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[…]

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[…]

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful

Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in 2013, tribunals have seen a reduction in cases brought to them. The introduction of the fees caused a debate as people felt it was limiting access to justice. This week, the Supreme Court has ruled that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees back in 2013 was unlawful and Read more about Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful[…]

Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave

Employers terminating an employee’s contract of employment who is on long-term sick leave, have exhausted all statutory and employer sick pay and have no prospect of returning to work based on medical evidence can be perfectly within their rights to do so provided that they follow a fair process. When terminating any employment contract, whether Read more about Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave[…]