Category Archives: Employers

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. […]

Is it misconduct for an employee to make a covert recording of a meeting?

Can you treat it as gross misconduct? It has increasingly become a common tactic for employees who may be experiencing issues at work to covertly record meetings with their employer.  The reasons for doing so range from the innocuous – for example, a fear of saying something that may be misrepresented – to the insidious; […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 9

be the best employer

PR and Marketing In order to attract the best staff and ensure that you are seen as one of the best employers in your industry or area you need to ensure that you shout about your successes, what are you good at and why you are the best in your industry. In much the same […]

What is an ‘Interest in’? Victory for employers as Supreme Court rules in landmark competition case

Post-termination Restrictions The Supreme Court has upheld a non-compete restriction in the first employment competition case to have reached the highest court in over a century. In a historic decision, five Supreme Court justices unanimously concluded that an injunction should be restored, setting aside an order by the Court of Appeal. Background The case is […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 8

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Take action No-one wants to work for a business that says it will do something and then doesn’t. This is not just about employee relations and issues that affect the staff, but about business progression. We have all heard stories about businesses that entice great candidates to work for them with the promise of great […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 5

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Communication Communication, or the lack of it, is the number 1 cause of disputes between employers and employees. When advising clients about situations that have reached the Employment Tribunal stage I can, in 9 out of 10 cases, identify when things first started to go wrong, and that it could have been resolved if communication […]

Does an employer have to keep a record of the hours that an employee works?

Working time

Working Time and Hours The answer is, yes, according to a case that went before the European Court of Justice.   Due to the direct effect of EU law, the ruling will have implications for UK employers and may require the amendment of the Working Time Regulations 1998, depending on how long we remain in the […]

When can an employer take ‘positive action’ in discrimination?

‘positive action’ in discrimination

The Employment Tribunal recently reached a decision about Positive Action in the case of Mr M Furlong v The Chief Constable of Cheshire Police [2018]. This case is about a relatively little used, but an often controversial, legal right employers can adopt to take positive steps to redress under representation in their workplaces. The Law […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 4

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Hold regular appraisals, one to one’s and pay attention to staff development I can guarantee that an employee who is in dispute with their employer will say, “I didn’t even have an appraisal”. Although it is not a legal requirement, it is certainly a factor in employee’s minds when considering what constitutes a good quality […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 3

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Ensure that all employees have contracts and that you have procedures in place Obviously, I am going to mention the legal element of your relationship with your staff, but aside from the legal requirement, giving your staff a contract makes them feel more stable and settled in their employment relationship with you. There is a […]

A key case giving guidance on suspending staff during an investigation

Suspension of teacher was not a repudiatory breach In the recent case of Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, the Court of Appeal has held that a school had reasonable and proper cause for suspending a teacher in order to investigate allegations that she had used unreasonable force against two […]

How to be the best employer: Tip number 2

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Ensure that all employees know why rules and procedures are in place If you create rules and procedures, ensure that you tell your employees why and wherever possible try to discuss and consult with them before making the decision. We all know how frustrating it is to be told to do something or not to […]

How to be the best employer: Tip Number 1

be the best employer

Ensure that all employees know where they fit in the organisation In order to have effective and engaged employees, regardless of what your business or organisation does, you should ensure that all employees understand what role they play in contributing to the success of the business and how their role, no matter how insignificant they […]

How to reduce Employee stress

Stress at work Employers are required by Health and Safety law to protect their employees mental and physical health and two out of every five workers say that stress at work has affected their health. The causes of stress vary from long working hours, difficult bosses or colleagues, to poor working conditions. Although it is […]

FREE Employment Law Update for Businesses and HR Professionals

Date for your Diary  We would like to invite you to our Free Employment Law and HR Update for Employers event on Thursday 28th March 2019 at The Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight. A round up of 2018 and what’s new for 2019. An essential event for business owners, managers and HR professionals on […]

Anonymity Orders and Tribunal Judgements

A recent appeal case has highlighted the fact that an employment claim, which reaches a Tribunal, is almost always going to be made public when the judgement is published on the Public Register available online. Tribunal hearings are held in public with the public and press welcome to attend. The final judgement and their written […]

Why your reputation as an employer is going to be critical in 2019

I have written previously and spoken on the podcast about my views on the future of employment in the UK and the patterns I am starting to see with client’s businesses currently, which is, that it is becoming a candidate’s market when it comes to recruitment. Many businesses I work with are really struggling to […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of an employee at an unplanned staff party?

Possibly, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious Liability. Vicarious […]

10 Free things you can do today to be a better employer

10 Simple things to try today As well as advising on how to ‘stay legal’ and avoid Employment Tribunal claims we also strive to improve the world of work for all and in particular we help our business clients to be better employers and provide a great work environment for their staff. It was with […]

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