February 2, 2017

Workplace romance: What’s love (and the law) got to do with it?

As Valentine’s Day 2017 recedes into the distance for another year and the greetings card industry pauses to count its takings, should you be concerned about workplace romances affecting your staff? Maybe you’ve been following the gripping BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, a retelling of the bestseller by Louise Doughty? On her way to a…

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January 30, 2017

Driving home safety through safe workplace transport policy

2016 ended badly for one Staffordshire-based logistics company after they received heavy fines following two serious employee injuries in just two days in a story that should drive home the importance of safe workplace transport. Oxford Crown Court heard how on a 39-year-old male employee sustained crush injuries to his left foot when he was…

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January 23, 2017

Using restrictive covenants wisely in contractual agreements

Restrictive covenants are complex clauses, often criticised but never curtailed, and the source of many court cases. So let’s explore the history of these clauses and how employers can utilise them effectively. It has long been the principle of English law that: “All interference with individual liberty of action in trading, and all restraints of…

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January 16, 2017

Blue Monday – fact or fiction? [plus 10 tips PDF]

Whatever the truth behind Blue Monday it’s inevitable that the dark nights, poor weather and post-Xmas lull can leave employees feeling blue. Our recent survey conducted in Jan 2017 found two-thirds of employees are currently fed up at work, and 46% likely to look for a new job within the next three months. A third…

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January 5, 2017

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead to chronic, debilitating disorders including injury and damage of the joints or other tissues in the upper and lower limbs…

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January 3, 2017

Managing mental health-related absences

Like turkey and the Queen’s Speech, tradition and Christmas go hand in hand. Similarly, most employers will be aware of another seemingly unbreakable tradition – increased absence levels in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. During the month of December, UK businesses lost a total of approx. 23 million working days through…

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December 18, 2016

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead to chronic, debilitating disorders including injury and damage of the joints or other tissues in the upper and lower limbs…

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December 15, 2016

The show’s over for the gig economy

As 2016 begins to count down, so too does the ticking time-bomb regarding employment status. We look at how the recent tribunal against Uber will affect employers who make significant use of agency staff, freelancers, sub-contractors or consultants. How the gig economy disrupted the traditional model Media references to the ‘gig’ economy (where the world…

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December 14, 2016

The dust has settled, so where do we stand after the Autumn Statement?

Philip Hammond’s first and last, as it turned out, Autumn Statement was always going to be a challenge in light of the political transformations over the summer. With such difficult and uncertain times ahead, how did the Chancellor do answering the questions we posed pre-Statement: What are the Government’s plans to strengthen the £? How…

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December 13, 2016

Balancing flexibility with fair treatment for agency workers

Building flexibility into your workforce and maintaining equal and fair treatment for workers can be a tricky balance to strike. Here we look at the use of agency workers and how to work with them safely and in line with the latest regulations. Spotlight swings from zero hours to agency workers There are concerns an…

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