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Employment

Employment

Will it Pay to Stay Remote?

With high profile employers stating workers who opt to work from home could see reduced pay, we look at the reality, practicality and legality of such decision making in the UK.

Employment

Universal Credit

The Government plans to remove the £20 per week uplift for those receiving universal credit from October. We investigate the impact of the removal of this covid-19 related benefit bonus, which affects 2.3m in work.

Employment

Mentoring on the Rise

Changes in working patterns due to Covid-19 led to a significant increase in mental health and wellbeing issues. Increasingly employers are looking to engage a variety of initiatives to support their staff as working from home continues. One very effective option is to introduce or broaden mentoring programmes. We look at the subject in greater detail, what exactly is mentoring and how can it help your organisation?

Employment

Co-ping with Covid Cons

Dozens of workers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland used fake screenshots to take time off work. As a prompt we look at the approach to take when you doubt the validity of sickness absence.

Employment

Farewell, Furlough – Are Your Plans in Place?

The Government’s furlough scheme is set to end 30th September so we thought it might be a good time to look at the implications, options and why we believe planning now, if not already undertaken is essential for employers.

Employment

Sweet Injustice

Unfair dismissal finding for Nestle worker sacked over “a bit of banter” – we unwrap the lessons for employers form this case.

Employment

Calling it Out! A lesson for employers

Multi grand slam winning tennis professional and World number two, Naomi Osaka, hit the headlines due to her open admission of her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her unfortunate withdrawal from Roland Garros a warning for employers to engage effectively in such circumstances.

Employment

Stormy Response to Use of Umbrellas

In a world that is seeing an increasing use of temporary workers those organisations created to herd and provide a level of support and security to contractors are benefitting, but not necessarily by ethical and appropriate means. A recent Guardian investigation highlighted the results of the operational pros and cons of Umbrella Companies and the results were quite shocking.

Employment

Unfair Dismissal – Employee Fighting Cancer Sacked and Awarded £2.5m

David Barrow is a hugely experienced Project Management Executive and during a long successful career at Texas based engineering company KBR, risen to the level of Director albeit his more recent promotions caused the trigger for what proved the end of his tenure.

Employment

For a ha’porth of tar the ship was lost or penny wise pound foolish

How many of you recruit someone for £30,000 - £50,000 or more. You go through first and second interviews, maybe you pay a recruitment agent.  You have proper “on boarding” processes as they are now called. But then what do you rely upon?

Employment

Gig Economy, Uber-Hero to Uber-Villain?

The recent ruling handed down by the UK Supreme Court, Uber vs Aslam, has already created a tsunami of “like” claims. Unsurprisingly fellow gig workers engaged by Uber since 2015 are now coming forward to recover compensation for minimum wage and holiday pay.

Employment

Annual Employment Law Changes

As usual we provide here below the key updates and figures that take effect next month.

Employment

The Budget and HR

Key highlights for employers from the March financial announcement.

Employment

All Wellbeing and Good?

The incessant bombardment of news related to Covid-19, mostly bearing heavy messages of death, infection rates and strain on the NHS is affecting most of us. How can we not be affected by the constant round of daily stats and latest notification of job losses making staff even more anxious over their own job security?

Employment

Jab or Job? – The legal position with compulsory vaccinations

With the positive news of various vaccine’s now approved by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the prospect of finally managing Covid-19 to a point where we can return to a “normal”, lockdown free existence seems within reach. Unfortunately, along with this long-overdue series of vaccine good news stories we’ve also had an unsettling trend of communities casting doubt on the efficacy of the treatment and suggesting, when offered they would refuse the injection.

Employment

Home Working Tips – Tackling a Cluttered Workspace?

We often kid ourselves that we are an organised person, we may admit that OK, we can be  a little messy now and again, but life right now is messy, right? Anyone who’s working from home and possibly sharing their workspace with a partner or other family members, perhaps home-schooling too, is going to face the dilemma of dealing with clutter.  That’s a fact.

Employment

Working during school closures

On Monday 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced that schools and colleges are to be closed to most pupils until at least half term in February. This last-minute change has, understandably, worried parents and employers.

Employment

Brexit Deal & Employment Law – The Key Points

The UK has struck a deal with the EU which at its heart sought to secure a tariff and quota-free trade deal.  To achieve this agreement, after a tortuous four years of posturing, compromises have naturally been made.

Employment

Jaguar Land Rover Required to find Reverse Gear

Jaguar Land Rover assembly line worker Vic Rumbold had suffered many years of ill health, so bad was his sickness record that each year of his 20-year career at JLR his sickness days exceeded at least 10.  His employer estimated the days missed which equated to a massive 808 shifts had cost the business was in excess of £95k.

Employment

Brexit – Data Protection from 1 January 2021

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. As a result, the transition period will end on 31 December 2020. Businesses in the UK that process personal data are currently required to adhere to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018.

Employment

Brexit – hiring EU employees during the transition period and beyond

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. As a result, free movement for nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) (and Switzerland) will end on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, the UK will operate a new points-based immigration system and EEA citizens moving to the UK to work will need to obtain a visa in advance.

Employment

Tiers, Tinsel and Teams – Company Christmas Party in 2020

With 2020 proving to be one of the most testing and stressful years most can recall, employers are looking to the works end of year party as an overdue opportunity to thank staff and allow them time to let off some steam.

Employment

Virtual Liability – Running a Successful “Online” Christmas Party

One common misconception is that a works event held away from the office or outside normal working hours, removes your organisations liability from any incidents that might occur.  That’s simply not true.

Employment

Brexit – The “B Word” is Back in Play

Keeping an eye on what we need to monitor and manage as Brexit deadlines loom large on the horizon. It’s true, the “B” word has started to appear again after the Oxford English Dictionary confirmed the rise in prevalence of words related to the Pandemic saw the word “Brexit” drop by an amazing 80% in 2020.

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