Category Archives: Good practice for Employers

Employment Law & HR News Roundup

Key updates for Employers The biggest news this past week has, of course, been the changes to the furlough scheme. However, here is a round-up of some other recent interesting developments and cases in the world of work: Furlough Scheme fraud HMRC revealed last week that it had received 1,868 reports about the fraudulent use […]

Bringing employees back to work: The reluctant to returner

Advice for employers on bringing employees back to work As the lockdown restrictions start to ease and more businesses are starting to think about returning to work, employers are beginning to consider what they need to do to get staff back to work. One of the issues that is coming up frequently from employers and […]

Furlough / Job Retention Scheme & Parental Rights

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What do you need to consider in respect of Parental & Family Leave The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is aimed at helping to avoid redundancies and keep people in pay during this time.  However, what does the scheme mean for those who are on or about to go on maternity leave, paternity leave or […]

Why reputation should be high on your consideration when making decisions about employees.

Making employee decisions during these times may be a  low legal risk but the reputation risk can be high! I have had numerous discussions with employees who have felt extremely aggrieved by an employers decision in the last 3 weeks since the effects of the coronavirus have started to be felt in the UK. Complaints […]

Childless employees in the workplace: What should you consider?

Should employers be concerned or sensitive to this issue? I was recently asked a question about childlessness and childless staff, and whether employers needed to know or do anything further about the rights and responsibilities to those staff who do not have children. We hear so much about the rights of working families, but what […]

The importance of following up on information provided by new employees

Do you follow up on all of the information provided by new recruits when they start work? Do you have a process for checking forms and details? It is good practice when someone starts working for you to get details from them and no doubt you will have a new starter form or a set […]

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 […]

Bullying at Work: Sticks and Stones

TV show shines the light on the problem of workplace bullying While most of us were looking forward to the Christmas party, December 2019 saw the launch of controversial ITV show Sticks and Stones, which left viewers feeling uncomfortable, anxious and paranoid as they watched the TV series centred around workplace bullying unfold. Although we can […]

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 […]

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 […]

HR Planning for an uncertain future

Practical steps to consider in readiness for Brexit – whatever the outcome! No-one really knows what is going to happen with Brexit, deal or no deal? Extension or no extension? Whatever happens you can of course only really influence those things within your control and therefore to help you make a start on planning I […]

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 […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 10

Training & Development When you think of training and development it is easy to think of sending staff on expensive courses or obtaining expensive and time-consuming qualifications. Whilst this is one way of investing in training and development for staff, there are other simpler ways that you can do so. Some no cost/low cost ideas: […]

Is there a legal maximum temperature at work?

As temperatures continue to soar, many employees are struggling to keep their cool at work. So, when is it too hot to work? The Law Unfortunately, there is not one, clear rule for when the temperatures rise, and the law is generally unhelpful for all those suffering in the heat. An employer is expected to prevent the […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 9

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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 […]

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