Category Archives: Human Resources Advice

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 […]

Monitoring the health of your staff

What steps can employers take in respect of employee health? I was recently asked whether, during this pandemic, an employer can lawfully conduct temperature checks on employees, workers, and visitors on entering the employer’s premises. While many businesses have closed, those that are still operating are still trying to operate as normal (whatever the new […]

Coronavirus: Update for Employers

SSP what has actually changed so far? Changes to Statutory Sick Pay legislation (SSP) were published and came into force last week, however the only change was to the definition of when someone qualifies for SSP. The new temporary regulation states: “he is – (i) isolating himself from other people in such a manner as […]

Preparing your business in difficult times

Resources & Ideas for Employers If you are concerned about the future of your business I strongly recommend that you start planning/preparing now. Here are a few steps I recommend that you consider: Understand your numbers – what does it costs to run your business each week/month. How long can we ‘keep the lights on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 6

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Consistency and fairness  We all know what it feels like to think that you have been treated differently or unfairly to someone else, and there is nothing more likely to irritate your staff than the perception that they are being treated to their detriment in comparison to colleagues. Consistency in how you treat staff will prevent problems […]

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 […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 4

be the best employer

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

be the best employer

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 […]

How to deal with a complaint of sexual harassment by an employee

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Sexual harassment at work What is sexual harassment? Sexual Harassment is one of the most difficult situations a worker can face. The legal definition of Sexual Harassment is any ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a worker, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating […]

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 […]

5 Questions to ask candidates to get a measure of their commitment to the job

Recruitment: Getting the right people For seasonal businesses the annual recruitment exercise will be beginning shortly and here on the Isle of Wight there are a large number of businesses and organisation’s that rely on large numbers of seasonal staff to help them through the busiest times of year. Many of our clients are concerned […]

Can covert recordings be used as evidence?

Evidence in the Employment Tribunal With the prevalence of mobile phones and the audio capabilities that they have, as an employer you may wonder whether a covert recording of a meeting, made by an employee, could potentially be used against you as evidence in an Employment Tribunal. The answer is not always simple, however past […]

Government Announce Employment Law Reforms

The Good Work Plan: What do you need to know about proposed employment law reform? You may have heard on the news this week about the announced reforms to employment law. Some reporters have heralded the changes as a major overhaul and reported that it will provide additional rights for millions of workers, however if […]

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 […]

How can you increase your chances of attracting the best job applicants?

Recruiting the right staff is not as easy as you may think! Most of the big decisions we make today begin with an online search whether we’re booking a holiday, buying a house or looking for a date. Each, of these industries have their own specific search engines, which are  used over generic search engines […]

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