November 2, 2017

Tribunal Fees Q&A No. 4: Will previous ECJ rulings be interpreted for claims made after Brexit?

Following the ruling removing tribunal fees for claimants, we’re taking an in-depth look at four key questions the ruling raises. In this fourth-and-final blog from Employer Services Manager Andy Weir, we look at the potential consequences for employment law adjudication post-Brexit: 4. With Britain’s most senior Judge Lord Neuberger requesting more clarity from the Government…

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October 20, 2017

Business and Terrorism: Looking After your Staff in Dangerous Times

Any employer could be forgiven for being confused about how to protect workers in these times when we are increasingly on alert for terror attacks in the UK. But it is not just a matter of safeguarding workers as they go about their business – it’s also about knowing where they are, particularly for those…

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October 12, 2017

Court Rules in Favour of Workplace-Email Privacy

A new legal precedent has been set across Europe following a ruling that employees are allowed a certain amount of privacy when sending and receiving workplace emails. The case, heard in the European Court of Human Rights, originally relates to a Romanian engineer who was dismissed in 2007 for exchanging messages on an office account…

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September 21, 2017

Eight Steps to Overcome your Fear of Employee Grievances

Disgruntled, frustrated and even furious are feelings most employees will experience at some point in their careers. Yet, when they bring such feeling to the attention of their superiors, many managers panic for fear of falling foul of employment law or other repercussions. Often, all the employee wants is to be listened to or given…

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September 20, 2017

Ryanair – Pilots Take Flight Leaving Passengers Grounded

Ryanair has been hit with a self-inflicted HR disaster as poor holiday scheduling for its own pilots has led the popular airline to cancel 2,000 flights, leaving many holiday-makers and business travellers stranded. The airline has apologised, admitting ‘we messed up in the planning of pilot holidays’ after getting their forward planning all wrong. Ironically,…

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September 14, 2017

How to Turn Legal Obligations into Effective Flexible Working Practices

The reality of implementing flexible working requests has come under scrutiny from the TUC, after a survey of 1,000 young parents revealed significant challenges in arranging childcare around their working hours. The survey targeted young parents aged between 20-35 with regards to flexible working arrangements. The parents had at least one child aged between 1-16-years-old…

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September 12, 2017

Post-Brexit, Employers Need to be Careful they do not Discriminate Against EU Workers

Campaigners have raised concerns that employers, businesses and landlords are responding to the Brexit narrative by discriminating against EU citizens here in the UK. Many examples collected by EU-citizen campaign group the3million which can at best be attributed to ignorance, and include: An advert for a graduate sales executive in Bristol specifying German language skills…

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August 31, 2017

Absenteeism Hitting Profitability at UK SMEs

Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability at UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to 71% of firms questioned in our latest absence survey. The research found many UK SMEs are experiencing higher than average absenteeism in their business. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average number of sick days for…

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August 22, 2017

Tribunal Fees Q&A No. 1: When Will the ‘Flood’ of New Cases Happen?

Following the recent ruling removing tribunal fees for claimants, we’re taking an in-depth look at four key questions the ruling raises. In this first blog from Employer Services Manager Andy Weir, we look at early trends in the market that could point to longer-term changes as a result of the decision: 1. When should we…

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