August 8, 2017

Tribunal Fees Removed in New Landmark Ruling

The government has lost a landmark ruling on tribunal fees, putting employers at risk of a rise in malicious or vexatious claims as employees regain “access to justice”. Employers face what some commentators are calling ‘a massive surge’ in employment tribunals as a result of the Supreme Court decision in UNISON v The Lord Chancellor…

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July 21, 2017

Responding to Social Media Firestorms

Recently we told you about Kate Hannah who claimed on Facebook she had been dismissed for not wearing a bra at work. Of course this was completely refuted by her employer, but the hare was running. Our previous coverage concentrated on the impact dress and appearance codes (or the lack of them) can have. This…

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July 17, 2017

How to Manage Holiday Requests Over the Summer Holidays

We’re about to hit peak holiday season in the UK, so how can employers manage an influx of holiday requests to minimise the risk of disgruntled employees? Understanding leave entitlement In most cases employees are entitled to 28 days holiday a year, often referred to as annual leave, details of which are specified in the…

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July 11, 2017

Will It Be a Good Gig? Reaction to the Taylor Review

Moorepay has been following the development of the “Gig Economy” story for several months now. Those currently engaged in “gig” work are classed as self-employed but a procession of employment tribunals has rejected this, contending instead that they are workers. A year ago, in her earliest days as Prime Minister, Theresa May announced a review…

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July 7, 2017

Auditing Health & Safety During the Current ‘Care Crisis’

The UK’s care home sector has faced renewed criticism after a report found that up to 1-in-3 care homes are unsafe with staffing issues, resident falls and medication errors amongst the top issues. In a recent report featured in the likes of the BBC, Guardian, and the Telegraph, the Care Quality Council (CQC) announced “some…

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June 27, 2017

Can an Employer Legally Send Home an Employee for Not Wearing a Bra?

Charlie Dimmock was famous for it. And while her gardening skills and engaging on-screen persona ensured her enduring fame and goodwill from the British public, she is perhaps as well-known for being the ‘bra-less’ TV personality. And while being bra-less was no problem for the producers of late 90s TV hit Ground Force, a recent…

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June 26, 2017

The Pensions Regulator is Rolling Out AE Spot Checks Nationwide

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is rolling out spot checks across the country to ensure employers are complying with their auto enrolment (AE) duties. In a series of announcements over the past week TPR has deployed flying squads to London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester to carry out short-notice inspections. And they go on to say they…

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June 19, 2017

Your Health & Safety Guide to Working in Hot Weather Conditions

When we’re working through a heatwave there’s always pros and cons. While the sun cheers everyone up on day one, by day three you start to hear mutterings among staff – it’s boiling in here! Isn’t it about time we got air conditioning? It’s against health and safety to work in this temperature! And while…

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June 14, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Window-Related Deaths

Deaths in care homes are, to a certain extent, a natural occurrence, but those which aren’t leave serious questions to be answered and unfortunately require investigations. In this blog we look at the most recent court cases and the issues which most commonly lead to fatal incidents in care homes. Window fall led to resident’s…

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June 7, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Terrorism in the Workplace

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but with the UK targeted four times in as many weeks it can be extremely concerning for employees. The recent Manchester bombing, followed by the terrorist attacks in London have prompted increased security efforts in social spaces, shopping areas and event spaces, but what about the workplace? What are…

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