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[…]

Mental Health at Work

  Mental health issues cost UK employers £30 billion per year through recruitment, lost production and absence. A study by the charity Business in the Community highlights a change in attitudes to mental health in the workplace and shows that more and more employers are recognising they have a responsibility towards their employees’ mental wellbeing. Read more about Mental Health at Work[…]

Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies

ACAS has reported that over 95,000 premature or sick babies are born each year in the UK. As a result, it has issued new guidance for employers in supported affected parents they employ.   What is the law?   All new mothers are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave, either ordinary or additional. Maternity Read more about Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies[…]

Voluntary Overtime included in Holiday Pay

Should voluntary overtime, normally worked, be included when calculating an employee’s holiday pay?   What is overtime?   This is defined as time worked over an employee’s normal working hours. This can be either voluntary or compulsory. Voluntary overtime is extra hours that the employer does not have to offer and the employee does not Read more about Voluntary Overtime included in Holiday Pay[…]

BBC releases gender pay gap report

  As most people will be aware, the BBC recently revealed how much their top presenters earn, which has again raised the issue of the gender pay gap. Chris Evans, Radio 2 and former Top Gear presenter, topped the list, earning more than £2.2M during the financial year 2016-2017, whilst the top female earner was Read more about BBC releases gender pay gap report[…]

How the Bradford Factor system works – Managing Absence

The Bradford Factor system is a way of measuring levels of sickness absence within organisations. An employee’s score is calculated by taking the number of absence incidents and multiplying this by itself, then multiplying by the total number of days’ absence within a 12-month rolling period.   Why use the system?   The Bradford Factor Read more about How the Bradford Factor system works – Managing Absence[…]

How to protect your company against employees stealing information

There are a number of reasons why an employee might send confidential company information which belongs to their employer to their personal email address. More often than not, though, this is done to save evidence for a later tribunal claim or to assist in themselves setting up in business as a competitor. In the case Read more about How to protect your company against employees stealing information[…]

Notice of Termination of Employment – Be Aware of the Rules

Which of the below statements would you say is true with regards to employers serving employees notice of termination of their employment? A.) Notice is counted from the date of the notice of termination of employment letter was dated. B.) Notice is counted from the date of the notice of termination of employment letter was Read more about Notice of Termination of Employment – Be Aware of the Rules[…]

Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.

The new scheme enables eligible parents to receive a contribution from the Government of 20% of their childcare costs, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000. The scheme operates between Parents and the Government, technically employers need to do nothing. Parents can Read more about Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.[…]

Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC

With the changing nature of work, employment status is not as clearly defined as it was in the past when more traditional working arrangements were dominant. There have been quite a few tribunal cases in recent months that investigated the employment status of claimants. From these cases, it was evident that employment status can be Read more about Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC[…]