January 27, 2016

How to resolve workplace conflicts

It’s an inevitable fact of life that, whenever there is a gathering of people, conflict will arise from time to time. The work place is no different. How does an organisation handle or resolve such conflict? Is timing an important factor in resolving? Mediation is not often a consideration given by organisations to resolving disputes…

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How to handle the redundancy process

Delivering bad news about redundancies is never an easy task. However, how the process is managed can have a long-lasting impact on individuals and the organisation as a whole. At a time when many such businesses are in ‘survival mode’, the last thing that an employer wants to face is expensive litigation. A number of recent…

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January 19, 2016

Having no Employers’ Liability Insurance will cost you £4000

January 2016 saw a takeaway shop getting fined £2,000, with costs of £2,360, for failure to produce an ELCI (Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance) certificate. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how local fire protection services notified the HSE that the business did not have ELCI.  After numerous letters to the Takeaway business they failed to provide a…

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New Year, New Challenge – Are you legally Compliant?

As businesses return to work and look forward to what the New Year will bring, it is also a good time to start the year on the right footing with your Health & Safety Management Programme. So, how do you establish where you are at with your own business and your Health & Safety programme?…

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Zero hours contracts could be more popular than you think

Employees on zero hours contracts could be just as happy as permanent staff, a new survey suggests. The research, from the Charted Institute of Personnel Practice (CIPD), found that on average, zero-hours contract employees experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employee’s on permanent, full-time contracts. In general zero hours…

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January 15, 2016

Moorepay tackles discrimination claim head on

Moorepay recently defended a large and well respected care trust in the Employment Tribunal against claims of race and disability discrimination presented by one of their ex-employees. The Trust were very keen to defend the claim, not only to protect their well-established and excellent reputation, but also to protect the current and future contractual relationships…

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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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