December 1, 2015

When does Social Networking become an Employment Issue?

Smart phones, the internet, tweeting and blogging have all become part of the 21st century working world, whether employers like it or not. But when do comments made by employees in blogs or on social network sites such as twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace become an employment issue? What’s the problem? What employees do or…

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Dealing with misconduct outside of work

After your employees leave work at the end of the day, do you lose all control over what they say or do? While you won’t wish to intrude upon their activities or interests outside work, you can legitimately expect them not to engage in activity which may: Result in bad publicity to your organisation Cause…

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The Yuletide Yield – productivity tips

It’s that time of year again, when we’re gearing up for Christmas and all that comes with it… presents, parties, shopping, drinking, and re-runs of Only Fools and Horses. These things are synonymous with the festive period. For employers, however, the festive period is also synonymous with productivity problems. There is no doubt that the demands…

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Top tips for managing absence during bad weather

Winter is here and it could be colder and snowier than normal. Advanced weather models are predicting months of heavy snowfall, with conditions expecting to mirror those of winter 2009 / 2010 which was so long and chilly it was dubbed “the Big Freeze”. Staff absences tend to raise dramatically during extreme weather as road…

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Festive Fallout: Holidays, Absence and Annual Leave at Christmas

The festive period is a time when many businesses see extra demand for their products and services, but it also sees staff absence levels and annual leave requests sky rocket. With a combination of sick days following Christmas parties and a large number of employees requesting time off, it can be difficult for employers to…

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Christmas Party HR tips for employers

Office Christmas parties can be a fantastic morale boost for employees but employers need to be aware of potential risks, such as alcohol fuelled fights, discrimination and absenteeism. Employers have responsibility for their staff members at any work-related Christmas function. When employee behaviour strays into misconduct, particularly where alcohol is involved, they are often the…

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November 24, 2015

Can an employee choose who they wish to accompany them at a disciplinary hearing?

Employers might be surprised to hear that employees facing allegations which could lead to the end of their career may be entitled to be represented by a qualified lawyer at a disciplinary hearing. The general rule that employees are not entitled to legal representation has recently been challenged in two recent cases. Therefore, organisations should…

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November 13, 2015

Do you have more employees than you think?

In a recent survey of people who ‘work for themselves’, it was found that 1 in 10 were actually employees, even though these people were classed as self-employed. However, the biggest area of concern is the Construction industry where it is estimated that over 50% of self-employed workers are, in fact, employees. This could mean…

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October 22, 2015

Time spent travelling to work ‘is work’

The time spent travelling to and from the first and last jobs by employees without a fixed office should be regarded as work, European judges have ruled. Until now, mobile workers who travel to get to or from their first or last appointment of the day were not required to count that time as work.…

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October 19, 2015

Am I a slave?

You might think that Slavery is not an issue that a modern British organisation would need to keep in mind. However, the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which came into force recently, includes a provision to encourage businesses to take action to ensure their end-to-end supply chains are slavery free. Organisations should not underestimate how significant…

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September 21, 2015

Are you managing Work at Height effectively?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is currently carrying out targeted inspections on refurbishment projects – and Working at Height is likely to be high on the list of enforcement. HSE figures indicate that 45% of deaths on construction sites in Britain last year were as a result of falls from height and 581 workers…

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Long term sickness and TUPE employee rights

Most HR professionals will know that when a business changes owner, its employees’ rights, duties and liabilities are directly transferred under the TUPE legislation. But it turns out this is not necessarily true if they are on long term sick leave, according to a recent case. TUPE, or Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), was…

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