Is this the end of the 9-5?

If you look around any town centre, shopping mall, or in fact, any location where young people can be found en masse, there will almost certainly be a common image. That is of young people, the future workforce, with their heads down, scrolling or tapping away on their phone, often whilst with their friends. The simple fact of the matter is that this is modern communication. WhatsApp, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram (don’t for [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Government report makes sexual harassment recommendations

According to a BBC survey in November 2017, a startling 40% of British women, and 18% of British men stated that they had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is, and has been, at the forefront of our attention for a number of months following the rise of the #MeToo movement and the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign. More recently, this has been further added to by the report produced by [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Court of Appeal ruling: Sleeping on the job

The Court of Appeal has ruled that carers that sleep overnight at a client’s home, are not entitled to the minimum wage whilst sleeping.

In consideration of Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home), the Court of Appeal found that any employee that stays the night at a disabled, elderly or vulnerable person’s home, are only entitled to the National Minimum [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment Tribunals – a unique learning opportunity

The background
Since the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees in 2017, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase in claims of 90%. UK employers are more likely than ever to face an Employment Tribunal, with colleagues at all levels facing the possibility of being called to give evidence.

 
What is an Employment Tribunal?
Employment Tribunals are legal cases where disputes have occurred between employers and employees. They usually arise where individuals believe [...]

Employment Tribunal Training – Manchester, 26 July 2018

In July 2017, the Supreme Court concluded that the fees charged for lodging Employment Tribunal claims were preventing access to justice for many employees and so were unlawful and should no longer be charged. Since then, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase of 90% in claims. As such, employers are more likely than ever to be faced with the prospect of appearing in the Employment Tribunal. In view of this, we [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Comments on social media

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 have been published on our website over the last few weeks. Of course, if you’re an employer and would like to discuss any of the issues touched on in these posts, please contact [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Holiday requests relating to religion or 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 contact one [...]

By |June 28th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Tips on working in high temperatures

It seems like summer has finally arrived and with this spell of unusually fine weather comes the time-honoured problem of working in high temperatures. Looking at the legislation, you may be surprised to learn that whilst a minimum temperature is referred to in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, no reference is made to a maximum temperature. However, there are some key issues that employers need to be mindful of in order [...]

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Discrimination against members of the same religion

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 contact one [...]

By |June 21st, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Is shared parental leave flexible or a failure?

On Father’s Day we show our appreciation of fathers past, present and future. A father’s role in the nuclear family is equally as important as the mother, however the take up of shared parental leave in the UK is at an all time low. The Department for Business believes only 2% of couples welcoming a new child share the responsibility of caring for the child during the first year of its life.

 
Current rules [...]