February 25, 2015

E-cigarettes in the office is becoming a burning issue

Some UK employers have already banned employees from using e-cigs at their desk – but should all work places do this? A recent Employment Tribunal case highlighted the importance of employers ensuring that the use of e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ is included in a smoking policy. The Tribunal in Insley v Accent Catering considered a claim…

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Managing An Ageing Workforce

By 2020, 36% of the working population will be aged over 50, according to recent Labour Force statistics. Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that employment in older workers aged between 50 and 64 years old has grown to 7.32 million and the numbers of those aged 65 and over…

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January 27, 2015

Don’t let employee absence affect your business

Sickness absence is a costly issue for many employers and, with the start of a new year, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at your absence management procedure. The tips below should help in guiding you towards managing your employee absence levels and deal with any issues that arise as a result……

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Obesity is now a disability?

Have you seen in the news that obesity is now considered to be a disability? That means, in some cases, obese employees will have the same employment protection as other disabled employees. It must be emphasised that discrimination on the grounds of obesity on its own is not itself unlawful. This question was considered recently…

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December 17, 2014

Overtime to be used in holiday pay calculations

Following the landmark case which ruled that overtime could be included in Holiday Pay, we wanted to give you a quick overview – as it may affect the way you approach your annual leave. Historically, non-guaranteed overtime has not been used in the calculation for holiday pay at the time that employees take leave. This…

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How to manage employee absence

All companies must deal with sickness absence in a fair, consistent and sympathetic way, as each absence is different and requires individual handling. Accurate monitoring of absence periods is essential with sickness absence being dealt with differently to absences not associated with ill health. Companies should ensure all employees are aware of the sickness absence…

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November 27, 2014

Who do you employ?

The status of workers and whether or not they should be categorised as employees is one of the most difficult questions in employment law. This is underlined by the recent case of Quashie v Stringfellows Restaurants Ltd.  In this case the Employment Tribunal found that Ms Quashie was not an employee, the Employment Appeal Tribunal…

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November 24, 2014

Christmas parties – it’s not all fun and games

As Christmas draws closer, it’s time to unwind and have fun with your colleagues at the end of the year. Companies are likely to have more or less the same legal responsibilities at the Christmas Party as during office hours. But with great planning and communication, you can completely avoid any potential problems. Health &…

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November 18, 2014

How to manage extreme weather conditions

Britain could be facing the worst winter in 100 years, causing severe disruption to business. Here’s some top tips to ensure you don’t get caught out by the cold… It’s been an unusually mild autumn but scientists claim we should prepare for a freezing winter – with record lows, Arctic blizzards and icy winds that…

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October 30, 2014

How to manage multiple holiday requests?

It’s the age old HR problem – employees that want time off over Christmas. What’s worse, many employees save up their holidays so they can disappear for weeks. That means you need to manage your multiple requests so your company is able to operate properly, but your employees are still satisfied. Refusing people paid leave…

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September 30, 2014

TUPE Reforms Update – The Never Ending Story

The Transfer of Undertakings for the Protection of Employment (TUPE), which became UK law over 30 years ago, is tinkered with nearly every year – and 2014 is no different. There are several major changes this year. The first change is that work that is to be transferred must be; “fundamentally the same” for TUPE…

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September 29, 2014

Does Holiday Pay include commission and overtime?

Holiday Pay has always been a controversial topic in Employment Law – but the most recent dispute is over whether holiday pay should include commission or overtime. Surprisingly, until 1998, there was no legal entitlement to holiday leave or pay in the UK – even though most employers still provided it. A European Directive first…

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