What is appropriate attire for the workplace?

  As we all know, there are various different environments in which people work but when should companies enforce dress codes? Obviously, certain workplaces require the use of PPE for health and safety reasons. Some employers, such as fast-food outlets, retailers and airlines provide uniforms for their staff in order to maintain a brand image. Read more about What is appropriate attire for the workplace?[…]

Bogle says….

Here is the article for the Yorkshire Business Insider, October 2018, on choosing the right HR audit for your business, Suzie Bogle, Managing Director of Breathing Space HR is quoted extensively.  We hope you find the information useful! Yes, Suzie is aware she didn’t get her photo in on time for the publication……    

GDPR and small businesses

GDPR and small businesses What is GDPR? If it’s not something you have heard of already, it’s definitely something you will be hearing about over the next six months! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act (1998), and will apply to all organisations as of 25th May 2018. It’s focused on Read more about GDPR and small businesses[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

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[…]