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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
    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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