August 18, 2016

Smartphones: good for business or good for wasting time?

A US survey of people who use smartphones at work has revealed 65% of employees admit to using their phones for personal messaging and social media during working hours. And the impact on employers is huge: 75% of those surveyed said phone-use resulted in a loss of at least two hours of productivity per day,…

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August 16, 2016

Religious clothing and the workplace – your legal rights and responsibilities

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) case has examined the issue of religious clothing in the workplace, but those looking for a definitive ruling in this sensitive area may be disappointed. The ECJ’s decision in Samira Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions, delivered in June 2016, goes some way to clarifying the position. Ultimately, however,…

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August 5, 2016

An Employer’s Lowdown on Legal Highs

The concept of getting ‘high’ has been around since the 1600s, when the term was first used to describe intoxication. Since then, the drug of choice – opium, mushrooms, cannabis, cocaine – has changed with the years and the fashion; with each new stimulant (or depressant) outlawed as it became popular and mainstream. In recent…

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August 1, 2016

Ten steps for managing a successful TUPE

There’s a lot of takeover talk in football at the moment, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Brom looking likely to follow recent-buy-outs Everton and Swansea City in taking on new owners. And when a business is bought out – whether it’s a premiership football club, a multinational conglomerate or the local chip shop – the…

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July 25, 2016

Cracking the dress code – these shoes were made for working

Workplace dress codes have been called into sharp focus following the recent highly-publicised incident involving former-actress Nicola Thorp, sent home from her new city job on her first day for refusing to wear heels. Nicola arrived for her first day with PwC’s outsourced reception firm, Portico, in smart dress and wearing flat shoes ready to…

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July 22, 2016

Managing hate crime in the workplace

Reported hate crime has risen 42% since our vote for BREXIT, presenting employers with perhaps their first tangible HR challenge since the historic decision to leave. The vote split the UK’s population in half, with 52 per cent of voters backing BREXIT and 48 per cent voting to remain. And in a frightening reaction to…

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July 20, 2016

Holiday pay – how do you calculate your staff allowances?

While employees count down the days to their time in the sun, concerned only by the price of the pound and which socks and sandals to pack, the summer season is an altogether more difficult time for employers. As well as the obvious complications caused by half the workforce heading to the Costa Del Somewhere,…

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June 29, 2016

BREXIT: What HR and Payroll professionals need to do now

The decision to vote Brexit in the referendum may have far-reaching consequences for employers and their employees up-and-down the country. For employees it is an uncertain time as they ponder the impact the result will have on their jobs, and the terms and conditions of their contracts. For employers, there will be long-term uncertainty about regulations and…

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June 23, 2016

Born-again Christian loses religious discrimination appeal

A born-again Christian who pressured a Muslim colleague to convert has lost an appeal against her employer for religious discrimination. Ms Wasteney, who made the claim against East London NHS Foundation Trust, was disciplined after allegedly offering to pray for her junior colleague, giving her a book about a Muslim woman converting to Christianity, and…

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June 8, 2016

Managing absence in a summer of sport

Sporting tournaments engage the nation in a rare sense of communal endeavour, with football – the country’s most-supported sport – generating the most interest. Bunting will be hung, songs will be sung. And while this is a (mostly) regular occurrence for England, this summer will see three of the four home nations competing, meaning 92%…

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After the 9-to-5: understanding Employment Status Types

Employment Status Types can be complicated in the modern working environment. And they can cost business a lot of money too – HMRC collected £737m last year alone from non-compliance, predominantly from SMEs. So how do you protect your business?  Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen,pour myself a cup of ambition,and yawn,…

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May 24, 2016

Life outside the big house – A chance for reform

The Queens speech set out a proposal for prisoners to spend weekends in jail and live at home the rest of the time, therefore enabling them to keep full-time jobs during the week. These proposed reforms to the prison system include plans to make them into “places of rehabilitation”, in a drive to increase “life…

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