October 12, 2017

Court Rules in Favour of Workplace-Email Privacy

A new legal precedent has been set across Europe following a ruling that employees are allowed a certain amount of privacy when sending and receiving workplace emails. The case, heard in the European Court of Human Rights, originally relates to a Romanian engineer who was dismissed in 2007 for exchanging messages on an office account…

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October 1, 2017

HSE Announces New Way to Challenge FFIs and NoCs

Following a successful challenge by a firm in September 2016, the HSE has announced a new procedure to challenge Fees for Intervention (FFIs) bills and Notices of Contraventions (NoCs). The new process, which came into force 1 September, will require the HSE to disclose information to complainants about how inspectors decided the organisation was in…

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September 21, 2017

Eight Steps to Overcome your Fear of Employee Grievances

Disgruntled, frustrated and even furious are feelings most employees will experience at some point in their careers. Yet, when they bring such feeling to the attention of their superiors, many managers panic for fear of falling foul of employment law or other repercussions. Often, all the employee wants is to be listened to or given…

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September 20, 2017

Ryanair – Pilots Take Flight Leaving Passengers Grounded

Ryanair has been hit with a self-inflicted HR disaster as poor holiday scheduling for its own pilots has led the popular airline to cancel 2,000 flights, leaving many holiday-makers and business travellers stranded. The airline has apologised, admitting ‘we messed up in the planning of pilot holidays’ after getting their forward planning all wrong. Ironically,…

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September 14, 2017

How to Turn Legal Obligations into Effective Flexible Working Practices

The reality of implementing flexible working requests has come under scrutiny from the TUC, after a survey of 1,000 young parents revealed significant challenges in arranging childcare around their working hours. The survey targeted young parents aged between 20-35 with regards to flexible working arrangements. The parents had at least one child aged between 1-16-years-old…

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September 12, 2017

Post-Brexit, Employers Need to be Careful they do not Discriminate Against EU Workers

Campaigners have raised concerns that employers, businesses and landlords are responding to the Brexit narrative by discriminating against EU citizens here in the UK. Many examples collected by EU-citizen campaign group the3million which can at best be attributed to ignorance, and include: An advert for a graduate sales executive in Bristol specifying German language skills…

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September 1, 2017

Five Key Steps to Reduce your Risk of a Norovirus Outbreak

In the sunnier months we tend to hear little about norovirus, but a recent suspected outbreak at the Athletics World Championships in London highlighted the ongoing, all-year-round risk the virus presents. Here we look at what it is and how to reduce the chance of infection. A common virus with nasty effects Norovirus is the…

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August 31, 2017

Absenteeism Hitting Profitability at UK SMEs

Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability at UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to 71% of firms questioned in our latest absence survey. The research found many UK SMEs are experiencing higher than average absenteeism in their business. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average number of sick days for…

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August 22, 2017

Tribunal Fees Q&A No. 1: When Will the ‘Flood’ of New Cases Happen?

Following the recent ruling removing tribunal fees for claimants, we’re taking an in-depth look at four key questions the ruling raises. In this first blog from Employer Services Manager Andy Weir, we look at early trends in the market that could point to longer-term changes as a result of the decision: 1. When should we…

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