December 8, 2017

Five Employee Absence Tips for Winter Weather

With the latest weather forecasts predicting freezing weather conditions and possible snowfall across Britain this winter, it’s vital for businesses to start preparing for increases in employee absences. Extreme weather conditions tend to cause a dramatic rise in staff absences because road and rail disruption, combined with school closures, make it difficult for employees to…

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December 3, 2017

Sexual Harassment – What Are You Doing About It?

With the number of sexual harassment cases currently in the news, you may be under the impression that such claims and allegations only occur in Hollywood, the media or Parliament, but think again. These cases may well be prominent, and have highlighted issues that may or may not be prevalent in the workplace, but is…

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September 21, 2017

Eight Steps to Overcome your Fear of Employee Grievances

Disgruntled, frustrated and even furious are feelings most employees will experience at some point in their careers. Yet, when they bring such feeling to the attention of their superiors, many managers panic for fear of falling foul of employment law or other repercussions. Often, all the employee wants is to be listened to or given…

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September 14, 2017

How to Turn Legal Obligations into Effective Flexible Working Practices

The reality of implementing flexible working requests has come under scrutiny from the TUC, after a survey of 1,000 young parents revealed significant challenges in arranging childcare around their working hours. The survey targeted young parents aged between 20-35 with regards to flexible working arrangements. The parents had at least one child aged between 1-16-years-old…

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September 1, 2017

Five Key Steps to Reduce your Risk of a Norovirus Outbreak

In the sunnier months we tend to hear little about norovirus, but a recent suspected outbreak at the Athletics World Championships in London highlighted the ongoing, all-year-round risk the virus presents. Here we look at what it is and how to reduce the chance of infection. A common virus with nasty effects Norovirus is the…

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August 22, 2017

Tribunal Fees Q&A No. 1: When Will the ‘Flood’ of New Cases Happen?

Following the recent ruling removing tribunal fees for claimants, we’re taking an in-depth look at four key questions the ruling raises. In this first blog from Employer Services Manager Andy Weir, we look at early trends in the market that could point to longer-term changes as a result of the decision: 1. When should we…

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August 10, 2017

Successful Overtime Appeal Sparks Big Changes to Holiday Pay

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that pay for voluntary overtime that ‘extends for a sufficient period of time on a regular or recurring basis’ counts as a worker’s normal pay and must now be included in holiday pay calculations. The case, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willets, it’s the first time an EAT…

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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 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 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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