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It's that time again... Welcome to 2018!

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The first week back at work is always tough, but at least by now, you are getting over the post-holiday blues! I hope that everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are going well, and you have not delved into the box of chocolates just yet. Lots...

What does the Employment Tribunal Fee ruling mean?

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As you have probably already heard the Supreme Court has decided that the current Employment Tribunal fees (the fees that an employee has to pay when they want to bring a claim against their employer) are in fact unlawful. There has been huge...

Are you afraid of employment tribunals?

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The words ‘Employment Tribunal’ have always caused fear in employers, but why? The main reason is that most people fear the unknown. You will have heard horror stories about someone else’s experience (which you need to...

Gender pay reporting requirements

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As from 1st October 2016, employers with 250 employees or more will be expected to comply with new gender reporting requirements, with the first report being required by no later than 30th April 2018. The Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information)...

National Living Wage...Have you budgeted?

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As of 1st April 2016, the Government’s new National Living Wage (NLW) will become law. The NLW supports the Government’s vision of a higher wage, lower welfare and lower tax society and is in effect a political spin (albeit a significant jump) on...

Do you have a right to read your employees private emails?

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This is a question that somewhat surprisingly made its way to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the recent case of Barbulescu v Romania. Mr Barbulescu was employed as an engineer in charge of sales. As part of his duties, Mr...

New Year, New Start, New Resolutions

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Let us start by first off wishing you a very Happy New Year! As with every New Year, it starts with the normal New Year resolutions of “ I must lose weight,” “ I must exercise more…etc.” ...

Zero Hour Contracts...what next

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Zero hour contracts have been the talk of the town since the Conservatives came into power….but what’s the latest on them now? With effect from 11th January 2016, the Government introduced The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hour Contracts...

'Tis the season to be jolly...the festive frolics of Christmas

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With the countdown to Christmas drawing near, most of us are busy worrying about critical matters such as who we can drop from the Christmas card list this year (have you seen the price of stamps?!). However, for employers, this is also the time of...

How much will the Rugby World Cup cost you?

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Well apart from England’s very untimely exit, the RWC has been a huge success. There have been some thrilling encounters (who will ever forget Japan’s triumph over the Springboks). However you’d be forgiven if you think the All...

Disciplinary Proceedings - how much can your HR team be involved?

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This was a question posed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Ramphal v Department for Transport [2015] UKEAT/0352/14/DA, where it was found that a dismissing or investigating officer could seek guidance and advice from HR, provided always that...

We owe you how much?!

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In my previous blogs I’ve looked at how much holiday an employee is entitled to and the rules on employees taking holiday, however recent case law has provided employers with an even bigger problem; how to calculate holiday pay. Until very recently...

Let's all go on holiday

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In my earlier blog we looked at holiday entitlement, but that’s only the first potential headache for HR Managers! Next up, we deal with the employee taking time off – or believe it or not, not taking any holiday at all. As a general principle...

The Rugby World Cup - a HR headache waiting to happen?

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In a word, yes! My family life pretty much revolves around rugby: my husband manages to fit in his day job of building surveying around his rugby, and our whole weekends are governed by where he is playing and dinner time depends on what time he gets...

Getting over the post holiday blues

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My commute into work this morning took ages rather than the leisurely jam free drive I have had for the last 2 months. That can only mean one thing…everyone is back at their desks, children are back at school and normal service has been resumed. You...

Settlement Agreements... what should you be aware of?

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You’ve employed Joe Bloggs for 4 years as a Sales Executive. A year ago you noticed a change in his work, failure to meet targets and a lack of commitment to the role. You’ve tried to call him into a meeting to try and discuss matters in...

Getting the best out of your employees

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We all know that last year Virgin introduced unlimited leave for all Virgin Management Staff which, is reported to be working well. Now, Virgin have gone one step further and introduced a full year’s shared parental leave for all employees with four...

Settlement Agreements... what's the deal?

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You’ve been employed by Company X for 4 years. A year ago, a new manager came in and took the ropes and since then, you don’t see eye to eye. You’ve tried to meet with the manager to try and resolve matters but it’s got to the stage...

Contracts of Employment

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There are many different types of contracts of employment, the most controversial being zero hours contracts. The Conservatives have been true to their word and have now made exclusivity in zero hours contracts illegal. If you use casual...

Soothing summer headaches

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As the sun is finally beginning to shine, many people are beginning to make plans for the Summer months. Likewise, businesses need to start preparing too – the Summer often throws up a number of headaches for employers, and the better prepared...

The countdown is on

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In a little under 3 weeks, on 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) comes into force. The idea behind Shared Parental Leave is that both parents can share up to 50 weeks of the mother’s maternity leave after the child is born. You should start...