The unspoken rules of business etiquette

When it comes to business etiquette, interviews are all about creating a great first impression. Google ‘interview etiquette’ and you’ll find plenty of guidance on how to conduct yourself in an interview situation. There’s advice on how to dress, the appropriate way to greet your interviewers, rules on making eye contact and when and how to sit in your chair. Understanding these rules of non-verbal communication enables the interviewee to perform well.

Once in the [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|General|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Philosophical Belief

Acas recently published new guidance on religion and belief to help employers prevent discrimination on these grounds in the workplace. To assist employers further, we’ve produced another series of “myth busters” to help separate fact from fiction in this area, all of which will be published on our website over the coming weeks. Of course, if you’re an employer and would like to discuss any of the issues touched on in these posts, please [...]

Observing Ramadan in the workplace

We are currently in the midst of Ramadan, which for many Muslims is a period of religious observance.

Ramadan is the annual four-week period during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, pray, and give to charity. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which inform how Muslims live their lives. Muslims believe fasting gives them a better understanding of the needs of the poor and those without food, and brings them closer [...]

By |May 25th, 2018|Hints & Tips|

Need GDPR compliant HR documentation?

Whilst you may have been inundated with emails explaining the new rules around GDPR and your inclusion on every mailing list you ever signed up for, in preparation for the implementation of the GDPR on Friday, we have been working with our clients to meet the requirements of the new legislation. In particular, we have supported clients in preparing the following documents:


1.       Data Protection Policy

2.       Subject Access Request Policy

3.       Record Retention Policy

4.       Criminal Record [...]

Dress code and the scope for discrimination

When it comes to dress codes and what to wear, your natural instinct may be to look to the catwalk or style icons. However, if you are an employer and you have, or are considering drafting, a workplace dress code, you need look no further than the Government Equalities Office’s recent guidance: Dress codes and sex discrimination- what you need to know (May 2018).

A workplace dress code can be a key factor in achieving [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|General|

Hen parties, stag do’s and weddings – advice for employers on celebrations that get out of control

As excitement builds for a right royal celebration on 19th May, it’s not just Meghan and Harry who are making plans for their big day. Couples up and down the country are planning hen and stag parties and other celebratory events leading up to their own wedding day.

Whilst we’re looking forward to the wedding party as much as the next person, as employment law gurus, we can’t help but consider the knock-on effects that [...]

By |May 18th, 2018|Hints & Tips|

How to choose the best employee benefits package for your business

Employee benefits are a fantastic way of rewarding your employees for their contribution to your business. They’re also an attractive proposition for new recruits because offering them demonstrates that you care about your people.

Providing a flexible benefits package has a number of proven advantages, including:

A more engaged and motivated workforce
Increased morale
Improved employee retention
Reduced absence levels

What do we mean by employee benefits?
When we talk about employee benefits, [...]

By |May 10th, 2018|General|

Is it right to express political views in the workplace?

This week’s local elections got us talking in the EML office about whether employees have a right to share their own political views at work. Have you ever been in a situation where someone got a little over enthusiastic in expressing his or her political allegiance? Perhaps you’ve witnessed disagreements or confrontation arising from this type of discussion.

The subject prompted us to answer a couple of key questions:

Would you reveal your own political [...]

By |May 1st, 2018|Hints & Tips|

Essential training for young people entering the workplace

Leaving school to join the world of work is a big step. When you’ve never had a nine to five job before, working long days in a new environment can be a shock to the system. From getting yourself up and in to work on time, to dealing with the expectations and demands of your new workplace culture, there’s a lot to learn.

Government policy around apprenticeships encourages more people into work at a younger [...]

By |April 6th, 2018|General|

Calculation of holiday pay for workers with irregular hours

Calculating holiday pay for workers who do irregular hours can be daunting enough, but recent reporting by some publications of the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal  decision in the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust (UKEAT/0102/17) has left many scratching their heads as to the practical implications. In an attempt to make things a little clearer, here is a potted summary of the case and its practical implications.

The claimant in this case was a [...]

By |April 5th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|