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Jun 22

Investigating employee misconduct: how to get it right

Being dismissed for misconduct can have a devastating impact on an employee’s future job opportunities.  Before fairly dismissing someone for misconduct, employers must be able to show that they reasonably...

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Apr 22

Employment law update for employers – Spring 2022

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation and increases to statutory payments, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights,...

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Mar 22

Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissal, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used...

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Feb 22

Garden leave – protecting your business when employees go

When a key employee is about to leave, employers look to minimise damage to their business and may wish to keep the employee away from customers and commercially sensitive information....

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Feb 22

Holiday Pay: misclassification of employment status and no break in a series of unlawful deductions

The impact of getting employment status wrong for your staff has never been more significant following the case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers. The Court of Appeal has: decided that...

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Jan 22

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the...

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Nov 21

Carers’ rights at work

According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are...

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Nov 21

Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a...

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Oct 21

The end of furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, has just come to an end, on 30 September 2021.  The scheme was introduced in March 2020, to help...

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Aug 21

Senior executive departure – tips for a smooth exit

Despite all your best efforts to recruit and retain the right key executives, sometimes things just do not work out as planned and it becomes evident that it will be...

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Jun 21

The future of the workplace and hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay....

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May 21

Family-friendly rights and the impact of the pandemic

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last...

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Apr 21

Comparing employment status and rights – key differences and legal rights

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has...

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Mar 21

New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of...

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Jan 21

It is time to refresh HR policies and practices for 2021

2020 was a tumultuous year with employers having to respond rapidly to the challenges of the pandemic. Culturally the world has shifted too, with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing...

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Nov 20

Keeping your workforce agile and within the law

The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexibility in scaling the workforce up or down at short notice has become increasingly important. For many employers, keeping...

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Oct 20

Seven pitfalls to avoid when making redundancies

As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return to normal business seems distant for many companies, some employers are having to...

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Sep 20

Black Lives Matter: bringing change to the workplace

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, there is increased momentum in addressing racial inequalities at work. But this is against a backdrop of significant and long-standing barriers...

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Dec 19

‘Tis the season to behave – an Employer’s guide to Christmas

The BBC has reported that Lloyd’s of London have been told to behave during the Christmas season after a survey it commission revealed that 8% of its workers said that...

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Nov 19

Understanding best practice when monitoring employees

The aim of this short article is to highlight some of the key areas to be considered before monitoring employees use of emails, internet and telephone systems, with a view...

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Jul 19

Taking the lid off unlawful behaviour in the workplace

Employers are being urged to consider their procedures following calls from MPs to prevent employers using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence employees in situations of unlawful treatment. The move follows the publication...

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Oct 18

Rural businesses need to get the employment status right for transient workforces

As the seasons change, so do the work levels for most rural businesses. In farming, clearly there are busy periods such as the lambing season or harvest time, likewise in...

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Jul 12

“My best employees are starting up in competition against me – what can I do?”

I overheard two businessmen talking about departing employees on the train, how there is little you can do about it and how restrictive covenants, according to them, are not worth...

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