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  • Legal updates
    6/12/2021

    HR Christmas Hamper

    This year to spread a little cheer we have a ‘HR Christmas Hamper’ for employers to feast their eyes on. Throughout ...

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  • Legal updates
    1/12/2021

    Proposed New Statutory Payment Rates Announced

    The government has announced its proposal to increase statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental pay and ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    25/11/2021

    Carer’s Rights Day – Three Fast Facts for Employers

    Carer’s Rights Day – Three Fast Facts for Employers This year Carer’s Rights Day is being held on 25th November...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/11/2021

    Are you Managing your Workplace Transport Risks?

    Where workplace transport risks are not being correctly managed and an incident occurs the consequences for a driver or ...

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  • Legal updates
    22/11/2021

    Spotlight On: Menopause and the Workplace

    This year has seen an increasing focus on the menopause with more open discussions about the effects of the menopause an...

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  • Legal updates
    19/11/2021

    Grievances: Three Things it’s Helpful for Every Manager to Know

    It’s likely that many managers will find themselves needing to deal with an employee grievance at some point, so what ...

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  • Legal updates
    15/11/2021

    Workplace Bullying: Five Things Employers Will Find it Helpful to Know

    This week is anti-bullying week in England and Wales and it highlights a serious issue which can affect people at all st...

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  • Legal updates
    5/11/2021

    Four Top Tips to Help Bonfire Night Go with A Bang

    As it’s bonfire night we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at some top tips for tackling common HR issues to...

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  • Legal updates
    28/10/2021

    Minimum Wage News

    It has been announced that there will be an increase to national minimum wage rates, including that of the National Livi...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/10/2021

    Safety Notice is issued by HSE regarding the use of Wheeled Loading Shovels

    In the last 4 years there have been 9 fatal vehicle / pedestrian collisions which involved wheeled loading shovels. Six ...

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  • Legal updates
    26/10/2021

    Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Three Things Employers Need to know

    A new report published by the Fawcett Society, Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, shows that sexual harassment...

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  • Legal updates
    19/10/2021

    Four Top Tips for Dealing with the ‘Great Resignation’

    With many employees choosing to change jobs at the moment, employers are experiencing what has been dubbed ‘the great ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/10/2021

    Manufacturers who Produce Wood Dust as a Part of their Operations, to be next Focus for Inspections

    In an effort to reduce serious health effects to employees who are exposed to wood dust in the workplace, the Health and...

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  • Legal updates
    11/10/2021

    National Work Life Week: Three Top Tips to Help with a Good Balance

    National Work Life Week is taking place from 11 – 15 October 2021 and Working Families’ annual campaign aims to get ...

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  • Legal updates
    4/10/2021

    Redundancy – Your Questions Answered

    Many employers will be starting to assess the needs of their organisation as we move towards what for some, may be chall...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/09/2021

    HSE Issues Safety Alert re: Lubrication of Circuit Breakers

    Due to a catastrophic failure of an HV circuit breaker which lead to an explosion/fire, and which was lucky not to resul...

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  • Legal updates
    28/09/2021

    New Legislation Regarding Tips on the Way

    Following a consultation, the government has announced that they will bring forward measures to ensure tips, gratuities ...

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  • Legal updates
    24/09/2021

    New Right to Carer’s Leave Announced – Five Fast Facts

    Following a consultation which took place last year, the government has now confirmed that a new right to carer’s leav...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    24/09/2021

    DUST in Construction is the next Focal Point for HSE Inspectors from 4th October

    As a part of HSE’s longer term strategy to improve health within the construction industry, from Monday 4th October HS...

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  • Legal updates
    23/09/2021

    Government Consultation on Flexible Working Launched

    The government has commenced their much anticipated consultation on making flexible working the default. Whilst the prop...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/09/2021

    Metal Working Fluids (MWF) – Are you managing them properly?

    Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause both irritation of the skin/dermatitis and lung diseases, such as occupational...

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  • Legal updates
    20/09/2021

    Thinking of Having a ‘Cabinet Reshuffle’ of Your Own? Three Things Employers May Find it Helpful to Know

    The Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle has been hitting the headlines as some ministers such as Education Secretary Ga...

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  • Legal updates
    15/09/2021

    Refusal of Flexible Working Request Costs Employer Nearly £185,000: Where Did They Go Wrong?

    An employer who refused an employee’s request to return to work four days a week and to leave an hour earlier each day...

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  • Legal updates
    10/09/2021

    Three Fast Facts for Disability Awareness Day

    To mark Disability Awareness Day, which is taking place on 12th September, we take a look at three facts regarding disab...

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  • Legal updates
    9/09/2021

    The End of Furlough: Five Questions Managers May Face

    The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough’) has been credited with saving many jobs but is set ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    7/09/2021

    Skin Cancer from Sun Exposure

    Comedian Sean Lock sadly passed away last month from an, as-yet undisclosed, form of cancer. His first brush with the di...

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  • Legal updates
    6/09/2021

    TUPE: Five Questions Answered

    TUPE is the more common name for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. It can apply when ...

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  • Legal updates
    2/09/2021

    What Does Your Organisation Think of the TUC’s Call for Extra Bank Holidays?

    The TUC (Trades Union Congress) is calling for four new bank holidays to be created to give employees in England and Wal...

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  • Legal updates
    31/08/2021

    “Moaning” Employee was Unfairly Dismissed – Three Things to Watch Out For

    A short serving employee has won her employment tribunal case after a judge found that she had been automatically unfair...

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  • Legal updates
    26/08/2021

    Back to School: Empower Your Managers with the Knowledge They Need

    With the approach of a new school year, many peoples’ thoughts will be turning to knowledge and learning, employers in...

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  • Legal updates
    23/08/2021

    Part-Time Workers – Five Fast Facts

    Employers can sometimes be unsure of the rights part-time workers have which can make it difficult to tackle some common...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/08/2021

    HSE Issues Call to Farmers to Raise Safety Awareness after a Series of Farm Related Fatalities

    HSE, supported by relevant industry partners is asking farmers to review their safe working practices and raise the awar...

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  • Legal updates
    12/08/2021

    Government Names and Shames: Four Common Minimum Wage Mistakes

    The government has released the latest list naming and shaming nearly 191 employers who underpaid the National Minimum W...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/08/2021

    Self-isolation requirements are to be removed for double vaccinated close contacts from 16th August

    Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school, and meet friends and family as the protection from va...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/08/2021

    Can Trespassers Gain Access to Your Site and in Doing So, Are They at Risk of Injury?

    The HSE is not the only regulator which can bring its powers to bear on businesses that do not manage to ensure safety i...

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  • Legal updates
    5/08/2021

    Employing Apprentices – Three Things You Need to Know

    If you are taking on an apprentice for the first time it’s important to set your organisation up for success. Here’s...

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  • Legal updates
    3/08/2021

    HR in the Hotseat: A Flexible Future?

    Flexibility has become increasingly important to many employees since the start of the pandemic. For some, temporary cha...

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  • Legal updates
    29/07/2021

    Four Top Tips for Avoiding Unfair Dismissals

    It’s important for employers to get it right when it comes to dismissing employees, particularly as unfair dismissal i...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    28/07/2021

    MHRA warns of Inaccurate Infrared Thermometers

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning to both the general public and healt...

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  • Legal updates
    27/07/2021

    HR in the Hotseat: Where Will Your Employees Work in Future?

    There has been a lot of media coverage lately about where employees will be working in future in organisations which are...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/07/2021

    Ventilation and Air Conditioning in the Workplace

    Providing good ventilation in the workplace is considered to be a key factor in helping to reduce viral infection within...

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  • Legal updates
    23/07/2021

    Health is Everyone’s Business: Government Response to Consultation

    The government consultation ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ put forward a number of proposals to minimise the risk...

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  • Legal updates
    22/07/2021

    Sexual Harassment: Government Response to Consultation

    In 2019 the government launched a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace which looked at areas such as wheth...

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  • Legal updates
    15/07/2021

    Burger Kings Whopper of a Resignation: Four Take-Aways for Employers

    A Burger King franchise in Nebraska has been getting much attention after nine members of staff announced their resignat...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    14/07/2021

    Re-opening your Workplace with COVID in mind

    Firstly, it is important that employers recognise that COVID-19 has not gone away and person-to-person contact is still ...

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  • Legal updates
    9/07/2021

    HR in the Hot-Seat: A Return to the Workplace?

    We continue our HR in the Hotseat series, by looking at some of the matters employers may find themselves thinking abou...

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  • Legal updates
    8/07/2021

    Football Frenzy – Four Issues Employers May Need to Tackle

    There was much celebration last night after England secured their place in Sundays Euro 2020 final. After a very long wa...

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  • Legal updates
    5/07/2021

    Five Pandemic Related Claims Employers Need to Watch Out For

    Employers have had a lot to deal with since the start of the pandemic and an employment tribunal claim is not something ...

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  • Legal updates
    30/06/2021

    Five Take-aways for Employers from the Matt Hancock Situation

    As many employers will be aware following all the recent publicity, Matt Hancock has resigned as Health Secretary after ...

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  • Legal updates
    24/06/2021

    Does Your Organisation Have a Job Vacancy? Five Top Tips for Recruitment

    The latest quarterly figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of job vacancies in March to Ma...

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  • Legal updates
    18/06/2021

    Three Family Friendly Rights in the Spotlight for Father’s Day

    As this Sunday is Father’s Day we thought we’d take a quick look at three family friendly rights that fathers in you...

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  • Legal updates
    17/06/2021

    What do the Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics Show?

    Quarterly employment tribunal statistics have been released for January to March 2021. They show that compared to the sa...

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  • Legal updates
    16/06/2021

    Sick Employee Unfairly Dismissed for Going to the Pub: The Truth Behind the Headlines

    An employment tribunal decision attracted a lot of attention last week when it was widely reported that an employee was ...

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  • Legal updates
    14/06/2021

    EAT Finds Gender Critical Belief is Protected Under the Equality Act

    In a decision which has generated a lot of interest the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that gender critical b...

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  • Legal updates
    11/06/2021

    Ex-Brewdog Staff Bite Back – Does Your Organisation Need to Act on Workplace Culture?

    Brewdog have found themselves in the spotlight after more than 60 former members of staff posted an open letter on Twitt...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/06/2021

    Do You Have Forklift Trucks in Your Workplace?

    Recent prosecutions demonstrate that workplace transport accidents where forklift truck use is involved are still occurr...

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  • Legal updates
    8/06/2021

    Is Bullying on the Rise in Your Organisation? Three Top Tips for Prevention

    In a survey conducted by BUPA earlier this year 26 per cent of workers said they had experienced bullying in the last th...

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  • Legal updates
    4/06/2021

    HR in the Hotseat: Is Your Organisation Ready to Manage Foreign Holiday Issues?

    Foreign travel is hitting the headlines again following the government’s announcement yesterday that no new countries ...

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  • Legal updates
    3/06/2021

    Feeling the Heat? Three Top Tips

    As the sun has come out and temperatures are rising some employers may be thinking about whether there are any quick and...

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  • Legal updates
    2/06/2021

    Dismissal for Defamation was Unfair

    An employee who was dismissed for defaming his employer after making comments online about how he had been treated at wo...

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  • Legal updates
    28/05/2021

    Is Your Organisation Prepared for Flexible Working Requests? Three Fast Facts

    Many people will have been reflecting on their working and personal lives over the course of the pandemic and some emplo...

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  • Legal updates
    24/05/2021

    Employment Law: Four Key Things Every Manager Needs to Know

    1. There is a significant legal loophole you may be able to use to your advantage… Did you know employees need two ye...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/05/2021

    Mental Health in the Workplace

    Last week was Mental Health week so we thought that this would be a good time for you to look at what you do as a compan...

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  • Legal updates
    19/05/2021

    HR in the Hotseat: Five Practical Holiday Matters

    If the thought of dealing with employee holiday rights has you yearning for a different kind of escape then this Legal U...

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  • Legal updates
    17/05/2021

    The Cost of Workplace Conflict and Three Take-aways for Employers

    According to a new report from ACAS the estimated cost of workplace conflict to UK organisations is £28.5 billion a yea...

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  • Legal updates
    14/05/2021

    Mental Health Week – Five Top Tips for Good Mental Health in the Workplace

    Mental Health Week Top Tip #5 – Help your employees to grow As part of creating a positive working environment in whi...

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  • Legal updates
    13/05/2021

    Mental Health Week – Five Top Tips for Good Mental Health in the Workplace

    Mental Health Week Top Tip #4 - Give employees their ‘moment in the sun’ A little recognition can go a long way in ...

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  • Legal updates
    12/05/2021

    Mental Health Week – Five Top Tips for Good Mental Health in the Workplace

    Mental Health Week Top Tip #3 – Create an environment where all employees can blossom Fear of discrimination and how ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/05/2021

    Fee For Intervention (FFI) Increases to £160.00 per Hour

    Since 2012 when the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) first instigated its Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI) at £124....

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  • Legal updates
    11/05/2021

    Mental Health Week – Five Top Tips for Good Mental Health in the Workplace

    Mental Health Week Top Tip #2 – Support new employees to allow them to shine Starting a new job can be a daunting exp...

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  • Legal updates
    10/05/2021

    Mental Health Week – Five Top Tips for Good Mental Health in the Workplace

    This week is mental health week and to mark the occasion each day we will be looking at top tips that employers may wish...

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  • Legal updates
    10/05/2021

    HR in the Hot-Seat: Key Issues for Employers in 2021

    As we slowly emerge from lockdown there is going to be much for employers to think about. A lot of the talk at the momen...

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  • Legal updates
    7/05/2021

    Three Steps Employers Can Take to Help Support Bereaved Employees

    Next week is Dying Matters Awareness Week and is intended as an opportunity for organisations, individuals and others to...

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  • Legal updates
    28/04/2021

    Would One of Your Employees be Able to Skip Work for Fifteen Years? Three Areas of Practice to Watch Out For

    An Italian hospital employee has been in the news for allegedly skipping work for fifteen years – on full pay! The cas...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/04/2021
    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    April 28th 2021        This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work campaign focuses on strategies to stre...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/04/2021

    Plumbing Suppliers and Contractor Found Guilty After Building Collapse

    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigated after a building undergoing work collapsed, with debris falling int...

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  • Legal updates
    26/04/2021

    Workplace Theft in the Spotlight after Post Office Convictions Overturned

    The news that the Court of Appeal has quashed the convictions of 39 former Post Office workers who were found guilty of ...

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  • Legal updates
    23/04/2021

    Footballs European Super League: Three Issues Highlighted for Employers

    Football has been in the headlines with the announcement that some of the top UK clubs were breaking away to start a Eur...

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  • Legal updates
    22/04/2021

    Employee Awarded over £12,000 in Claim that was Brought Six Months Out of Time

    An employment tribunal found that it was just and equitable to extend the time limit in an employee’s direct race disc...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/04/2021

    Fire Safety

    The fire at Grenfell Tower represented the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in the UK since the Second World ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/04/2021

    Workers Exposed to Dermatitis Risk

    An engineering company has been fined £20,000 incl of costs for failing to control the risk of its employees developing...

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  • Legal updates
    16/04/2021

    You Must Be Joking!

    A bit of fun in the workplace can contribute to a positive workplace culture, but what if it involves jokes that go wron...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    15/04/2021

    Whistleblowing in the Spotlight: Five Fast Facts

    Following the publication of data by whistleblowing advice service Protect, that revealed one in four COVID-19 whistle-b...

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  • Legal updates
    8/04/2021

    When Workplace Relationships Overstep the Boundaries…

    Employers may find themselves needing to think about workplace relationships on occasion, usually this is when cupid’s...

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  • Legal updates
    6/04/2021

    Is your Organisation Planning a ‘Spring Clean’?

    Spring cleaning isn’t just for homes, it’s a great practice for organisations too! Employers can really benefit from...

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  • Legal updates
    31/03/2021

    Discrimination Becomes a Little More Costly

    If an employee is found to have been discriminated against an employment tribunal can award compensation for injury to f...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    30/03/2021

    Bank Holiday Helper

    Whilst the thought of dealing with matters involving bank holidays can sometimes leave employers feeling in need of a ho...

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  • Legal updates
    29/03/2021

    Equal Pay Hitting the Headlines Again

    The Supreme Court has handed down a judgement in a long running equal pay case brought by shop floor workers against Asd...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    25/03/2021

    Important Lessons When Making Redundancies

    Many employers have found themselves in the unfortunate position of needing to make redundancies since the pandemic star...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/03/2021

    It Has Been One Year Since the Beginning of the First COVID-19 Lockdown

    This time last year we entered the first national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, today we reflect on the toll...

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  • Legal updates
    19/03/2021

    Breaking News: Supreme Court’s Decision on National Minimum Wage and Sleep-Ins

    In an important ruling which will be welcome news to many employers, the Supreme Court has today handed down it’s deci...

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  • Legal updates
    18/03/2021

    Employer Falls at Final Hurdle When Managing Long Term Sickness Absence

    An employment tribunal has found that an employee had been unfairly dismissed and subjected to discrimination arising fr...

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  • Legal updates
    16/03/2021

    The Only Way is Up for Employment Tribunal Claims?

    The quarterly tribunal statistics for October to December 2020 have been released and they show that the number of emplo...

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  • Legal updates
    12/03/2021

    Pregnancy and Maternity Leave – Five Fast Facts

    As it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday we thought we would take a look at five fast facts employers may find it helpful to...

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  • Legal updates
    10/03/2021

    Giving HR Hot Topics the ‘Royal Treatment’

    The recent Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan has undoubtedly got people talking and put matters such as mental healt...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/03/2021

    Register to order Coronavirus tests for your employees.

    COVID-19: All businesses in England to be given rapid coronavirus tests free of charge. COVID test kits will be made av...

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  • Legal updates
    4/03/2021

    Changes to Compensation Limits on the Way

    It has been announced that the limits on certain tribunal awards and other sums payable under employment legislation wil...

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  • Legal updates
    3/03/2021

    Breaking News: Important Budget Announcements for Employers

    In what will be welcome news for many organisations the Chancellor has this afternoon set out the further measures that ...

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  • Legal updates
    25/02/2021

    Navigating the Road Map

    Following the Prime Minister’s unveiling of the roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions in England many employer’s...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/02/2021

    Upcoming Enforcement Visits to Fabricated Metal Businesses

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to fabricated metal businesses across the UK to check that they are ma...

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  • Legal updates
    22/02/2021

    Supreme Court Finds Uber Drivers are Workers

    The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Uber v Aslam, upholding earlier court decisions that Uber drivers are ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    19/02/2021

    Homeworkers Working Longer Hours?

    Recent surveys have reported that some employees who are working from home are putting in more hours than before the Cov...

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  • Legal updates
    16/02/2021

    Dismissal of Employee for Testing Positive for Cannabis Found Unfair

    An employment tribunal has found that the dismissal of an employee who tested positive for cannabis was unfair. The empl...

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  • Legal updates
    12/02/2021

    Love HR This Valentine’s Day!

    Whether you are new to HR and looking for some top tips to set your heart aflutter or simply find your thoughts turning ...

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  • Legal updates
    11/02/2021

    Is Your Organisation’s Discrimination and Harassment Training ‘Stale’?

    An employer has lost a claim for race harassment after being unable to show that it had taken all reasonable steps to pr...

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  • Legal updates
    9/02/2021

    Selecting Employees for Redundancy Because They are Parents

    A recent survey has revealed that some employees may be being unlawfully selected for redundancy because they are parent...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/02/2021

    Register to Order Coronavirus Tests for your Employees.

    Rapid tests will be offered to workplaces with more than 50 employees in an effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Th...

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  • Legal updates
    3/02/2021

    What’s on the Horizon?

    We take a look ahead at some developments that employers may find it helpful to be aware of. 1. National Minimum Wage C...

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  • Legal updates
    1/02/2021

    Employee Unfairly Dismissed for Comments on Social Media

    An employee was awarded over £28,000 after it was found that he was unfairly dismissed over social media comments. The ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/01/2021

    COVID-19 Tests and Isolation Explained

    There are 2 main types of test currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19: Polymerase Chain Reaction (P...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/01/2021

    Health and Safety Spot Checks and Inspections During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Enforcement officers are out and about, carrying out spot checks and inspectio...

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  • Legal updates
    22/01/2021

    Supporting Employees Who Have Survived Redundancy

    Sadly, many employers have found themselves in the position of having to make redundancies recently and more may find th...

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  • Legal updates
    18/01/2021

    Tribunal Finds “Best Fit” Recruitment Decision Discriminatory

    An employer lost a discrimination claim from an unsuccessful job applicant after managers became focussed on recruiting ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/01/2021

    COVID-19 Response to a Positive Test Result

    When to Isolate: Introduction: In line with UK Government guidelines, if an employee or worker has had contact at work...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    24/12/2020

    Spot the Christmas Turkey…

    How hot is your employment law knowledge? Pit your wits against our Christmas turkey contest and see if you can spot the...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    23/12/2020

    Agency Workers – Did You Know?

    Some employers will be thinking about how to meet their additional staffing needs in these uncertain times, one of the r...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/12/2020

    Christmas Tree Lights Banned because of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT.)

    A property management firm responsible for three Lancashire Jobcentres advised the Department for Work and Pensions that...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    22/12/2020

    Peace on Earth (…or the Workplace At Least!)

    It may be the season for peace on earth and goodwill to all, but unfortunately this won’t be the case amongst all empl...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2020

    New Tier 4 level – STAY AT HOME – what does it mean?

    The Government announces a new level of restriction for certain areas to be in place from 20th December. Employers do n...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2020

    Jobcentre Staff Banned from Sticking Christmas Decorations on the Ceiling.

    Jobcentre staff were banned from sticking Christmas decorations on the ceiling - in case they fell and injured themselve...

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  • Legal updates
    21/12/2020

    Employment Tribunal Claims on the Rise

    The quarterly tribunal statistics for July to September 2020 have been released and they reveal some unwelcome news for ...

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  • Legal updates
    18/12/2020

    When a Child is Born…

    We thought it was a fitting time to have a look at three fast facts around pregnancy and maternity rights that you may f...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/12/2020

    Brownies and Guides Banned from Singing Carols in Shopping Centre – because of “Health and Safety” Risk.

    The Marlowes centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire banned Brownies and Girl Guides from putting on a carol concert fo...

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  • Legal updates
    18/12/2020

    Make it a Christmas Cracker…

    Some employers may be looking at different ways to thank employees for their hard work over what has been a difficult ye...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    17/12/2020

    Christmas Decorations Banned from Village Centre because of “Health and Safety.”

    A small Kent village had lost its festive spirit before Christmas had even got started in 2019, after the council banned...

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  • Legal updates
    16/12/2020

    Spread a Little Love

    Mental health in the workplace has been a topic we have returned to over the course of this year and with Christmas on t...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/12/2020

    A City Council Banned its Staff from Putting up Christmas Decorations

    A city council banned its staff from putting up Christmas decorations on their office walls because it breaches ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    14/12/2020

    Employer Victimised Employee by Not Giving a Pay Increase

    An employee who brought disability discrimination claims against her employer was found to have been victimised when th...

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  • Legal updates
    11/12/2020

    Virtual Performance Appraisals

    As we approach the end of the year, some organisations may be starting to prepare for annual employee performance appra...

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  • Legal updates
    10/12/2020

    Proposed New Statutory Payment Rates Announced

    The government has announced its proposal to increase statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental pay and...

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  • Legal updates
    9/12/2020

    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

    December just wouldn’t be the same without Kingfisher Professional Services very own 12 Days of Christmas Countdown! ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/12/2020

    “Health and safety” killjoys force Santa to wear a seatbelt in his sleigh.

    Every Christmas Eve Santa whizzes around the world at top speed, without incident. But Santa's unblemished driving reco...

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  • Legal updates
    7/12/2020

    Proposed Changes Regarding Non-Compete Clauses and Exclusivity Clauses

    The government has launched consultations on possible changes to the law regarding the use of post-termination non-comp...

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  • Legal updates
    3/12/2020

    Looking AHEAD

    Many employers will have seen the government count-down clock setting out how many days there are left until Brexit and...

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  • Legal updates
    30/11/2020

    Looking Ahead: Things to Think About in December

    As the year begins to draw to a close there are a few HR matters employers may wish to think about if they have not don...

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  • Legal updates
    26/11/2020

    Equal Pay in the Spotlight

    The BBC has recently been cleared of unlawful acts of pay discrimination against women, following an investigation by t...

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  • Legal updates
    25/11/2020

    Minimum Wage News

    The Chancellor has announced that the qualifying age for the national living wage rate will be reduced from 25 to 23 fr...

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  • Legal updates
    24/11/2020

    Employee Dismissed for Asking for Clarification of Possible Disciplinary Sanction

    An employee’s dismissal was held to be unfair by an employment tribunal after it was found that the true reason for i...

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  • Legal updates
    23/11/2020

    Is Your Organisation in a Difficult Position?

    This year has been and remains one of the toughest for lots of employers. Many have found themselves needing to make di...

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  • Legal updates
    17/11/2020

    Top Tips for Preventing and Tackling Workplace Bullying

    This week is national bullying week in England and whilst it is intended to raise awareness of the issue of bullying am...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/11/2020

    Company fined after forklift truck fatality

    A pallet transport company has been fined after a forklift driver was killed when his forklift overturned. Mr Regina...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/11/2020

    £40,000 fine after care home death fall

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunkeld has been fined for health and safety failings which led to the death of a vulnerab...

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  • Legal updates
    5/11/2020

    Breaking News – Furlough Scheme Extended Until March

    In what will be very welcome news for many employers the Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme will be exten...

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  • Legal updates
    5/11/2020

    Employment Law Myths Going Up in Flames…

    As it’s bonfire night we thought we’d take the opportunity to throw a few of those employment law myths on the bonfi...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    5/11/2020

    What a face covering is?

    In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mou...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/11/2020

    Liverpool to be regularly tested for Coronavirus in first whole city testing pilot

    Tests will be provided through a partnership between Liverpool City Council, NHS Test and Trace and the Ministry of Defe...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/10/2020

    Treat Yourself to Some HR Tricks This Halloween!

    Haunted by HR issues? Having a devil of a time managing an employee? Here’s some ‘spooktacular’ HR tips that can h...

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  • Legal updates
    23/10/2020

    What do the Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics Show?

    Quarterly employment tribunal statistics have been released for April to June 2020. They show that: Single employme...

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  • Legal updates
    22/10/2020

    Breaking News – Chancellor Announces Changes to Job Support Scheme

    The Chancellor has this afternoon announced significant changes to the government’s Job Support Scheme for open busine...

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  • Legal updates
    20/10/2020

    Equality Act: Ten Year Anniversary

    As it’s 10 years this month since the Equality Act came into force, we thought we’d have a look at some of the key a...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/10/2020

    Fine for manufacturer after serious injuries to worker

    Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing for telecoms and water piping, has been fine...

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  • Legal updates
    14/10/2020

    Top Tips for Remote ‘Onboarding’

    With many organisations working remotely, one of the questions that may arise if an organisation is in a position to rec...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/10/2020

    Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020

    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) There have been big improvements over recent years in reducing the number and rate of...

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  • Legal updates
    8/10/2020

    Predetermined Dismissal Was Unfair

    An employee who was dismissed after an argument with her manager has won her unfair dismissal claim after it was found t...

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  • Legal updates
    6/10/2020

    World Mental Health Day

    World Mental Health Day is taking place on 10th October 2020. The main theme selected this year is ‘mental health for ...

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  • Legal updates
    30/09/2020

    Festival of Learning: Spotlight on Family Friendly Rights

    As September is the most popular month for births we take a look at some fast facts about statutory maternity and patern...

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  • Legal updates
    28/09/2020

    Tribunal Finds Stoicism is a Philosophical Belief

    An employment tribunal has found that Stoicism is capable of protection under discrimination law. The employee’s belie...

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  • Legal updates
    24/09/2020

    Breaking News – Chancellor Announces New Job Support Scheme

    In what will be welcome news for some employers, the Chancellor has this afternoon announced a new ‘Job Support Scheme...

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  • Legal updates
    22/09/2020

    Festival of Learning: Dependant Care Leave Did You Know?

    As part of our festival of learning series in which we shine a spotlight on different areas of employment law, we take a...

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  • Legal updates
    21/09/2020

    Significant Discrimination Decision

    An employee has won discrimination and harassment claims after an Employment Tribunal held that the Equality Act 2010 do...

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  • Legal updates
    18/09/2020

    Employer Should have Taken a More ‘Constructive Approach’

    An employer has been found to have constructively unfairly dismissed  an employee who has a disability when they did no...

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  • Uncategorized
    17/09/2020

    Festival of Learning : Grievance Top Tips

    Sometimes employees raise a complaint about a workplace issue, if you have not had to deal with a workplace grievance be...

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  • Legal updates
    15/09/2020

    Festival of Learning: TUPE Did You Know?

    If an employer is buying or selling a business or part of one, or is involved in a service provision change, the Transfe...

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  • Legal updates
    10/09/2020

    Mental Health Awareness – World Suicide Prevention Day

    World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th September every year, it’s intended to promote awareness about suicid...

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  • Legal updates
    7/09/2020

    The Festival of Learning

    The month of September sees the festival of learning, the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. It aims t...

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  • Legal updates
    2/09/2020

    Winding Down of the Furlough Scheme

    As many employers will be aware the furlough scheme will be coming to an end on 31st October 2020. As it winds down, emp...

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  • Legal updates
    28/08/2020

    Employee Wins Over £15,000 in Discrimination and Victimisation claim

    An employee has won her employment tribunal claim for age discrimination, victimisation and discrimination arising from...

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  • Legal updates
    18/08/2020

    Changing Terms and Conditions in Difficult Times

    For many employers, the government’s announcement that the UK is in the first technical recession for 11 years will co...

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  • Legal updates
    14/08/2020

    Employing Apprentices – Key Things Employers Need to Know

    With the government offering incentives to encourage employers to take on new apprentices, some employers may be conside...

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  • Legal updates
    12/08/2020

    Staying Cool in a Heatwave

    As many parts of the country are experiencing a heatwave, employers may be thinking about what steps they can take to he...

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  • Legal updates
    10/08/2020

    Holiday and Quarantine

    Recent changes to the quarantine rules for travellers arriving into the UK from some countries such as Spain, Belgium an...

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  • Legal updates
    4/08/2020

    Jobs Rush?

    Employers who are recruiting may find that their vacancies are in high demand. It’s been reported that a Manchester re...

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  • Legal updates
    28/07/2020

    Supporting Bereaved Employees

    Some employers may find themselves managing an employee who has been recently bereaved. This will be a difficult and ups...

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  • Legal updates
    27/07/2020

    Could a Settlement Agreement Help Your Organisation?

    Many employers will find themselves dealing with difficult situations in the coming months. If your organisation is one ...

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  • Legal updates
    22/07/2020

    Performance Management – Avoid Following in this Employer’s Footsteps

    An employer who had been addressing the poor performance of a manager for a considerable time fell at the last hurdle wh...

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  • Legal updates
    21/07/2020

    Workplace Planning

    Many organisations who have employees on full time furlough will be making plans as best they can for when they are able...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    20/07/2020

    New Plans to Ensure Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes Offer Both Smoking and Non-Smoking Outdoor Options

    People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an...

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  • Legal updates
    20/07/2020

    Shielding Employees: Looking Ahead

    From 1st August 2020 the public health guidance in England changes so that employees who are shielding and are unable to...

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  • Legal updates
    16/07/2020

    Redundancy Selection: Turbulent Times Ahead?

    After announcing large scale redundancies EasyJet has been facing criticism from pilots’ representatives after proposi...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/07/2020

    Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops and Supermarkets from 24th July

    Under new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on pu...

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  • Legal updates
    13/07/2020

    National Minimum Wage in the Spotlight

    The issue of employees being paid less than the National Minimum Wage has been highlighted following reports that a Sund...

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  • Legal updates
    9/07/2020

    Actions Outside Work Can Affect Employment

    Historian David Starkey has been hitting the headlines recently after saying in an online media interview that slavery w...

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  • Legal updates
    8/07/2020

    Breaking News: Chancellor’s Announcements for Employers

    The Chancellor has made some announcements in his Summer Statement that will be of interest to employers, we look at wha...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/07/2020

    HSE Urges Businesses to Become COVID-Secure

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure as ...

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  • Legal updates
    3/07/2020

    Working Time Reminder

    With some employers finding a high demand for their products /services at the moment and other sectors starting to open ...

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  • Legal updates
    2/07/2020

    Redundancy: Consultation and Coronavirus

    With further redundancies being announced this week at well known businesses across a variety of sectors there is no dou...

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  • Legal updates
    30/06/2020

    Ostracised Employee Wins Employment Tribunal

    An employee who complained about colleagues making fun of disabled clients and was ostracised as a result has succeeded ...

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  • Legal updates
    29/06/2020

    Flexible Working – Did You Know?

    Some employers may find that they start to receive an increase in flexible working requests over the coming months. This...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/06/2020

    Restarting Workplace Pressure Systems Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    This guidance is for employers who use pressure systems in their workplace including those working in manufacturing, and...

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  • Legal updates
    25/06/2020

    Employer Wins Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination Case

    An employer who dismissed a bus driver for dangerous and poor driving which culminated in him driving into the rear of a...

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  • Legal updates
    24/06/2020

    Redundancy Business Cases What Employers Need to Know

    With the announcement of dates from which more businesses in England will be able to open many employers will be conside...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/06/2020

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Air conditioning The risk of air conditioning spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace is extremely low. Yo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    22/06/2020

    Air Suspension Systems on Vehicles

    HSE has investigated several serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles. The two main causes are col...

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  • Legal updates
    12/06/2020

    Returning to the Workplace – Thinking Ahead

    Many non-essential retailers in England will be planning to open next week and other employers will be trying to plan ah...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/06/2020

    Use of Face Masks Designated KN95

    Introduction A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of prote...

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  • Legal updates
    11/06/2020

    Collective Redundancies

    Many employers will be in the processes of assessing their staffing needs, sadly for some this may lead to them consider...

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  • Legal updates
    4/06/2020

    On Your Radar…?

    With many organisations under pressure at the moment we have put together a round-up of a few matters it will be helpful...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/05/2020

    COVID-19 Temporary Relaxation of the Enforcement of the EU and GB Drivers’ Hours Rules: All Sectors Carriage of Goods by Road

    The Department for Transport introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of both the EU and ...

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  • Legal updates
    27/05/2020

    Recruitment Lessons

    Reports have been hitting the headlines about the poor recruitment and on-boarding experiences of ‘contact tracers’ ...

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  • Legal updates
    26/05/2020

    Redundancy: Fast Facts

    Many employers will be assessing their staffing needs over the coming year and for some, this may mean considering makin...

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  • Legal updates
    22/05/2020

    Mental Health Awareness Week: Spotlight on Home-workers

    Many employees are currently working from home for the first time. Whilst some will be enjoying the experience, this is ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/05/2020

    Is the Covid-19 Shutdown Putting Your Workers at Additional Risks from Legionnaires’ Disease?

    Legionellosis – is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by the legionella bacteria, includi...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/05/2020

    Statement From the UK Chief Medical Officers on an Update to Coronavirus Symptoms: 18 May 2020

    New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced. From today, all individuals should self-iso...

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  • Legal updates
    18/05/2020

    Whistleblowing and the Workplace

    There are undoubtedly many challenges facing employers at the moment and these will of course vary sector by sector and ...

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  • Legal updates
    13/05/2020

    Welcome News for Employers – Furlough Scheme Extended Again

    The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme which was set to run until the end of June, has been extended unti...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/05/2020

    New Guidance Launched to Help get Brits Safely Back to Work

    New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running...

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  • Legal updates
    7/05/2020

    Coronavirus and the Workplace – What’s on the Horizon?

    There are two developments that are on the way that will be of interest to employers – government guidance on returnin...

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  • Legal updates
    5/05/2020

    Pregnant Employee Dismissed for Taking Sick Days

    A pregnant employee who worked for her employer for only a week has won her automatic unfair dismissal and pregnancy and...

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  • Legal updates
    4/05/2020

    Possible Changes Ahead for Employment Tribunal Cases

    The Law Commission has made a number of recommendations for changes that could, if implemented, mean significant changes...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    1/05/2020

    Musculoskeletal Disorders – How to Keep Britain’s Backbone in Good Health During the Pandemic

    The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry is being pushed to its limits, with many manufacturers and suppliers repo...

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  • Legal updates
    30/04/2020

    The Prime Minister and Paternity Leave

    The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, became a father again this week and it was announced that he planned to take paternit...

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  • Legal updates
    28/04/2020

    Successful Employment Tribunal Claim Costs Employer Dear

    An employment tribunal has found that an employee had been subjected to a catalogue of unlawful treatment in the workpla...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/04/2020

    Advice to Distribution Centres and Other Sites on Maintaining Social Distancing for Drivers

    Loading and unloading goods vehicles can put drivers and other workers at risk. It is important to consider all risks to...

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  • Legal updates
    23/04/2020

    Increasing Cost of Successful Discrimination Claims

    As you may already be aware, if an employee is found to have been discriminated against an employment tribunal can award...

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  • Legal updates
    17/04/2020

    Mental Health: Supporting Employees in Troubling Times

    There is a word we have all become accustomed to hearing throughout this coronavirus crisis: unprecedented. For many emp...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    17/04/2020

    RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19

    You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/04/2020

    Carrying Out Thorough Examination and Testing of Lifting and Pressure Equipment During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Introduction An emerging consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is the challenges faced by commerce and ind...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    6/04/2020

    Coronavirus Update: A Joint Statement between the HSE, TUC and CBI

    This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/04/2020

    First Aid Cover and Qualifications during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of Coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you nee...

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  • Legal updates
    27/03/2020

    Update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    The government has released further details regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough leave’) that ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/03/2020

    Fit Testing Face Masks to Avoid Transmitting Infection During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    HSE updates its guidance regarding RPE and face fit testing. A fit test should be carried out before people wear RPE ...

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  • Legal updates
    27/03/2020

    ‘In Demand Sectors’

    Whilst many sectors have been hard hit by the measures the government has put in place to fight Coronavirus, there are s...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/03/2020

    Performing Health or Medical Surveillance During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    Do you already provide health / medical surveillance for employees? Are you concerned with how to continue to manage ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/03/2020

    Drivers – Welfare Regulations and Drivers Hours

    Are you restricting a delivery drivers’ access to welfare facilities in your premises when they visit as part of their...

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  • Legal updates
    16/03/2020

    Bullying in the Workplace – Top Five Things Employers Need to Know

    The Home Office has been hitting the headlines with the news that a senior civil servant, Sir Philip Rutnam, intends to ...

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  • Legal updates
    13/03/2020

    Coronavirus: Preparations and SSP Update

    As the coronavirus situation develops employers are having to deal with the unique challenges it poses. This includes ke...

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  • Legal updates
    11/03/2020

    Budget Announcements: SSP and Coronavirus

    In the Budget revealed by the Chancellor this afternoon were a number of measures intended to help support employers in ...

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  • Legal updates
    11/03/2020

    Contracts Changes Ahead

    You may remember from our earlier Legal Update whats-on-the-horizon-for-2020 that April promises to be a busy time for ...

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  • Legal updates
    10/03/2020

    Changes to Compensation Limits on the Way

    It has been announced that the limits on certain tribunal awards and other sums payable under employment legislation wil...

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  • Legal updates
    3/03/2020

    Beware Resignations Given in ‘the Heat of the Moment’

    A Managing Director has won a claim of unfair dismissal after fellow directors held him to what they considered to be hi...

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  • Legal updates
    2/03/2020

    Coronavirus and Employees

    With Coronavirus (COVID-19) featuring heavily in the news employers may find themselves with some employment law questio...

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  • Legal updates
    27/02/2020

    Successful Tribunal Claim Costs Employer Dearly

    Successful Tribunal Claim  Costs Employer Dearly An employee has been awarded nearly £400,000 after winning her tribu...

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  • Legal updates
    24/02/2020

    Government Response to National Minimum Wage Consultation

    The government has been consulting on aspects of the National Minimum Wage legislation and has now announced that some c...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/02/2020

    Exposure Limits Revised

    Do you carry out building refurbishments, run a bakery, have a woodworking shop, carry out welding activities or fabrica...

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  • Legal updates
    20/02/2020

    Mental Health Back in the Spotlight

    The sad news that former Love Island Presenter Caroline Flack took her own life has put mental health and suicide in the...

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  • Legal updates
    19/02/2020

    Workplace Disruption

    Unfortunately, it’s likely that some employers may be experiencing workplace disruption due to the recent adverse weat...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/02/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 3

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Legal updates
    5/02/2020

    Attendance Insights

    A recent survey has provided some interesting insights into employee behaviour when it comes to attendance. It shows tha...

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  • Legal updates
    3/02/2020

    Hot Topic: Social Media

    The issue of employees making inappropriate social media posts is back in the spotlight following the announcement that ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    31/01/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 2

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Legal updates
    31/01/2020

    New Right to Parental Bereavement Leave

    Employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, will have a ne...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    30/01/2020

    Conflict at Work: Are Your Managers the Problem or the Solution?

    A recent report from the CIPD shows that all too often line managers can be a source of conflict or make workplace confl...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/01/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 1

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Legal updates
    16/01/2020

    BBC Loses Equal Pay Claim

    BBC presenter Samira Ahmed has won her equal pay claim after showing that the work she did presenting Newswatch was equa...

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  • Legal updates
    13/01/2020

    Proposed New Statutory Payment Rates Announced

    The government has announced its proposal to increase statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay t...

    read more
  • Legal updates
    9/01/2020

    National Minimum Wage Rates

    The new National Minimum Wage rates have been announced. From 1st April 2020 rates for: Workers aged 25 and over wi...

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  • Legal updates
    7/01/2020

    Tribunal Finds Ethical Veganism is a Philosophical Belief

    An employment tribunal has decided that ethical veganism is capable of protection under discrimination law. The employee...

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  • Legal updates
    12/12/2019

    Top Tips for Change Management

    In the runup to the election we have been hearing a lot about the changes political parties would like to make and that ...

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  • Legal updates
    27/11/2019

    Bah Humbug?

    It’s that time of year again, the exciting annual event all managers have been waiting for! Not your workplace Christm...

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  • Legal updates
    20/11/2019

    Latest Sickness Absence Figures

    The Office of National Statistics has released the latest sickness absence figures and they make some interesting readin...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/11/2019

    DRIVING FOR WORK – On The Road

    More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve someone who is driving for work (Department of Transport).  I...

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  • Legal updates
    15/11/2019

    Tackling ‘Disagreements’ in the Workplace – What Can Employers Learn from the England Football Squad?

    You may have heard about the ‘disagreement’ between England teammates that led to the Manager, Gareth Southgate, dro...

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  • Legal updates
    13/11/2019

    ‘Breath-taking’ Lack of Training Led to Managers Committing ‘Grave Errors’ in the Treatment of a Disabled Employee

    Laura Ashley has been ordered to pay a disabled Sales Leader over £18,000 after it was found she had been constructivel...

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  • Legal updates
    11/11/2019

    Workplace Politics?

    We are surrounded by politics at the moment, whether it’s discussions about Brexit, election campaigning or political ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    4/11/2019

    Can Employment Law Help You Deal with Difficult Trading Conditions?

    The latest Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) makes for some gloomy reading for tho...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    31/10/2019

    Risk Assessment – Are You Complying with the Legal Requirement?

    All employers are legally required to make a ‘suitable and sufficient assessment’ of the risks to their employees’...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    31/10/2019

    Are you Feeling Brave?

    As it’s Halloween we thought we’d share a few seasonal stories of our own and some tricks to help you protect your o...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    28/10/2019

    Employee Constructively Dismissed Following Change to Role

    An employee has been awarded over £17,000 after a tribunal found that she had  been constructively dismissed following...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    23/10/2019

    Is Homelessness Affecting Your Employees?

    When employers are considering issues that may impact an employee’s performance, attendance or wellbeing it is unlikel...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    15/10/2019

    Lessons from an Employers Costly Conduct

    An employer has been ordered to pay over £50,000 after they lost a case for race and sexual orientation harassment and ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    11/10/2019

    National Work-Life Week Day Five: Encouraging Good Practice for Wellbeing

    There are many ways employers can encourage wellbeing at work without needing to make big or costly changes. You might w...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    10/10/2019

    National Work-Life Week Day Four: Flexible Working in Focus

    With an increasing number of employees valuing a good work-life balance, it’s important for employers to be aware of t...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    9/10/2019

    National Work-Life Week Day Three: Wellbeing at Work

    Not only is it National Work Life Week this week but tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. The main theme selected this y...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    8/10/2019

    National Work-Life Week Day Two: Workplace Culture

    A big part of wellbeing at work is workplace culture. If there is a positive workplace culture where employees feel supp...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    7/10/2019

    National Work-Life Week Day One: Spotlight on Working Hours

    For many employees one of the key factors in achieving a good work-life balance is their working hours. So, is there a l...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    2/10/2019

    I’m an Employee Get Me Out of Here!

    There may be times when employees find themselves unable to get back from holiday on time through no fault of their own....

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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/09/2019

    Working at Height

    There are three main reasons for providing a safe and healthy working environment, (possession of morals, the fact that ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    30/09/2019

    Insights on Compliance with Workplace Rights

    According to research by the Resolution Foundation some workers are still missing out when it comes to basic rights such...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    20/09/2019

    Vegetarianism Held Not to Be a Protected Characteristic

    An employee who claimed he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his vegetarianism has had his complaint reje...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    18/09/2019

    Feeling Perky?

    Whilst many employers choose to offer some perks to their employees, these usually tend to be along the more traditional...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    12/09/2019

    Low Appraisal Score was Discrimination Arising from Disability

    An employee whose performance was impaired by the symptoms of his kidney disease was found to have been discriminated ag...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    10/09/2019

    Recruitment Insights?

    Recruitment can be a demanding and time consuming process for employers as there is pressure to ensure the right candida...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    2/09/2019

    Company and Director Sentenced After Multiple Workers Diagnosed With Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

    A company providing specialised services in drilling, and its director, have been sentenced after a number of workers we...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    30/08/2019

    Back to School for Employers

    As a new school year is about to start, we thought it would be a good time to look at some family friendly rights workin...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    27/08/2019

    Two Top Challenges for Retail in the Spotlight

    At a time when the retail sector is already facing challenges, recent developments highlight two areas in particular  w...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    22/08/2019

    Do You Have More in Common with Robert De Niro Than You Would Like?

    A senior employee at Robert De Niro’s film production company has been accused of wasting ‘astronomical amounts of t...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    20/08/2019

    Zero-Hours Contracts: Consultations and Changes

    The government is proposing to introduce measures to reduce ‘one sided flexibility’ in contracts such as zero hours ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    16/08/2019

    Instant Dismissal Following Argument Costs Employer Over £18,000

    A tribunal found that a flight instructor had been unfairly dismissed following an argument with a director, after which...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    14/08/2019

    Holiday Pay for Part Year Workers

    The Court of Appeal has handed down a decision in Brazel v The Harper Trust  that will affect employees on permanent co...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/08/2019

    Health and Safety Executives Statistics 2018-2019

    A total of 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2018/19. Although this represents an increase of 6 fatali...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    12/08/2019

    Empower Your Managers!

    Managing employees and navigating the employment law procedures that go with this can be tough. It’s important that ma...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    8/08/2019

    The Government’s New Arrival

    The government has published a response to its consultation on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and ne...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    6/08/2019

    Are Your Employees Getting the Holiday They Are Entitled To?

    According to a recent report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) nearly two million employees in the UK are not getting th...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/08/2019

    Dyslexic Charity Worker Wins Significant Compensation at Tribunal

    A former employee of the housing charity Shelter has been awarded over £28,000 after winning his case for constructive ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/08/2019

    Gross Misconduct – Fact or Fiction?

    When it comes to gross misconduct it can be difficult for employers to separate fact from fiction. Below we look at thre...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/08/2019

    Restaurant Found to Have Unfairly Dismissed an Employee for Whistleblowing

    An employment tribunal has found that an Assistant Restaurant Manager was automatically unfairly dismissed for blowing t...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/07/2019

    Employer Sentenced After Worker Severed Three Fingers – 17th July 2019

    Andrew Gibson has been given a suspended jail sentence for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injurie...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    26/07/2019

    Top Tips for Top Performance

    Employees are one of an organisation’s greatest assets so it’s important to ensure you get the most out of them. Bel...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    25/07/2019

    Deputy Care Home Manager Unfairly Dismissed

    An employment tribunal has awarded a  deputy care home manager £11,000 after a tribunal found she was unfairly dismiss...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    12/07/2019

    Employing an Apprentice? Make Sure Your Organisation Uses the Right Contract

    Whilst the start of the new academic year is a way off yet, some organisations will already be considering taking on an ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    11/07/2019

    Whistle While You Work….

    Whilst most employers have heard the term ‘whistleblowing’ not everyone is familiar with this area or the protection...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    5/07/2019

    Maintenance Failings Blamed for Death in Wolverhampton

    A company which admitted breaching health and safety laws after a woman was killed by debris blown off a building roof b...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/07/2019

    Employment Status – Employee, Worker or Self Employed That is the Question!

    Over the past few years employment status has become a hot topic, particularly in sectors such as the gig economy where ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    28/06/2019

    Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics Released

    There are no great surprises for employers in the latest tribunal statistics. The figures show that the number of tribun...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    28/06/2019

    Employee Wins Career Long Losses for Appalling Treatment

    An employment tribunal has made some rare and costly awards after finding that an employee had been discriminated agains...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    26/06/2019

    Employee Appraisals Under the Spotlight

    As we are close to being halfway through the year you might be thinking about whether your organisation is on track to a...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/06/2019

    Health and Safety Executive Dust Inspections

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced new rounds of dust control inspections, which will take place over ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    20/06/2019

    Your Summer Staffing Questions Answered!

    If your organisation is one of those that is bracing itself for a busy summer season, you may be making plans to ensure ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    14/06/2019

    Fathers in the Spotlight

    As Father’s Day is nearly upon us, we thought we’d take a quick look at three important family friendly rights that ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    6/06/2019

    Treatment by Employer Following Pregnancy Announcement Was Discrimination and Harassment

    An employment tribunal has found that an employer discriminated against and harassed a new starter. The unlawful treatme...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    4/06/2019

    Spotlight on Holiday Pay

    With many employees starting to book their summer holidays we thought it would be a good time to have a look at holiday ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    31/05/2019

    Dismissal of Employee for Proselytising in the Workplace was Fair

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision that it was fair for an employer to dismiss a nurse for improperly proselyti...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    29/05/2019

    Employer Discriminated Against Employee by Asking her to Keep her Sexuality a Secret

    An employer was found to have directly discriminated against an employee because of her sexual orientation when the Mana...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    17/05/2019

    Mental Health Awareness Week Top Tip #5: Create an Inclusive Workplace Free from Discrimination and Harassment

    Fear of discrimination and how they will be treated can be significant reasons why many employees don’t feel able to t...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    16/05/2019

    Mental Health Awareness Week Top Tip #4: Encouraging Healthy Eating

    Healthy eating is not just good for physical health but mental health too as what we eat can affect how we feel. Whilst ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/05/2019

    HSE Issue Safety Alert Regarding Platform Lifts (vertical lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility)

    If you own or use a platform lift within your premise to allow persons with impaired mobility access or are responsible ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    15/05/2019

    Mental Health Awareness Week Top Tip #3: Introduce Wellbeing Days

    As part of promoting and supporting positive mental health in the workplace you might wish to consider giving ‘Wellbei...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    14/05/2019

    Mental Health Awareness Week Top Tip #2: Encourage Employees to Make the Most of their In-Work Rest Breaks

    Taking a break is important for mental health as it enables employees to relax and refocus. After taking a break, employ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    10/05/2019

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we are marking it with a series of top tips on ways of improving mental he...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    10/05/2019

    Could a Settlement Agreement Benefit Your Business?

    Settlement agreements can be a useful commercial tool for employers who wish to exit an employee from their organisation...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    3/05/2019

    Flexible Working: Five Fast Facts

    Employees are increasingly placing importance on what they see as a good work life balance but what are their rights whe...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/04/2019

    Employee Wins £84,000 in Discrimination Case

    An employer has been left counting the cost after it was found that an employee had been discriminated against on the gr...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/04/2019

    Employment Tribunal Claims Still Rising

    The latest tribunal statistics have just been released for the period October to December 2018. They show that there was...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/04/2019

    Discrimination Becomes More Costly

    If an employee is found to have been discriminated against an employment tribunal can award compensation for injury to f...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    28/03/2019

    Mother’s Day Special: Pregnancy and Maternity Rights

    As it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday we thought it would be timely to have a look at four fast facts when it comes to pr...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    8/03/2019

    Spotlight on Health

    Health is increasingly coming under the spotlight at national level. From high profile campaigns regarding mental health...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    28/02/2019

    Retail Sector Facing Challenges

    A study by the Resolution Foundation thinktank has found that retail has the highest redundancy rate of any sector of th...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    14/02/2019

    Love is in the Air… and Maybe Your Workplace!

    As today is Valentine’s Day we thought we’d share our top tips to help you manage matters of the heart in your workp...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/02/2019

    Change in Enforcement Expectations for Welding Fume

    Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mi...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    25/01/2019

    Extension of Redundancy Protection for New Parents?

    The government is consulting on proposals to extend protection for women who have returned to work following maternity l...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    23/01/2019

    ‘Veganuary’ Special: Is Ethical Veganism a Philosophical Belief?

    As January is being promoted as ‘Veganuary’ to encourage people to try veganism, it seems a good time to look ahead ...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    17/01/2019

    TUPE or Not TUPE That is the Question….

    It’s an issue which affects many employers – sometimes when they don’t even realise it! So, what is TUPE and why d...

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  • Legal updates
    11/01/2019

    Absent Employees Shouldn’t Be Out of Sight Out of Mind

    Out of Sight Out of Mind?   When an employee is absent from work it’s important not to forget about them. By being ...

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