December 23, 2013

Can workers be accompanied at hearings?

It’s absolutely fine for employees to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a colleague or an accredited trade union representative – according to examples from recent cases. In Toal and another v GB Oils Ltd a request by two employees to be accompanied by a specific individual at a grievance meeting was…

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Could you get paid for sleeping?

It seems that it’s OK to sleep on the job in certain situations, according to the outcome of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Tribunal (EAT) decided that employees required to “sleepover” at a specified location in the course of their work are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for such hours, regardless…

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December 20, 2013

Hot tub anyone?

Hot tubing…it may sound like a ridiculous concept but it’s something that Civil Courts use all the time. A Judge gets two or more experts that are involved in a case round a table – or in front of the bench – to put their opinions forward. That way, the Judge is aware of the…

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December 19, 2013

How the new TUPE Regulations will affect YOU

Are you prepared for the important TUPE Regulations coming into force next month? The Government believes the existing Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations are too complex and are changing them. It has now published what will be changing – which could be an unwelcome surprise to businesses  not aware of the new legalisation.…

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Who should stay…and who should go?

Redundancy is never pleasant – but it’s just one of the things that businesses sometimes need to do to survive and remain competitive. Handling the redundancy process can be time consuming and of course costly if a business gets it wrong. There are many key steps to follow, which include: Proper consultation Applying your mind…

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November 28, 2013

Who can accompany workers at tribunals?

Do workers have the right to have anyone accompany them at an employment tribunal? Well, there is a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing if they reasonably request this. But the original ‘Acas Code’ says that “it would not normally be reasonable for workers to insist on being…

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Has the number of tribunal claims increased?

A flood of claims were submitted to tribunals earlier in the year, and it’s no surprise why… Earlier this year, in July, fees became payable to lodge both an employment tribunal claim and an appeal. As a result, an issue fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950 are now payable should an applicant…

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November 26, 2013

Dealing with e-cigarettes in the workplace

Smoking electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) in public places is legal. These battery operated devices that simulate tobacco smoking are not covered by the 2007 ban on smoking in public places. Therefore, for the time being, it’s up to employers to decide on an appropriate policy for their use in the workplace. Should employers include the…

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October 31, 2013

The impact of the new legislation for tribunal fees

Following the controversial introduction of fees to submit employment tribunal claims, on July 29th 2013, you’re probably wondering how it will affect your business… The measure has been the subject of a legal challenge instigated by the union Unison in the form of a Judicial Review heard at the High Court on October 22nd and…

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October 30, 2013

Putting a stop to social networking misuse

Advancements in social networking, through the medium of Smart phones, the internet, tweeting and blogging, have transformed the world of business. It helps us to work more flexibly, stay in touch for longer and respond to each other more quickly. But social media and internet misuse at work now costs the British economy billions of…

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Ground Zero for zero hours?

Is it the beginning of the end for zero hours contracts? Over the summer months, the media had a field day with a succession of startling revelations about the use of “zero hours.” This is the somewhat contentious arrangement in which no specific weekly hours are prescribed. Employees may not be offered work from week…

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October 12, 2013

Must-know health & safety legislation changes

Are you up-to-date with all the latest important Health and Safety legislation affecting your business? Not to worry. We’ve put together all the latest changes that have taken place this October so you’ll know exactly what to do… 1. Amendment to Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 This amendment removed the requirement for HSE…

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