2018 World Cup

It takes place once every 4 years and has the nation gripped, believing that their team may be in with a chance of winning. That one of the England squad may recreate the magic of Sir Geoffrey Hurst when he scored a hat-trick during the 4-2 defeat of West Germany in the final of the Read more about 2018 World Cup[…]

The Stress of Commuting

Ah, commuting… The joys of standing on a freezing cold railway platform, where everyone looks really miserable for some reason, waiting for your train to arrive. Usually late. Usually with not enough carriages for the number of people wanting to squeeze on. Usually with those carriages already full anyway after calling at stations along the Read more about The Stress of Commuting[…]

Are you feeling any better today?

Many of us will have started the New Year with positive resolutions: lose weight; stop smoking; start exercising more and… find a new job! All too soon it gets round to THAT day again – Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year, apparently – and, in case you missed it by any chance, Read more about Are you feeling any better today?[…]

Statutory Pay Rate Increases

As of 1 April 2018, the statutory rates of pay for family-related leave will increase. This relates to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave. The statutory weekly rate of pay will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if less that this amount) for maternity, paternity and shared Read more about Statutory Pay Rate Increases[…]

Avoiding Workplace Christmas Pitfalls

It’s that time of year again when people are gearing up towards a well-earned break. What with outstanding holidays that have to be used up before the end of the year and the Christmas party to organise, how do you make sure everything goes smoothly?   Annual Leave Due to work commitments employees didn’t have Read more about Avoiding Workplace Christmas Pitfalls[…]

Modern Slavery Act – What is it?

Introduced in March 2015 the Modern Slavery Act is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament. It is designed to tackle criminals involved in human trafficking and slavery by ensuring they are prosecuted for their exploitation of vulnerable people. The Act includes 2 offences: one for human trafficking and one for forced or compulsory labour, Read more about Modern Slavery Act – What is it?[…]

Pre-employment Health Questionnaires – What not to ask

Since the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, employers are not allowed to ask potential employees to complete pre-employment health questionnaires until after a job offer has been made, unless an exception applies. These questionnaires used to be a way for employers to uncover relevant facts about an applicant’s health circumstances before deciding whether or Read more about Pre-employment Health Questionnaires – What not to ask[…]

Do you have a Grey Fleet?

How do you describe the employees who use their own private vehicles to carry out work-related activities? These are commonly referred to as ‘grey fleets’. Grey fleets are most common within organisations that have a low mileage requirement, and therefore, cannot justify providing company cars, but, how can you ensure that you are managing your Read more about Do you have a Grey Fleet?[…]

Suspending an Employee

Why suspend an employee?   As an employer, you may decide to suspend an employee in order to minimise the risk to your business during a disciplinary investigation. Suspension will normally be on full pay, although an employee can be suspended without pay as long as this is stated in their employment contract, and you, Read more about Suspending an Employee[…]

Monitoring Employees’ Emails and Internet Usage

What rights does an employer have when it comes to monitoring employees’ emails and Internet activity? Where is the balance between an employer protecting its’ business and the employee’s right to privacy?   Recently, the Grand Chamber (the ultimate court of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)) overturned a 2016 decision made by the Read more about Monitoring Employees’ Emails and Internet Usage[…]