October 29, 2014

Parents can now share their paid leave

Now fathers and partners as well as mothers can take time off with their new baby. Shared Parental Leave is being introduced to enable both parents to be able to take paid time off to look after their child within the 52 weeks following the birth. Due to come into force on 1st December 2014,…

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September 29, 2014

Go Green or Get Fined

New guidelines for environmental offences mean bigger fines for businesses, even if the case has already been resolved. Waste not want not – a phrase that may help your company to manage waste issues in line with Environmental Protection Act 1990 – and avoid falling foul of new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences which came in unbeknownst…

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Don’t give safety the cold shoulder this winter

Dark days and dark nights are almost upon us as the clocks go back. So – while we have a little daylight left – you may need to review your Health & Safety at work to prepare for the winter period. Maybe your staff won’t be able to get to work, ro maybe, closed schools will…

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Four October Employment Legislation Changes

So far this year, there are many Employment Law changes to get to grips with – such as the introduction of Early Conciliation by Acas and the extension of rights to flexible working. As an employer, it’s vital you don’t overlook the changes that are taking place. Here are four changes that you need to…

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August 28, 2014

Obesity considered a disability in EU Law

Morbid obesity could be considered a disability under EU law, according to the European Court of Justice. The Advocate General (AG), of the ECJ, has stated that, while EU law does not generally prohibit discrimination on the ground of obesity, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ under EU law. The AG’s opinion…

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August 27, 2014

New ‘On-Call’ hours ruling to affect all UK employers

A landmark employment ruling, in which two on-call paramedics won a case against the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), will now apply to all employers in the UK. Ambulance paramedics Paul Truslove and Ellouise Wood were attempting to get compensation from the Scottish Ambulance Service over a breach of their rest entitlements under the 1998 Working…

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July 30, 2014

Shared Parental Leave – New challenges for employers

Government plans for more flexible working patterns show no sign of slowing down, with its newly published draft regulations for shared parental leave. The changes were legislated for by way of the Children and Families Act 2014, which has received Royal Assent. The essence of the regulations is that they allow parents more flexibility to…

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July 29, 2014

How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, how much time do you have to make a personal injury compensation claim? If you have been injured through no fault of your own, whether as a result of a: Road traffic accident Accident in your workplace A slip, trip or fall on a…

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June 23, 2014

5000 SMEs may be fined over Auto Enrolment

A lack of understanding about legal obligations could see as many as 5,000 small employers face fines, according to research. A survey from Creative Auto Enrolment of over 500 SME employers revealed that 24% believe they have “hardly heard anything” from the Government about Auto Enrolment – and a quarter believed they have had “minimal…

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June 20, 2014

Maternity Leave – your questions answered?

The regulations around Maternity and Paternity leave can be complex leaving employers unclear on what their obligations are. We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions to simplify it for you. How much leave are pregnant employees entitled to? Every pregnant employee has the right to take up to 52 weeks leave…

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May 31, 2014

Discrimination cases aren’t always straightforward

Workers who think they have been discriminated against are usually entitled to resign and claim against their employers…but not in a recent case. Constructive dismissal claims are usually based upon a single, fundamental breach of contract by the employer or a continuous course of conduct where there is a ‘last straw’ that led to the…

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May 30, 2014

Handling a workplace grievance

Minor grievances should be dealt with informally wherever possible – it’s always better to have an open and honest culture where employees can discuss issues with a manager to prevent them from escalating. It is always advisable to keep notes of discussions and investigations so there is an accurate record showing how and when an…

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