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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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  • Health & safety alerts
    10/09/2020

    COVID-19 News

    The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. The governmen...

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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
    3/09/2020

    Welcome Back…

    With the government set to launch a renewed plan to encourage more people back to the workplace (where it’s safe to do...

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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
    7/08/2020

    Coronavirus: Recent Developments

    There have been a few recent developments that it will be useful for employers to have on their radar. These include fur...

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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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  • Vacancies
    7/07/2020

    Marketing Executive

    Kingfisher are a successful well-established Health & Safety and Employment Law advice business based in Nottingham....

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  • Vacancies
    7/07/2020

    Health and Safety Consultant

    Competitive Salary plus car allowance and benefits. (Dependent upon Experience) Role description As a leading Heal...

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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
    19/06/2020

    Further Furlough Guidance

    On 29th May the government provided some information about the extension of the furlough scheme and in particular ‘fle...

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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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  • Legal updates
    3/06/2020

    Furlough: Important Update

    The government has announced important developments regarding the furlough scheme. These include the closure of the sche...

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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, inclu...

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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
    22/04/2020

    Furlough Statistics and Update

    The online portal employers use to make claims under the government furlough scheme opened on Monday morning. As anticip...

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  • Legal updates
    17/04/2020

    Update! Furlough Scheme to be Extended

    The government has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended by one month to reflect the continuing social dis...

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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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  • Legal updates
    16/04/2020

    Furlough Again!

    There have been more developments in relation to the government furlough scheme with further changes to the government g...

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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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  • Legal updates
    15/04/2020

    Further Furlough Guidance…

    With only a short time to go before the online portal which employers will use to make a claim under the furlough scheme...

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  • Legal updates
    9/04/2020

    Further Government Update on Furlough Scheme and Portal Launch Date

    There is some good news for employers who are in need of help through the government furlough scheme. Representatives of...

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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
    30/03/2020

    Coronavirus: Holiday Help for Employers

    The government has announced that employees who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to co...

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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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  • Legal updates
    23/03/2020

    Coronavirus: Government Help for Employers

    In what will come as a relief to many employers, the government has announced that further help will be made available w...

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  • Legal updates
    20/03/2020

    Coronavirus Latest: Online Isolation Notes Launched

    One of the many practical problems facing employers in relation to coronavirus sickness absence and self - isolation has...

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  • Legal updates
    20/03/2020

    Coronavirus and Support for Employers

    Many employers have been hit hard by coronavirus and the government measures that have been put in place to fight it. Wi...

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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
    19/03/2020

    Coronavirus: Workplace Considerations

    Many employers are working hard to prepare as best they can to deal with the challenges the developing Coronavirus situa...

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  • Legal updates
    18/03/2020

    Coronavirus: Catch-up and Planning

    Many employers are making plans to try to mitigate as far as possible the impact coronavirus will have on their organisa...

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  • Legal updates
    17/03/2020

    Coronavirus : What does the latest announcement mean for employers?

    The government has announced more restrictive measures in the fight against Coronavirus. The advice is now to avoid non-...

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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
    5/03/2020

    Coronavirus and Sick Pay

    Coronavirus and Sick Pay The Prime Minister announced yesterday that as part of emergency legislation to combat the cor...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/03/2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest Information and Advice

    Introduction: A Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms...

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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...

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  • 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
    2/01/2020

    What’s on the Horizon for 2020?

    There are a number of developments on the way this year, with April promising to be busier than usual, mainly due to cha...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    17/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 12

    Health and Safety Myth A Chef at a carvery restaurant refused to serve the customer some skin off the turkey on the gro...

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  • Legal updates
    16/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 11: ‘…Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

    Discovering an employee has been asleep at work is unlikely to lead most managers to wish them tidings of comfort and jo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    13/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 10

    Health and Safety Myth Health and safety prevent people putting coins in Christmas puddings. Reality: Finding a coin ...

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  • Legal updates
    12/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 9: I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas….

    …Or maybe re-writing a to-do list or just making (another!) quick cup of tea before you get started, yes we are talkin...

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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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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 8

    Health and Safety Myth Children are banned from throwing snowballs. Reality: Every year “health and safety” is qu...

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  • Legal updates
    10/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 7: All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games…

    Whilst we like to think of Rudolph as being happy and fulfilled at work sadly it seems that this hasn’t always been th...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 6

    Health and Safety Myth Carol singer’s health and safety is at risk. Reality: Surely no-one would object to hearing ...

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  • Legal updates
    6/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 5: All I Want for Christmas is You…

    If you have temporary Christmas vacancies sprouting up in your organisation, here are some top tips to keep you merry: ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    5/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 4

    Health and Safety Myth Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year Reality: Lots of compa...

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  • Legal updates
    4/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 3: I Believe in Father Christmas…

    The issue of philosophical beliefs is one that has hit the headlines a few times this year but what about a belief in Fa...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/12/2019

    The Twelve Days of Christmas – Myth One

    Myth One: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office. Reality: We regularly come across c...

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  • Legal updates
    2/12/2019

    12 Days of Christmas – Day 1: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth…

    …and some time off work to go the dentist please! If you receive a plea from an employee for time off to attend a dent...

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  • Legal updates
    28/11/2019

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday – What Do Employers Need to Know?

    With bargains to be had, excitement about Black Friday and Cyber Monday can spill over to affect employees in the workpl...

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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
    4/10/2019

    What Do the Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics Reveal?

    For those of you who have been following the tribunal trends for the past couple of years it will come as no surprise th...

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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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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/09/2019

    Brexit Preparation

    With all the uncertainty around Brexit it can be difficult for employers to know what, if any, steps they need to take t...

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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
    24/07/2019

    Handy Heatwave Hints

    As the country basks (or melts!) in the heatwave, we’ve put together three handy hints from an employment law perspect...

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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
    13/06/2019

    Carers Week

    There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, many of whom will be balancing work with their caring responsibil...

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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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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/04/2019

    FFI Increases to £154.00 per hour

    In 2012, the HSE instigated its Fee for Intervention Scheme, the cost of which was £124.00 per hour.  This was sub...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    24/04/2019

    The Big HR Spring Clean

    It’s not just homes that can benefit from a good spring clean, it’s HR practices and procedures too and the good new...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/04/2019

    Bank Holiday Bonanza

    As the Easter bank holiday weekend will soon be upon us we thought it would be a good time to have a look at some of the...

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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
    14/03/2019

    April Changes on the Way!

    Changes to various rates, limits and statutory payments are on their way in April. It’s important that the relevant pe...

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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
    6/02/2019

    How Are You?

    Time to Talk Day is taking place tomorrow with the aim of encouraging everyone to have a conversation about mental healt...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    1/02/2019

    National Sickie Day has Arrived!

    According to national statistics the first Monday in February is the day when people are most likely to ‘pull a sick...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    30/01/2019

    Employment Law Themes and 2019

    Last year saw some key themes develop when it came to employment law, so what did we learn and what do we think the rest...

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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
    24/01/2019

    Wages Wrath

    You may have heard about a builder in Liverpool having a ‘smashing time’ in a dispute over alleged unpaid wages. The...

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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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  • Health & safety alerts
    14/01/2019

     Portable Ladders

    What is happening? Product standards for portable ladders have changed  – the single British & European product ...

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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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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twenty Four: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Twelve

    Myth The Chef at a carvery restaurant refused to serve the customer some skin off the turkey on the grounds of health a...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twenty Three: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Eleven

    Myth It was reported that a Supermarket café told a customer that they are unable to heat up the mince pies they serve...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Ten

    Myth: It was reported that an entry fee charged for a Christmas craft fair was necessary in order to control the number...

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  • Legal updates
    21/12/2018

    Holiday: Has ‘Use it or Lose it’ Been Lost?

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down an important decision regarding the first four weeks of employees’...

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  • Legal updates
    21/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twenty One: Let it Go, Let it Go!

    If you’ve ever had to deal with a personality clash in your workplace that chorus will probably strike a chord with yo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    20/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twenty: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Nine

    Myth: You cannot clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. Reality: You can clear snow and ice from pavements yours...

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  • Legal updates
    19/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Nineteen: O Come All Ye Faithful

    Sometimes employees ask for time off work for religious reasons. Such requests can be wide ranging and can encompass mat...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Eighteen: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Eight

    Myth: Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings. Reality: Finding a coin in your pudding ...

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  • Legal updates
    17/12/2018

    Hasty Employer’s Dismissal Was Unfair

    An employer's refusal to postpone a disciplinary hearing to enable the employee’s trade union representative to attend...

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  • Legal updates
    17/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Seventeen: Mistletoe and ‘Whine’

    Whilst you might feel that your workplace is merry and bright you may have an employee who doesn’t share your view and...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    14/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Sixteen: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Seven

    Myth: Children are banned from throwing snowballs. Reality: Every year we hear inaccurate stories about children who ...

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  • Legal updates
    14/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Fifteen: … Making a List and Checking it Twice, Gonna Find out Who’s Naughty and Nice!

    Whilst you are probably thinking about how well your organisation has performed this year, have you also thought about t...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    14/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Fourteen: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Six

    Myth: Carol singers are a health and safety risk. Reality: Surely no-one would object to hearing the dulcet tones of ...

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  • Legal updates
    13/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Thirteen: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly?

    Whilst the festive season is a happy one for a lot of people, there are those for whom it can be a difficult time. If yo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Twelve: Health & Safety Myths – Myth Five

    Myth: Seats removed from shops - despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet. Reality: Give it a rest...

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  • Legal updates
    11/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Eleven: Not So Silent Night

    An employer created their own nightmare before Christmas when they took the wrong approach to an employee who was unable...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    10/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Ten: Health & Safety Myths – Myth 4

    Myth: Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives Reality: We ofte...

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  • Legal updates
    7/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Nine: In the Bleak Mid-Winter…

    It’s that time of year again when we can expect some (more!) extreme weather which may cause travel disruption. If an ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    7/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Eight: Christmas Health & Safety Myths – Myth Three

    Myth: You can't throw sweets into the crowd at pantos. Reality: Health and safety rules were blamed when a panto stop...

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  • Legal updates
    7/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Seven: ‘Tinselitus’ on the Rise?

    When it comes to managing sickness absence, don’t overlook the benefits of holding a return to work interview with emp...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    6/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Six: Christmas Health and Safety Myths – Myth Two

    Myth: Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year. Reality: Lots of companies waste money...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    5/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Five: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

    If you employ drivers, you may get a complaint from a member of the public or a customer about their driving. If you do,...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Four: Christmas Health and Safety Myths – Myth One

    Myth: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office. Reality: Each year we hear of companies...

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  • Legal updates
    3/12/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Three: ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas

    When it comes to festive tribunal claims Westlake v ZSL London Zoo is hard to beat so brace your elves’! A love tri...

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  • Legal updates
    30/11/2018

    Advent Calendar Day Two: Frosty the Snowman – Temporary Vacancies

    If your organisation is one of the many who will be recruiting temporary employees in the next few months, here’s two ...

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  • Legal updates
    30/11/2018

    Advent Calendar Day One: All I Want for Christmas is You [r Memo]

    Employers don’t need to ask for much this Christmas, They don’t need to wish for snow, All employers really n...

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  • Legal updates
    30/11/2018

    National Minimum Wage Rates Set to Rise

    The government has confirmed the new National Minimum Wage rates that will take effect from 1st April next year. As t...

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  • Legal updates
    23/11/2018

    Directors Personally Liable for £2 Million Whistleblowing Claim

    The Court of Appeal has handed down an important decision about whistleblower protection by finding that two directors w...

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  • Legal updates
    13/11/2018

    Anti-Bullying Week – Has Your Organisation Chosen Respect?

    Anti-bullying Week 2018 is being held between 12th and 16th November and this year’s theme is ‘choose respect’. An...

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  • Legal updates
    1/11/2018

    Will Employees Have More Time to Bring Employment Tribunal Claims?

    The Law Commission is currently consulting on a number of recommendations regarding the operation of employment trib...

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  • Legal updates
    24/10/2018

    Autumn Baby Boom!

    Statistics indicate that Autumn is the most popular time of year for babies to be born. Whilst most employers are fam...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    24/10/2018

    Work at Height

    Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from la...

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  • Legal updates
    24/10/2018

    Halloween Special: HR Horrors!

    There’s no rest for the wicked when it comes to dealing with HR issues this Halloween! Read on to discover how to b...

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  • Legal updates
    17/10/2018

    Déjà vu….

    The latest employment tribunal statistics have been released. You guessed it!  The number of employment tribunal cl...

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  • Legal updates
    11/10/2018

    World Mental Health Day

    World Mental Health Day took place this week with the aim of spreading awareness and breaking down social stigma regardi...

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  • Legal updates
    3/10/2018

    Time to Question Your Interview Questions!

    The recruitment process ...can be as challenging for employers as it is for those seeking employment. After all there...

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  • Legal updates
    19/09/2018

    Sexual Harassment Costs Employer Over £15,000

    An employer was ordered to pay compensation to a 17-year old receptionist after she was found to have been sexually har...

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  • Employment Law & HR
    19/09/2018

    Withdrawal of Job Offer Was Discriminatory

    An employer who withdrew a job offer, after receiving what they considered to be unsatisfactory references, has lost a...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/09/2018

    Annual Statistics Show Little Has Changed

    The annual summary of workplace “fatal injury” statistics as reported to all health and safety enforcing authorities...

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