May 2, 2018

AI is Increasingly Influencing our Lives, but can we Really Trust It?

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” These poignant words are those of Annelies Marie ‘Anne’ Frank (1929–1945). She changed the world, but sadly did not live to see the impact. Anne talked about improving the world and there’s no doubt that almost every free-thinker,…

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April 25, 2018

GDPR: HR’s Role in Preventing Cyber-Attacks and Costly Breaches

The impending introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May means the cost of poor cyber security is about to rocket, with lost, hacked, stolen and badly-managed data liable to cost your business up to £17 million (€20 million) or 4% of global turnover in fines. These are serious figures, but many in…

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April 23, 2018

Can I Insist My Employees Speak English?

“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol’n the scraps.” William Shakespeare – Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act 5, Scene 1, 32-39 The English language is the most spoken in the world, utilised by the United Nations as one of their two main languages, and more widespread than any language in history, including…

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April 19, 2018

How to Handle Employees Wanting Time Off Work to Attend a Wedding

We are heading towards wedding season again, with the Royal nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to herald the start of the season proper on 19 May. The UK has seen a rise of 1-in-3 couples choosing a mid-week wedding during the past seven years, with the most popular day being Thursday. Couples…

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April 5, 2018

If an Employee is On Call at Home, Does This Count as Working Time?

Yes, it does count as working time conclude the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) following a significant ruling arising from a dispute in Belgium. So here’s a 3-min briefing on the law, the case, the ruling, and what employers here in the UK should do next. What is on call working? The…

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March 26, 2018

Who is Responsible for Raising the Possibility of ‘Bumping’ in a Redundancy Exercise?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) – where disgruntled Claimants/Respondents turn if they wish to appeal an Employment Tribunal decision – has recently examined the issue of ‘bumping’ in redundancy exercises. As EAT cases, and any propositions of law arising from them, are binding on future Employment Tribunal cases, it is worth examining the development. ‘Bumping’…

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March 19, 2018

Official: The End of Fit for Work Health Assessments

Did you ever refer an employee to the Fit for Work Assessment service? No? Well if you didn’t you weren’t alone, as the Department for Work and Pensions has now confirmed this free service will be mothballed on 31 March (31 May in Scotland) due to low referral rates. The Fit for Work Assessment Service…

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March 16, 2018

Four GDPR Risk Areas to Consider for Payroll & HR

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, many employers may be worried that they do not fully understand all the new rules surrounding the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about an individual they hold and process. The new legislation will have a huge impact on employers, particularly on…

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March 9, 2018

New Case Puts Focus on Fairness when Monitoring Employees with CCTV

The use of CCTV surveillance to monitor employees has come into sharp focus following a Judgment in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that tightens the understanding for employers over what surveillance is acceptable. Article 8(1) European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) states “everyone has a right to respect for his private and family…

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March 6, 2018

Digital Benefits – is the Bubble About to Burst?

This January a revolution took place, taking power away from the financial elites and giving it to the everyman. It’s a big deal, a major event, but with the Mainstream Media © battling the onslaught of fake news, it’s also something you could very easily have missed: The launch of Open Banking. This is a…

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February 12, 2018

How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee

By now all companies should have an adequate equal opportunities policy in place which includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment, two of the ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010. But is having an equal opportunities policy enough? Just because you may have such a policy tucked away in your handbook, this doesn’t mean that…

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