December 18, 2015

What will 2016 bring?

As 2015 draws to a close it is time to dust off the crystal ball and see what 2016 will bring. It’s important to familiarise yourself with some of the forthcoming 2016 employment law changes, so here’s an overview of those which could have a significant impact on businesses: New legislation The National Living Wage…

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December 11, 2015

Only at Christmas! Avoiding HR disasters at the office party

From emotional outbursts at company Directors to stripping off in front of colleagues, employees have done it all at their office Christmas parties. The details may be hazy, but such incidents can have a devastating impact on employers over the festive period, including formal warnings, disciplinary investigations and even dismissals. With the worst behaviours at work Christmas…

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HR influence in disciplinary investigations could result in unfair dismissal

Too much interference from an HR department in disciplinary or investigation processes may lead to a verdict of unfair dismissal, suggests a recent case. Investigating issues of potential misconduct and taking disciplinary action is not the responsibility of the employer’s HR department. But how far can HR be involved in the process and outcome of…

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December 10, 2015

‘Tis the Season to be breathalysed

With the festive season in full swing, many employees will be drinking more alcohol and waking up hungover for work. But do your employees know the risk of driving or operating machinery the morning after aChristmas party? In 2012, 1,200 people were seriously injured when a driver was over the legal alcohol limit. As a…

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December 9, 2015

New Year brings tougher punishments for H&S Offences

The biggest change to Health & Safety Legislation since the 70s will come into force in February 2016, which will see offences such as corporate manslaughter, Health & Safety, food safety and hygiene punished more severely. The introduction of the guidelines will mean that, in some cases, offenders will receive higher penalties for serious offences,…

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Holiday Pay: What has changed for 2016?

As most employers move towards their new holiday year, it’s important to know what has changed when it comes to calculating annual leave payments. Unfortunately, holiday pay has become increasingly complicated and Employment Tribunal cases that are expected to resolve the issue are still ongoing. Back in July, we updated you on three important precedent…

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Health & Safety: It makes business sense

Effective management of Health & Safety can save up to 50% of your insurance costs, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). A recent case study from the HSE showed how a relatively small construction site managed to reduce its insurance costs by around 50%. This was achieved by creating a positive Health &…

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December 7, 2015

Granny Leave is coming!

Currently parents can request shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave, flexible working or emergency unpaid leave to deal with childcare issues. But what’s the situation for grandparents? Recently, a Wigan grandmother was allegedly sacked by text after she told her bosses she couldn’t work Saturdays.  Apparently she looked after her grandchildren. The Sports Direct warehouse…

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4 tips to avoid Christmas payroll pitfalls

It’s nearly Christmas, which means many people can look forward to a well-earned rest. But if you are an employer or payroll professional, Christmas and New Year brings a number of potential challenges that you need to be aware of and prepare for before you can start your Christmas break. Here are our top 5…

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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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