November 24, 2014

Christmas parties – it’s not all fun and games

As Christmas draws closer, it’s time to unwind and have fun with your colleagues at the end of the year. Companies are likely to have more or less the same legal responsibilities at the Christmas Party as during office hours. But with great planning and communication, you can completely avoid any potential problems. Health &…

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus has a message for you…

Santa has a safety message to make sure you, your co-workers and your family stay safe over the festive season… Fairy Lights Check the fuses – ensure they are the are the right  rating  (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use) If bulbs blow, replace them Don’t leave fairy lights…

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November 18, 2014

How to manage extreme weather conditions

Britain could be facing the worst winter in 100 years, causing severe disruption to business. Here’s some top tips to ensure you don’t get caught out by the cold… It’s been an unusually mild autumn but scientists claim we should prepare for a freezing winter – with record lows, Arctic blizzards and icy winds that…

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November 11, 2014

Overtime to be included in holiday pay

In a ground-breaking case, an Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that overtime should be included in holiday pay. Historically, non-guaranteed overtime has not been used in the calculation for holiday pay at the time that employees take leave. This has long been criticised by unions on the basis that, as they see it, it penalised workers for taking…

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October 30, 2014

How to manage multiple holiday requests?

It’s the age old HR problem – employees that want time off over Christmas. What’s worse, many employees save up their holidays so they can disappear for weeks. That means you need to manage your multiple requests so your company is able to operate properly, but your employees are still satisfied. Refusing people paid leave…

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Ebola – Does it affect you?

Ebola – it’s all over the news at the moment…But it won’t affect us will it? There’s a lot of technical and medical information on Ebola virus from all over the world and it is hard to know what is fact or just gossip. All you really need to know is how it can affect you,…

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Flexible Working – now everyone has the right

The right to request flexible working has now extended to all employees – not just those caring for a child or dependant adult. Under the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014 from 30th June 2014 an extension of the right to the existing request flexible working process was introduced. The statutory right to…

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October 29, 2014

Parents can now share their paid leave

Now fathers and partners as well as mothers can take time off with their new baby. Shared Parental Leave is being introduced to enable both parents to be able to take paid time off to look after their child within the 52 weeks following the birth. Due to come into force on 1st December 2014,…

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October 28, 2014

Hosting a Bonfire? Follow our Safety Tips

Remember, remember the 5th of November. But don’t let it be for all the wrong reasons. If you’re planning to host an event this Bonfire Night, we’ve put together these Health & Safety tips to help you ensure you, your employees and your guests have a safe evening…. Fireworks at home or at friends fire work display…

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October 24, 2014

New equal pay powers for Tribunals

Employment Tribunals now have the power to order equal pay audits for employers who have lost equal pay claims. Equal pay audits have previously been championed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as good practice.  However, they have not been mandatory until now – as we briefly mentioned last month in our article Four October…

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September 30, 2014

TUPE Reforms Update – The Never Ending Story

The Transfer of Undertakings for the Protection of Employment (TUPE), which became UK law over 30 years ago, is tinkered with nearly every year – and 2014 is no different. There are several major changes this year. The first change is that work that is to be transferred must be; “fundamentally the same” for TUPE…

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