March 27, 2018

Former UKIP Candidate Jailed for Health & Safety Failings

A millionaire property tycoon who had previously represented UKIP as a parliamentary and local council candidate has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail following the death of a builder working at his Exeter home. Keith Crawford, 74, was sentenced following his conviction by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter, after builder Peter Clements died…

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March 26, 2018

Who is Responsible for Raising the Possibility of ‘Bumping’ in a Redundancy Exercise?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) – where disgruntled Claimants/Respondents turn if they wish to appeal an Employment Tribunal decision – has recently examined the issue of ‘bumping’ in redundancy exercises. As EAT cases, and any propositions of law arising from them, are binding on future Employment Tribunal cases, it is worth examining the development. ‘Bumping’…

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March 19, 2018

Official: The End of Fit for Work Health Assessments

Did you ever refer an employee to the Fit for Work Assessment service? No? Well if you didn’t you weren’t alone, as the Department for Work and Pensions has now confirmed this free service will be mothballed on 31 March (31 May in Scotland) due to low referral rates. The Fit for Work Assessment Service…

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March 16, 2018

Four GDPR Risk Areas to Consider for Payroll & HR

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, many employers may be worried that they do not fully understand all the new rules surrounding the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about an individual they hold and process. The new legislation will have a huge impact on employers, particularly on…

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March 9, 2018

New Case Puts Focus on Fairness when Monitoring Employees with CCTV

The use of CCTV surveillance to monitor employees has come into sharp focus following a Judgment in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that tightens the understanding for employers over what surveillance is acceptable. Article 8(1) European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) states “everyone has a right to respect for his private and family…

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March 6, 2018

Digital Benefits – is the Bubble About to Burst?

This January a revolution took place, taking power away from the financial elites and giving it to the everyman. It’s a big deal, a major event, but with the Mainstream Media © battling the onslaught of fake news, it’s also something you could very easily have missed: The launch of Open Banking. This is a…

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February 27, 2018

Reminder: Health & Safety Risk Assessments for Cold and Snowy Weather

With the ‘Beast from the East’ making itself felt across the country, now is the time to remind yourself of the importance of health & safety risk assessments to protect your employees, customers, and the public-at-large. What does the law have to say around cold weather? The HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L24 for…

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February 13, 2018

Supreme Court Ruling Opens up Scope for H&S Appeals

Published on 8th February 2018 the Supreme Court ruled on an Appeal brought to them by the Health and Safety Executive which followed the overturning of a Prohibition Notice at an Employment Tribunal in May 2013. The ruling allows for evidence, that wasn’t available to an HSE Inspector when serving either a Prohibition Notice or…

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February 12, 2018

How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee

By now all companies should have an adequate equal opportunities policy in place which includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment, two of the ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010. But is having an equal opportunities policy enough? Just because you may have such a policy tucked away in your handbook, this doesn’t mean that…

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February 5, 2018

Five Steps for Dealing with Difficult or Underperforming Employees

Poor attitude, poor behaviour, poor standards of work and high levels of absence are the most common issues our clients have with their employees. One underperforming employee could be costing the company as much as 20% of their annual salary, and having just one underperforming employee can lower moral within the rest of the workforce,…

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