September 20, 2018

Final Cut Off for Employees Joining Childcare Voucher Schemes

With effect from 4 October, your employees will no longer be able to join any Childcare Voucher scheme you may offer. However, those who are already enrolled into the scheme will still be able to benefit from it, providing: you continue to run the scheme they remain in your employment they do not take an…

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September 10, 2018

Harassment at Work – a Comprehensive Walkthrough

Organisations should treat any form of harassment seriously – not just because of the legal implications and because it can lead to under-performance, but because people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work too. Employers should foster a fair and inclusive working environment that enables everyone to feel they can…

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September 6, 2018

Ten Steps for Chairing Successful Disciplinary Hearings

Chairing disciplinary hearings or listening to formal grievances are activities that take lots of managers out of their comfort zone – even many HR managers dislike this aspect of the role. Follow these ten tips to take away the pressure and ensure the best outcome for your business and workplace relationships. 1. Prepare for the…

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August 28, 2018

Being Gay at Work: Pride and Progress

In July 2017, the Government launched a national survey of LGBT people. The survey received more than 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind anywhere in the world.   Some of the most important findings:  23% of survey respondents employed in the 12 months preceding the survey had experienced a negative or mixed reaction…

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August 14, 2018

Paternity Leave Reform Plans Considered by Government

In March the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) published its paper on reforming workplace policies to support fathers balance their parental responsibilities and work – the take up (or lack of it) of shared paternity leave being the particular concern. As employer will be aware, the original two-week statutory paid paternity leave was introduced in…

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August 2, 2018

Is Spending on Workplace Wellbeing Really Worth It? 

Back in 2016 a House of Commons briefing noted that 99% of UK private businesses – and thus one third of our workforce – are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the paper suggested that limited access to resources make some less likely to implement workplace initiatives promoting a health-based culture for employees.   When you consider that full-time employees spend one third…

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July 23, 2018

What Employers Need to Know About Employing EU Workers Post-Brexit

With Brexit now only a few months away – our membership of the EU is set to end on the 29 March 2019 – in this blog we look at the potential effects of Brexit from an employer’s perspective. But first, the Brexit basics. The transition period It is hoped that, by our exit date,…

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July 13, 2018

Court of Appeal Reverses Pay Decision in Sleep-In Workers Saga

The Court of Appeal has today reversed a minimum wage decision relating to “sleep-in” sessions by care workers. The case in question, Royal Mencap Society and Claire Tomlinson-Blake, has ramifications for care providers throughout the UK. In a series of Judgements, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (and subsequently HMRC) previously ruled that “sleep-in” sessions amounted to…

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July 12, 2018

Massive Fines for Social Media Companies Following Data Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is expected to impose a massive £500,000 fine on Facebook for failing to secure people’s information – and failing to be clear on how people’s data are used by others. This huge fine, one of the biggest ever handed out, is in keeping with a series of recent fines imposed…

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June 20, 2018

Why HR Insurance is Increasingly Becoming a ‘Must-Have’ for Business

Our busy, complex lives are increasingly becoming a series of risk management exercises. Think about it: when we leave home in the morning nearly all of us will make sure we lock up. We then unlock our cars and drive away, carefully avoiding any situations that might result in a collision. Many people give up…

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June 18, 2018

The dangers of the ‘gig economy’ and why this might affect you

The supreme court decision in pimlico plumbers v smith What was the decision? On 13 June 2018 the Supreme Court held that Mr Smith was a worker of Pimlico Plumbers, although not an employee. Various media outlets have incorrectly reported that he has been found to be an employee, which just proves how easy this area of law…

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