January 5, 2021

Can You Force an Employee to get the Covid Vaccine?

The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in December marked what the health secretary, Matt Hancock, referred to as a historic moment in overcoming the pandemic. But what does this mean for employers? As we know, employers have a duty, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of their employees and…

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January 4, 2021

Employment Law Changes & Important Dates in 2021

2021 will see the introduction of life post-brexit, as well as new off-payroll working (IR35) rules, gender pay gap reporting, increased statutory rates of pay… the list goes on. This blog post lists some of the key events and all-important dates to look out for this year. Post-Brexit Immigration System From 1 January 2021, EEA…

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January 4, 2021

Brexit 2021: Implications for Your Workforce

The United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the European Union on 31 January 2020. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, it continued to be treated like any other member state. It did so until ‘IP completion day’, which was 31 December 2020. As of IP completion day, the free movement regime…

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December 21, 2020

Is Being Dismissed for Anti-LGBT Remarks ‘Belief Discrimination’?

An important belief discrimination case was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in October 2020. The recent Development in Belief Discrimination was between Mrs K Higgs v Farmor’s School. Mrs Kristie Higgs was employed at Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire for seven years before being dismissed in 2018. Her dismissal for gross misconduct came after…

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December 17, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for HR Teams in 2021

With 2020 thankfully behind us, many of us will be making our New Year’s Resolutions. So, what resolutions should HR be making? There is no doubt that we’re all crossing our fingers for a return to a normal life, both at work and at home in 2021. However, with lots of companies realising that many,…

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December 16, 2020

What is the Real Cost of Poor H&S Policies?

Not taking health and safety seriously can not only put your workers at risk, but also your finances. Considering what the implications policies can have, it’s important that they are not an afterthought for your business. To enable companies to offer their services at a competitive price point, it can be tempting for them to…

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December 15, 2020

Virtual Onboarding: How to Make New, Remote Employees Feel Welcome

Your newly recruited employees may be facing their first day with you, from their home. So, how do you make sure your new, remote employees feel welcome? Typical onsite onboarding would include an introduction to the team, a tour of the office, and a meeting with management. A failure to do these things could result…

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December 15, 2020

Can you Offer Reduced Pay to Homeworkers?

As a new year dawns and COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, we examine the possible impact on the UK’s increasingly ‘agile’ workforce. It’s estimated that over 60% of the UK adult working population has worked from home at some stage during the pandemic. And 25% plan to work from home even when things…

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December 8, 2020

Winter Weather and Travel Disruption

There are many employees still travelling to their workplace. Over the coming months, they might be affected by travel disruption due to bad, winter weather. Unusual or unforeseen circumstances during adverse weather conditions, such as severe snowfall, increase the likelihood of lateness and absence at work. So, we’ve put together your top three questions and…

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December 7, 2020

Crack-Down on COVID Prevention in Transport Businesses

During the festive season, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inspecting businesses in the transport sector to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus. Warehouses and distribution centres will be subject to inspections by HSE and local authority officers, who will be making sure relevant guidance is followed. Online shopping behaviours have been…

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December 3, 2020

The Easy Way to Switch Payroll Providers

Your phone, it’s your lifeline. Happy with rubbish signal – nope! Happy to put up with rubbish reception? Nope! Cool with an old fashioned, inadequate handset? Absolutely not! Footloose and fancy free about lifelong contract terms? Erm, hell no! And then they put their prices up. They’ve really taken the biscuit this time. With your…

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