January 16, 2019

The Good Work Plan: Four Things Employers Need to Know

In December 2018, the government announced the ‘Good Work Plan’. This forms part of the government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary described the changes as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. In 2016 the government set up a commission chaired…

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January 10, 2019

One in Ten Employers said their Performance Management Systems were Demotivating for Staff

New research conducted by ACAS has revealed that one in ten employers said that their Performance Management system was demotivating for staff. It also found that only one in four organisations adapt their performance management processes to consider staff with disabilities and conditions such as dyslexia and austism. The new research ‘Improvement required?’ focused on how employers use Performance Management systems…

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January 8, 2019

Time to Audit Your GDPR Compliance?

2018 saw a significant increase in referrals to the Information Commissioner and fines doubled – even under the old legislation. The penalties are higher under the new legislation. Plus there’s the risk of you being made vicariously liable for your employee’s actions. With this in mind, now is undoubtedly the time to revisit the adequacy…

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January 3, 2019

Home Office Threatens to “Name and Shame” over Modern Slavery

A significant number of clients are telling us about letters they’ve received from the Home Office. These threaten to “name and shame” them for failure to meet legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 if they don’t comply by 31st March 2019. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – what are the requirements? This…

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December 28, 2018

2018 Legislation Changes – Year in Review for HR

2018 is coming to an end, so let’s look at five employment law rulings and legislation changes that affected HR teams over the last 12 months.   1. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concludes that if an employee is on call at home, it does count as Working Time   The case of…

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December 20, 2018

Has “Merry Christmas” Passed its Shelf Life?

You’d be under the impression that Christmas has once again been cancelled this year if you believed everything written in the tabloid press! In an age of political correctness; what is the correct way to wish someone a “Merry Christmas”? Across the pond our American counterparts have re-branded Christmas as the holiday season where “Happy…

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December 17, 2018

Company Liable for Christmas Party Assault that left Employee Brain Damaged

When thinking about how you should prepare for your work Christmas party it’s important to have a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities as an employer. Whilst rules may relax when the drinks are flowing, there’s very clear guidance in employment law that you as an employer are vicariously liable for the behaviour of…

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December 13, 2018

Mistletoe and #MeToo – Time to Retire a Christmas Tradition?

When you think of Christmas, lots of traditions spring to mind such as mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe. However, the idea that if you meet someone under the mistletoe, you have to kiss them, does not sit easy with many of us. Especially at a work Christmas party. As an employer, should you remove…

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December 4, 2018

10 Festive Ideas to Boost Employee Wellbeing

December’s not the best is it? You go to work in the dark. And come home in the dark. You’re dreading snow because – let’s face it – the country will grind to a halt. You’ve heard ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day’ eight times now. And no. You don’t. Because if it…

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November 30, 2018

5 Steps to Minimise the Impact of Adverse Weather this Winter

We have stocked up on grit for our driveways, had snow tyres fitted on our cars and stockpiled the fridge within hours of the Met Office issuing a weather warning that snow is forecast. But while most of us agree that snow is picturesque, adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on businesses that do not have…

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