Issues with our telephone system…resolved!

We are pleased to announce that the issues we have been experiencing with our telephone system over the last 24 hours have now been resolved by Vodafone and that normal service has resumed.

Thank you for your cooperation during this period and apologies for any disruption.

 

The team at EML

By |June 16th, 2017|General|

Accommodating Ramadan in the workplace

We are currently in the midst of Ramadan which, for many Muslims, is a period of religious observance. Failing to account for this in the workplace can give rise to employee relations issues and risk exposure to tribunal claims. Here, we look at ways in which employers can support their Muslim employees during this period.

Ramadan is the annual four week period during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, pray and give to charity. [...]

Issues with our telephone system…

We are currently experiencing issues with our telephone system due to a nationwide problem with Vodafone’s One Net Business service. If you encounter any difficulties when contacting us on our main office number, direct dials or individual mobiles, please email us instead until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and apologies for any inconvenience.

The team at EML.

By |June 15th, 2017|General|

Full pay awarded during paternity leave

Since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave arrangements, many organisations providing enhanced maternity pay have considered whether similar increased benefits should be provided where fathers/partners access paternity and shared parental leave.

In the case of Ali vs Capita Customer Management, Ali succeeded in his claim for full pay during shared parental leave on the basis that the Company provided (under protected terms from his previous employer) 14 weeks full pay as an enhanced maternity package.

Ali [...]

An Introduction to Health Surveillance

What is Health Surveillance?

Health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks on those working within an organisation which allows for early detection of ill-health and helps identify any corrective action needed. Health surveillance may be required by law if your workers are exposed to:

noise
vibration
solvents
fumes
dusts
biological agents
other substances hazardous to health
work with compressed air

All the above areas of surveillance are required by the Control of Substances Hazardous [...]

Is Theresa May’s pledge to protect workers’ rights all it seems?

As previously reported, certain employment-related elements of the Conservative Party’s manifesto were announced earlier this week. However, the Tory pledge to protect all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by EU law might not be as bold as it appears.

Chris Nagel, EML’s Director / Head of HR, comments:

 
“As UK legislation has already enacted a large proportion of EU employment law, it will remain effective until amended. Such changes would require Parliamentary approval which, of course, [...]

Dismissal for inappropriate Facebook post found to be fair

Continuing our review of social media and tribunal claims, an Employment Tribunal (in the case of Plant v API Microelectronics Limited) recently considered whether the decision to dismiss fell within the range of reasonable responses.

The Claimant had been employed by the Respondent for 17 years and at the time of her dismissal she had a clean disciplinary record. In 2015, the Respondent introduced a social media policy which clearly stated the things that employees [...]

Does your employment documentation discriminate on the grounds of age?

When was the last time you reviewed you employment documentation to ensure you aren’t discriminating against age?

Age discrimination occurs when you unfairly disadvantage someone on the grounds of age for reasons that you can’t objectively justify. Examples include:

 

Stipulating age restrictions on job advertisements
Forcing employees to retire at a certain age
Only recruiting employees from specific age groups
Using ageist language such as referring to someone as a “youngster” or “old timer”
Asking for [...]

Fines for H&S offences on the rise following introduction of new sentencing guidelines

The increase follows a change in legislation made effective February 2016 by the Sentencing Council, under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

The new guidelines were imposed for health and safety, food hygiene and corporate manslaughter offences. The court must now consider culpability, seriousness and likelihood of harm as well as the size of a business / its turnover when imposing fines. Health and Safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to health [...]

By |May 16th, 2017|Health & Safety News|

Employment law frenzy in Tory manifesto

It’s no surprise that there are a number of promises being bandied around in the run up to the General Election relating to the protection of workers’ rights which, if delivered, may have a significant impact on businesses.

Whilst large organisations may be able to weather the changes more easily, small and medium sized businesses may struggle to meet the ever growing demands on their budgets and operations in accommodating the new initiatives.

Key elements of the [...]