September 10, 2018

Harassment at Work – a Comprehensive Walkthrough

Organisations should treat any form of harassment seriously – not just because of the legal implications and because it can lead to under-performance, but because people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work too. Employers should foster a fair and inclusive working environment that enables everyone to feel they can…

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September 6, 2018

Ten Steps for Chairing Successful Disciplinary Hearings

Chairing disciplinary hearings or listening to formal grievances are activities that take lots of managers out of their comfort zone – even many HR managers dislike this aspect of the role. Follow these ten tips to take away the pressure and ensure the best outcome for your business and workplace relationships. 1. Prepare for the…

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August 28, 2018

Being Gay at Work: Pride and Progress

In July 2017, the Government launched a national survey of LGBT people. The survey received more than 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind anywhere in the world.   Some of the most important findings:  23% of survey respondents employed in the 12 months preceding the survey had experienced a negative or mixed reaction…

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August 15, 2018

The National Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships, and Age-Based Discrimination

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) celebrates its 20-year anniversary in April 2019, but age and the NMW has been an issue in the media for a very different reason. The Odeon cinema chain, Card Factory and ten sports clubs were among more than 200 employers named-and-shamed by the Government for failing to pay the national…

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August 14, 2018

Paternity Leave Reform Plans Considered by Government

In March the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) published its paper on reforming workplace policies to support fathers balance their parental responsibilities and work – the take up (or lack of it) of shared paternity leave being the particular concern. As employer will be aware, the original two-week statutory paid paternity leave was introduced in…

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August 13, 2018

Modern Slavery – Hidden in Plain Sight 

Home Office research published at the end of July reveals that modern slavery costs the UK economy an estimated £4 billion annually.   Consequently, the Government has announced an independent review of its 2015 Modern Slavery Act. This is to ensure that what it describes as “world-first legislation” keeps in step with this evolving crime. But surely slavery ended with the Abolition of Slave…

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August 2, 2018

Is Spending on Workplace Wellbeing Really Worth It? 

Back in 2016 a House of Commons briefing noted that 99% of UK private businesses – and thus one third of our workforce – are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the paper suggested that limited access to resources make some less likely to implement workplace initiatives promoting a health-based culture for employees.   When you consider that full-time employees spend one third…

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July 23, 2018

What Employers Need to Know About Employing EU Workers Post-Brexit

With Brexit now only a few months away – our membership of the EU is set to end on the 29 March 2019 – in this blog we look at the potential effects of Brexit from an employer’s perspective. But first, the Brexit basics. The transition period It is hoped that, by our exit date,…

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July 20, 2018

One-in-Ten Small Businesses are Currently under Investigation by HMRC

According to a new statement from HMRC, 10 per cent of all small businesses in the UK are under investigation – equivalent to more than half a million at any one time. HMRC recently told the Treasury select committee that it is going after small businesses to reclaim £34bn in tax that it was unable…

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July 13, 2018

Court of Appeal Reverses Pay Decision in Sleep-In Workers Saga

The Court of Appeal has today reversed a minimum wage decision relating to “sleep-in” sessions by care workers. The case in question, Royal Mencap Society and Claire Tomlinson-Blake, has ramifications for care providers throughout the UK. In a series of Judgements, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (and subsequently HMRC) previously ruled that “sleep-in” sessions amounted to…

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