August 30, 2016

Five principles for effective absence management during bad weather

Effective absence management is a year-round consideration for employers, but it can be a particular problem during periods of miserable weather. While it’s never fun to think of winter during the height of summer, sensible employers know they need to plan ahead for the darker seasons. Yes winter is coming, and it could be even…

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July 25, 2016

Cracking the dress code – these shoes were made for working

Workplace dress codes have been called into sharp focus following the recent highly-publicised incident involving former-actress Nicola Thorp, sent home from her new city job on her first day for refusing to wear heels. Nicola arrived for her first day with PwC’s outsourced reception firm, Portico, in smart dress and wearing flat shoes ready to…

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July 20, 2016

Holiday pay – how do you calculate your staff allowances?

While employees count down the days to their time in the sun, concerned only by the price of the pound and which socks and sandals to pack, the summer season is an altogether more difficult time for employers. As well as the obvious complications caused by half the workforce heading to the Costa Del Somewhere,…

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July 19, 2016

Happy with auto-enrolment? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your budget

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is a political solution to a long-term problem – the continuous growth in our life expectancy, and how we’re going to pay for it. But what’s happening in the short-term, and what does it mean for business and employees? The UK’s decision to leave the EU, David Cameron’s shock resignation immediately…

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June 23, 2016

Born-again Christian loses religious discrimination appeal

A born-again Christian who pressured a Muslim colleague to convert has lost an appeal against her employer for religious discrimination. Ms Wasteney, who made the claim against East London NHS Foundation Trust, was disciplined after allegedly offering to pray for her junior colleague, giving her a book about a Muslim woman converting to Christianity, and…

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June 8, 2016

After the 9-to-5: understanding Employment Status Types

Employment Status Types can be complicated in the modern working environment. And they can cost business a lot of money too – HMRC collected £737m last year alone from non-compliance, predominantly from SMEs. So how do you protect your business?  Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen,pour myself a cup of ambition,and yawn,…

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May 18, 2016

Man, Woman… Who cares?!

“I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I’m something that you’ll never understand” is a line from a Prince song back in 1984. Employers need to know what support their gender fluid employees need, and are entitled to, and with the recent death of Prince, there has been much talk about how he led…

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May 17, 2016

Working Time for Mobile Workers

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers need to treat employee’s commuting time as work time, which will have an impact on every size company in the UK. This will affect sectors with large numbers of travelling workers, and require employers to look at the distance employees travel to clients/work sites. Employers cannot…

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April 21, 2016

Bribery charge costs employer £2.25m

It is critical that employers put anti-bribery procedures in place, according to a recent high profile conviction which sent shock waves through the business world. A large UK organisation, Sweett Group Plc, became the first to be convicted and fined for breaching the Bribery Act 2010, leading to a fine and legal costs totalling £2,250,000.…

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March 30, 2016

What would an exit from the EU mean for Employment Law?

With an ‘in out’ referendum on our EU membership set for the 23rd June, employers will naturally be asking themselves, ‘how will an EU exit affect my business?’ Will it mean less red tape as many employers might hope? Or will it mean much the same as now, but with a few changes? Here’s a…

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February 29, 2016

Monthly Webinars

Delivered by our experts, our webinars ensure that you are up to speed on the latest legislation and trending topics. Our webinars are informal and relaxed, and also offer plenty of opportunity to raise questions about the topic at hand, the legislation surrounding it and how it may affect your business. Our webinars are scheduled…

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October 26, 2015

Buying a business – the potential pitfalls

You probably already know that employees have a number of rights under TUPE laws. However, you may not be aware that employers face a number of pitfalls when buying a business, which could result in huge fines if ignored. What is TUPE? Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006/2014, commonly referred to as TUPE,…

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