what are the things you should be considering as an employer? The men’s Rugby World Cup kicked off on the 20th September 2019 in Japan and marks the start of a mammoth competition where for once, the home nations are among the favourites. This is one of the […]

Enforcement action when a business fails to comply with a Subject Access Request

GDPR & Data Protection Rights In the latest episode of the podcast I covered the basics of what an employer needs to consider when dealing with Subject Access Request from employees under Data Protection legislation. Coincidentally in the latest newsletter update from the Information Commissioners Office (ico) details have been provided of a recent enforcement […]

Can you discriminate when making jokes about someone being bald?

Baldness and Discrimination Gary Lineker has recently drawn official complaints to the BBC and suffered a huge backlash on social media over a remark he made at the start of a recent episode of Match of the Day. The joke, if it can be called such, was at the expense of his Match of the […]

Should holiday pay include a payment for voluntary overtime?

Another case about holiday pay! This case decided by the Court of Appeal is one of a long line about holiday pay and how it is calculated. We have reported on many of the past cases and within this case the Court of Appeal give a clear decision taking into consideration the cases which come […]

Making it tricky for employees to “pull a sickie”

Managing Sickness Absence Picture the scene.  It’s Friday and it’s the middle of August.  You get into work bright and early.  There’s a busy day ahead but you know all your staff are going to be in and that together you will get the job done.  Then you get the call:  “I’m sorry boss, I […]

Holiday Entitlement for term time workers

Should you pro-rata holiday entitlement and pay for those workers who only work part of the year? In a recent case decided by the Court of Appeal the issue of term time workers and their entitlement to holiday was scrutinised. The outcome should simplify things for employers who have term time or part year workers. […]

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