September 3, 2015

Top tips for flexible working: Family friendly entitlements

With the start of the new school year upon us, many of your employees will be requesting flexible working hours. The right to request flexible working for ALL employees has been in place since June 2014. Does your company have the right policies and procedures in place to be a flexible place to work? Previously…

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August 24, 2015

Steering safety in the right direction

Every year, there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed, according to HSE statistics. The main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them. Workplace transport is any activity involving vehicles used in a workplace. Vehicles driven…

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Discrimination by association

Can an employee bring a claim of discrimination even though they do not have one of the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010? In a recent case by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), (CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za Zashtita ot Diskriminatsia (Case C-83/14) EU: C: 2015:480; [2015] WLR…

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Can you dismiss a whistleblower?

Dismissing an employee for ‘blowing the whistle’ is automatically unfair, no matter how long they’ve been at the organisation, according to a recent case. Workers are protected under the law if they reveal to those in positions of authority suspected malpractice at work. It is in the public interest that the law protects whistleblowersso that…

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August 21, 2015

Why you need a robust social media policy!

Employers need to have a robust social media policy to protect them against disciplinary action – as shown by a recent Employment Tribunal case regarding unfair dismissal. David Smith was fired after posting offensive comments on Facebook. In the case (British Waterways Board v Smith, August 2015) the employer argued it was fair to dismiss…

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How to calculate annual leave for part time workers

You probably know that full time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave, but what about part time employees? A part time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around their working week. To calculate holiday entitlement, use the following formula… 5.6 x number of working days = Holiday…

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August 20, 2015

Fire Risk Assessments – A Burning Issue

Throughout Britain, there are unqualified people undertaking Fire Risk Assessments – and many of them are not insurance and not accredited. There are incidents where Fire Authorities consider the assessments to be insufficient and refuse to accept them. They may also take action if they think your fire safety measures aren’t adequate. In some circumstances,…

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July 21, 2015

Trade Union Bill: The biggest changes in 30 years

The Government has now published its draft trade union bill – if passed, this bill could see some significant changes to Employment Law…. Here are some of the most important points about the draft bill you need to know… Notice period of strike action & agency cover The most important proposed change for employers to…

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Holiday Pay for voluntary overtime?

The controversial question of what to include in holiday pay has taken another turn against employers. So what’s changed and what do you need to include in your calculations for holiday pay? Commission… Employers may have to change their payment arrangements for employees who earn a high proportion of their salary as commission, following a…

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Do your employees complain about uncomfortable chairs? If so, your office seating could be a major Health & Safety risk. Staff members often identify chairs as the main cause of their back aches. Studies have found that in the life cycle of an office chair in a typical year that the average chair spends around 2000…

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July 20, 2015

Ensure your heating is ready for the winter

In the summer, it seems wrong think about servicing your heating systems. However, inspection and servicing of Gas Appliances and other types of heating now can prevent issues in the winter. Summer and autumn are the ideal time to have your heating systems checked in particular checks for Carbon Monoxide. Often employers wait until the…

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How looking after older workers can safeguard your future

In the UK, almost 9.5 million people in employment are over the age of 50. This equates to over 30% of the UK workforce. In the not-too-distant future, a major proportion of these employees will retire, taking their skills and experience with them. The problem is that the demographic change over recent years means that…

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