June 17, 2015

Working at Height? Plan properly or get fined!

Do your employees need to Work at Height? If you don’t put measures in place to plan, manage and monitor the project properly or you could face a huge fine. Recently, a man from Birmingham was fined £3000 and ordered to pay £1255.30 in costs at Sandwell Magistrates Court for failing to properly plan or…

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How to stop office banter becoming serious sexual harassment

Office banter could cost your business £3.2 million if it becomes sexual harassment or gender based discrimination. In a recent employment tribunal case, Lokhova v Sberbank, a female banker was awarded £3.2m for office “banter” that crossed from bullying to sex discrimination – highlighting that substantial costs can stem from failing to take sexual harassment…

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June 15, 2015

New asbestos rules – your employees could need Health Surveillance

Does your business work with asbestos? If so, your employees may be required to be under surveillance by a doctor. A new law, which came into force in April 2015, states that any employee or self-employed contractor undertaking “Notifiable Non-Licensed Asbestos Work” must be subject to Health Surveillance by a doctor. However, this level of surveillance does…

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May 29, 2015

Will the election result affect employers?

May’s General Election saw the Conservative Party win a majority in government and the result came as a huge surprise to all involved, not least the Conservatives themselves. Similarly the level of rise in support for the SNP and the level of decline in support for the Liberal Democrats and Labour was beyond what commentators…

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May 28, 2015

Written warnings may be disregarded

Written warnings may not be sufficient evidence in employee dismissal cases anymore, according to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal in Way v Spectrum Care Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 381 held that a warning given in ‘bad faith’ should not be taken into account in deciding whether there is, or was, sufficient reason…

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Cycle to work, not a tribunal

Once you can ride a bike you never forget, so don’t forget your responsibilities as an employer either! Where you as an employer provide bikes for your employees to use, perhaps through a cycle to work scheme, you are required to comply with health and safety regulations. It doesn’t end with providing a helmet and…

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Sun, Sea and Suspicious Safety Policies

Summer is almost upon us and we can all enjoy hot sunny weather… but beware it has its dangers. During a prolonged heat wave there are health risks. The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are groups who become particularly at risk with health related problems (sun stroke, dehydration). “In the 2003 heat…

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May 27, 2015

Driving you crazy

Just to add to the things that you now have to do as an employer…the DVLA are no longer issuing or updating the paper counterpart to UK driving licences. Should you need to check the licences of staff members that drive on your behalf; their paper counterpart will no longer be updated – starting from…

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Shared Parental Leave and Pay – Could this be discriminatory?

Two important new pieces of legislation are now live – Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) and Pay (ShPP). This means that either parent may take Shared Parental Leave (for a maximum of 50 weeks as the first two weeks of Maternity Leave is compulsory for the mother) and Shared Parental Pay is to be paid at…

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April 30, 2015

Can The Cloud improve your HR?

It can be tricky to keep up with the day-to-day HR needs of your workforce. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant – they all take away from the main objectives of your business. Cloud-based HR systems can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on…

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April 22, 2015

What are your employees’ attitudes to Health & Safety?

Could your workers’ attitudes towards Health & Safety be causing accidents in your business? A large number of accidents in the workplace are caused by employees behaving in careless or unusual ways. Since the 1974 Act, businesses generally focused on managing safety in practical terms – i.e. guards in place, edge protection checklist etc. However,…

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Do you have a Clarkson working for you?

News reports and social media sites have been filled with views on Jeremy Clarkson following his alleged attack on a colleague. Love him or hate him, everyone seems to have an opinion on whether he should have continued in his employment or not. Jeremy Clarkson’s behaviour, both on and off the Top Gear camera, has…

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