April 26, 2017

Could Low Absence Rates Pose a Risk to your Business?

Results from the CIPD’s seventeenth annual Absence Management survey in partnership with Simply Health show that the average level of employee absence for 2016 was 6.3 days per employee. That’s lower than at the height of the Great Recession in 2008-09 (when typically absence rates fall as employees worry about job security), and is in…

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April 6, 2017

Five Things to Consider when Finding Solutions to Employee Lateness

Arriving at work on time is perhaps an obvious requirement but a recent study by the Resurgo Trust showed lateness is the top reason young people fail to get jobs. However, there may be other factors outside our control which hamper efforts to get to work: rail strikes, bus and train delays and traffic congestion…

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April 4, 2017

The Equality Act – A Brief Summary

At the 2005 general election New Labour promised to introduce a new Equality Act to simplify the existing body of legislation governing equality in the workplace and ‘promote equality at work‘. Following the Equalities Review in 2007 led by Trevor Philips (the head of the Commission for Racial Equality at the time), the Act was…

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March 20, 2017

The Workplace Headscarf Ban is Legal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said a workplace headscarf ban is legal, but what does this mean for UK employers? We’ve covered the case on this blog previously (catch up on the background here), but in brief: Ms. Achbita worked for Belgian-based G4S Secure Solutions who operated a policy not to allow employees…

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March 19, 2017

Why Terminology Matters on Employment Status

Employment status is always a tricky area for employers and the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case of Pimlico Plumbers & Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith highlights the importance of describing the relationship correctly in contractual documentation and ensuring that the description is representative of what actually happens in practice. Why is the correct employment…

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March 17, 2017

Are Employers Facing a New Age of Older Employees and Robots?

Our workplaces are evolving, becoming more diverse and increasing the use of AI for certain roles, but what does that mean for the future of the workplace and what will it look like by 2030? Championing golden age employees Employers are being urged to employ one million more over-50s by 2022 by the Government’s business…

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March 1, 2017

Easyjet: Three Lessons from the ‘Battle of the Baguette’

A former flight attendant for budget airline Easyjet reached a settlement with her previous employer after instigating proceedings in the employment tribunal for unfair dismissal. Here’s the facts of the case: Shannon Gleeson, 22, had worked for Easyjet for three years at the time and was given a bacon baguette by her manager whilst on…

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February 14, 2017

Could your business be classed as a ‘toxic workplace’?

This new phraseology doesn’t mean your work environment is filled with poisonous gases. Instead, ‘toxic workplace’ refers to company cultures filled with poisonous remarks or actions – in short, bullying. Although the Equality Act 2010 gives the definition for harassment as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect…

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February 8, 2017

Is it still a man’s world in the workplace?

In a country where women hold the two top positions within the offices of state – the Queen and the Prime Minister – is the workplace still a man’s world? New research completed by the Women at Work Index shows that the UK is missing out on approximately £170 billion of economic benefits by not…

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February 2, 2017

Workplace romance: What’s love (and the law) got to do with it?

As Valentine’s Day 2017 recedes into the distance for another year and the greetings card industry pauses to count its takings, should you be concerned about workplace romances affecting your staff? Maybe you’ve been following the gripping BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, a retelling of the bestseller by Louise Doughty? On her way to a…

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