March 27, 2019

Holiday Entitlement Calculator – Calculations Made Easy

Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about part time employees? That’s when calculating holiday entitlement gets much more difficult… But don’t worry – to help you through this arithmetic exercise, we’ve compiled the following…

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February 26, 2019

Holiday Entitlement: Q&A

Recently, we have been receiving an increasing number of queries to our advice line on issues relating to holiday entitlement. In order to offer some guidance in this complex area, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive and, importantly, the answers to them. Q: Is an employee entitled to paid annual…

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January 16, 2019

The Good Work Plan: Four Things Employers Need to Know

In December 2018, the government announced the ‘Good Work Plan’. This forms part of the government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary described the changes as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. In 2016 the government set up a commission chaired…

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January 8, 2019

Time to Audit Your GDPR Compliance?

2018 saw a significant increase in referrals to the Information Commissioner and fines doubled – even under the old legislation. The penalties are higher under the new legislation. Plus there’s the risk of you being made vicariously liable for your employee’s actions. With this in mind, now is undoubtedly the time to revisit the adequacy…

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January 3, 2019

Home Office Threatens to “Name and Shame” over Modern Slavery

A significant number of clients are telling us about letters they’ve received from the Home Office. These threaten to “name and shame” them for failure to meet legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 if they don’t comply by 31st March 2019. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – what are the requirements? This…

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December 17, 2018

Company Liable for Christmas Party Assault that left Employee Brain Damaged

When thinking about how you should prepare for your work Christmas party it’s important to have a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities as an employer. Whilst rules may relax when the drinks are flowing, there’s very clear guidance in employment law that you as an employer are vicariously liable for the behaviour of…

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November 30, 2018

5 Steps to Minimise the Impact of Adverse Weather this Winter

We have stocked up on grit for our driveways, had snow tyres fitted on our cars and stockpiled the fridge within hours of the Met Office issuing a weather warning that snow is forecast. But while most of us agree that snow is picturesque, adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on businesses that do not have…

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November 26, 2018

Holiday Headaches: Five Questions Answered for a Stress-Free Festive Season

Christmas may be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many employers it can be a time-consuming and administrative nightmare. With an influx of annual leave requests, increased employee absence levels and coordinating Christmas rotas it can be difficult for employers to keep track of it all. Plus there’s the pressure of organising the…

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October 3, 2018

Must You Agree to a Flexible Working Request?

The term ‘flexible working’ is becoming a popular one. But what actually is it? Who is doing it? How are requests made? And must you agree to a flexible working request? What is flexible working? Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs. It might involve an earlier or later start…

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September 10, 2018

Harassment at Work – a Comprehensive Walkthrough

Organisations should treat any form of harassment seriously – not just because of the legal implications and because it can lead to under-performance, but because people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work too. Employers should foster a fair and inclusive working environment that enables everyone to feel they can…

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August 28, 2018

Being Gay at Work: Pride and Progress

In July 2017, the Government launched a national survey of LGBT people. The survey received more than 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind anywhere in the world.   Some of the most important findings:  23% of survey respondents employed in the 12 months preceding the survey had experienced a negative or mixed reaction…

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