Employment Law

Equal Pay – what SME employers need to know

Nearly five decades after the debate on equal pay began in the UK, the discussion continues. The Equal Pay Act 1970 was a landmark piece of legislation. It stated that equal pay was due where work was broadly the same and equal in value in terms of effort and skill. Fast-forwarding to 2018 shows ....

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GDPR: What HR professionals need to know

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, organisations across the UK are preparing by reviewing and addressing many aspects of their data handling and processing. HR departments are set to be amongst the most significantly affected as they are likely t....

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Your right to unpaid parental leave

Being a working parent is never easy. Looking after children in the holidays can be a case of juggling work commitments, taking paid leave, and filling the gaps with childcare and paid-for activities. This can work out to be very expensive and may be hard to arrange, so parents might want to conside....

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The ‘gig’ economy – where are we now?

If you have had a takeaway delivered, or organised a private cab to give you a lift somewhere, you will have experienced the “gig” economy. According to the Chartered Institute for Professional Development, roughly 1.3 million people in the UK now work in the gig economy, where instead of a r....

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Why every business should think about their social media policy

Social media plays an increasingly important part in all our lives, and Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging have also become part and parcel of modern business communications. This means it’s more important than ever that employers set out clearly what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour when....

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Employers: When can you have a protected conversation with an employee?

The government put forward the concept of ‘protected conversations’ as a way of, in the words of the then Prime Minister David Cameron, “a boss and an employee could feel able to sit down together and have a frank discussion at either’s request”. The idea was that these conversations could....

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What employers need to know about holiday pay

With many workers planning their May bank holidays and summer breaks, employers need to be up-to-date with the current regulations governing time off and holiday pay.   Bank Holidays In England and Wales, there are 8 permanent bank holidays. There is no statutory right for workers to take ....

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Zero hours – A step forward

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 ("the Regulations"), in force as of 11th January 2015 now provide some concrete protection for zero hours workers. The Regulations make any dismissal of an employee working under a zero hour contract automatically unfair if t....

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Legal highs and alcohol misuse – Management within the workplace

Acas has just issued guidance on the recognition and management of the use of legal highs and alcohol in the workplace and its connected impact. Statistics show that alcohol is the cause of 5% of all sickness absence recorded within the workplace. The cost of alcohol excesses and misuse for emplo....

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Flexible Working – Can you have your cake and eat it too?

As a nation we are supposedly moving towards a more family friendly and flexible attitude regarding working hours, working patterns and place of work. This is evidenced by the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in April 2015 and the announcement that the Conservative Party will consult on t....

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The Rules of ‘Social’ Engagement – The Christmas Party

The festive period is a whirlwind of lunches, get-togethers and ultimately, the work Christmas party. This can be a troublesome time for employers as they struggle to gauge a balancing act between Mr Christmas and Scrooge. The organising and planning of the Christmas party can be utterly stressfu....

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Employment Rights – Dispelling the Myth

The Employment process With the economy improving, employers are increasingly recruiting more staff. In this article we examine some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the employment of staff. Mark Stigwood, Head of the Company and Commercial Team at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, se....

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