January 9, 2018

Twenty Seventeen: What a Year You’ve Been for HR!

Goodbye to 2017, the year that just kept giving. 2017 was a corker for those in the HR/employment law community, serving up a variety of interesting cases and food for thought. The withdrawal of Employment Tribunal fees The withdrawal of Employment Tribunal fees has got to be the most spectacular event in the 2017 HR…

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December 18, 2017

Morrisons Data Leak Highlights GDPR Threat to Employers

Business owners have been given a wake up call after the news that thousands of employees are suing Morrisons supermarket after their personal details were leaked online by a senior IT employee. With new the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, it highlights the financial and reputational risks of the…

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December 15, 2017

Could you Afford to Pay 13 years’ Holiday Pay?

Businesses that employ ‘gig economy’ workers, such as taxi or delivery firms, and deny them paid holiday leave could now be forced to pay huge bills as a result of a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ruling found that a commission-based salesman was entitled to claim for up to 13…

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December 12, 2017

Flexible Working: Your Route to a Prosperous Future

The future of employment could lie in flexible working, according to a new survey carried out by consultancy, Timewise. The survey revealed that 63% of full time employees now work flexibly, with arrangements including working from home for some or all of the week, flexi time, part time hours and term time only work. It…

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December 9, 2017

What Does GDPR Mean for Your Business?

Are you unsure what GDPR means? Well, it means A LOT. Whatever the size of your business, you must comply with new regulations regarding the security, storage and use of personal information. The ramifications of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for UK trade are so significant that it’s being enacted here very soon…

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December 8, 2017

Five Employee Absence Tips for Winter Weather

With the latest weather forecasts predicting freezing weather conditions and possible snowfall across Britain this winter, it’s vital for businesses to start preparing for increases in employee absences. Extreme weather conditions tend to cause a dramatic rise in staff absences because road and rail disruption, combined with school closures, make it difficult for employees to…

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December 3, 2017

Sexual Harassment – What Are You Doing About It?

With the number of sexual harassment cases currently in the news, you may be under the impression that such claims and allegations only occur in Hollywood, the media or Parliament, but think again. These cases may well be prominent, and have highlighted issues that may or may not be prevalent in the workplace, but is…

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November 22, 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: Snapshot for SMEs

This Autumn Budget was widely trailed as the trickiest to be delivered in a generation. Slowing economic growth, a longstanding commitment to deficit reduction, Brexit uncertainty and rapid technological change all combined to give the Chancellor Philip Hammond very little room to manoeuvre. But in an hour-long speech that will contain a great deal of…

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November 6, 2017

Notice of Legal Proceedings – Be Prepared for Any Historical Claims [10-min read]

Every employer dreads them but few can avoid them – the dreaded notice that legal proceedings have been taken against them. This can range from an industrial injury claim (generally speaking handled by the employer’s liability insurance), to notice of civil proceedings, to notice of an Employment Tribunal claim. This article sets out the steps…

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