May 7, 2017

Know Where You Stand on Working at Height

When we think about working at height we think of dizzying towers and neck-straining altitudes but, officially, ‘work at height’ means any work that is carried out above or below ground where someone could fall and be injured. Even a height as minimal as the bottom rung of a ladder is deemed to be working…

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May 3, 2017

If the Shoe Fits… Reviewing Updates to Dress Codes

It’s been a whole year since we brought you the story of Nicola Thorp, the receptionist on a temporary contract whose refusal to change her flat work shoes for high heels caused a furore. In this update, we look at the results of that incident and provide you with the HR guidance on office dress…

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April 26, 2017

Could Low Absence Rates Pose a Risk to your Business?

Results from the CIPD’s seventeenth annual Absence Management survey in partnership with Simply Health show that the average level of employee absence for 2016 was 6.3 days per employee. That’s lower than at the height of the Great Recession in 2008-09 (when typically absence rates fall as employees worry about job security), and is in…

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April 21, 2017

Tragic Case Highlights Risk of Lone Working

A utilities company has been fined £1.8 million following the death of a man in a water filtration tank in a case that should serve as a stark reminder for companies with lone workers on or off site. The father-of two died in December 2013 when he fell into six and a half feet of…

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April 6, 2017

Five Things to Consider when Finding Solutions to Employee Lateness

Arriving at work on time is perhaps an obvious requirement but a recent study by the Resurgo Trust showed lateness is the top reason young people fail to get jobs. However, there may be other factors outside our control which hamper efforts to get to work: rail strikes, bus and train delays and traffic congestion…

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April 4, 2017

The Equality Act – A Brief Summary

At the 2005 general election New Labour promised to introduce a new Equality Act to simplify the existing body of legislation governing equality in the workplace and ‘promote equality at work‘. Following the Equalities Review in 2007 led by Trevor Philips (the head of the Commission for Racial Equality at the time), the Act was…

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March 27, 2017

50 Year Facelift – Moorepay Brand Refresh

If you’re familiar with Moorepay then you’ll probably notice we’re looking a bit different. Today we’re unveiling our new, modern website, and with it giving you a first show of our brand facelift which you’ll see across more and more of our materials and communications in the weeks and months ahead. Over the 50 years…

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March 20, 2017

The Workplace Headscarf Ban is Legal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said a workplace headscarf ban is legal, but what does this mean for UK employers? We’ve covered the case on this blog previously (catch up on the background here), but in brief: Ms. Achbita worked for Belgian-based G4S Secure Solutions who operated a policy not to allow employees…

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March 19, 2017

Why Terminology Matters on Employment Status

Employment status is always a tricky area for employers and the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case of Pimlico Plumbers & Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith highlights the importance of describing the relationship correctly in contractual documentation and ensuring that the description is representative of what actually happens in practice. Why is the correct employment…

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March 17, 2017

Are Employers Facing a New Age of Older Employees and Robots?

Our workplaces are evolving, becoming more diverse and increasing the use of AI for certain roles, but what does that mean for the future of the workplace and what will it look like by 2030? Championing golden age employees Employers are being urged to employ one million more over-50s by 2022 by the Government’s business…

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