Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Refusing to do the job

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 [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Dress Codes

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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|

Latest Acas stats show significant increase in Early Conciliation cases

Acas have now released their Conciliation Update for the period of April to December 2017 and the results are somewhat unsurprising given the statistics released by the Ministry of Justice’s for the period from October to December 2017. The MOJ report showed a huge increase of 90% in Employment Tribunal claims (not including those where the claim is made by two or more Claimants) compared to the same quarter in 2016. This upsurge in [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Fundraising physical challenges in the workplace

Employees fundraising by undertaking physical challenges has become increasingly prevalent in recent years and a client of ours recently asked us…

 
‘…from a company risk perspective is there anything we need to be doing, e.g. if someone gets ill / has an accident etc.’.
We thought we would share our answer as it’s equally applicable to all employers.

 

If the event is being organised by the Company, there are a number of factors to consider. [...]

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 7 – Adjournments

It’s time for the final instalment in our seven-part blog series about the disciplinary process. In our last post we take a look at the different types of adjournment, and when and how they should be used.

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and [...]

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

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 6 – Mitigating factors

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us to set out the main reasons why in the hope that we don’t have to hold the receiver away from our ears for fear of deafness as much in future. [...]

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

What does the recent ECJ ruling on ‘stand-by’ time mean for UK businesses?

If a worker’s obligation to remain physically present at a place determined by their employer limits that worker’s opportunities to devote him or herself to personal and social interests, that time should be regarded as ‘working time’ for the purposes of the Working Time Directive.

This is a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a case brought by a Belgian fire fighter and has implications for UK employers who operate on-call [...]