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In Brief: Employing Reservists

The Ministry of Justice has published a toolkit for employers containing guidance and support on all aspects of employing reservists. This includes: details of rights and responsibilities, and financial assistance for employers and reservists; guidance for line managers on how to manage reservists; managing requests regarding time off for training; and guidance and actions for… Read more »

A Brief Guide to TUPE

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply to any size of business and protect the employment rights of employees when their employer changes as a result of the relevant transfer of a business or a part of one. They implement the EC Acquired Rights Directive. The Regulations introduced: a widening of… Read more »

A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. They apply to those workers who are supplied by a temporary work agency to work temporarily for and under the supervision and direction of a hirer. All temporary agency workers are entitled, from the first day of their assignment, to information on… Read more »

Taking the Opportunity to Network with Neighbours

If you’re following us on Twitter or connected to our LinkedIn, you will know that we take every opportunity possible to attend networking events. To us it’s a valuable opportunity to not only expand on our knowledge within our specialist areas, but also learn from the successes of others and share experiences with professionals and… Read more »

Are you putting your employees health and wellbeing at risk?

According to a recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developments (CIPD), lack of heath and wellbeing policies are putting employee and business health at risk. The ‘Growing the health and wellbeing agenda: From fist steps to full potential’ report found that fewer than one in ten organisations have implemented a standalone wellbeing… Read more »

A General Guide to Recruiting Staff

Getting the recruitment process right is vital to ensure that you not only select the most suitable candidate for the vacancy but also do so without falling foul of the applicable law. The Law The Equality Act 2010 is intended to eliminate discrimination from all workplace situations, including recruitment procedures. The Act protects people from… Read more »

Settlement Agreements

Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and new provisions (Section 111A) were inserted into the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) making settlement agreement discussions inadmissible as evidence in ordinary unfair dismissal cases so that offers to end the employment relationship on agreed terms can… Read more »

Dealing with Employee Absence

Employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is advisable to have systems in place to measure and analyse these costs so that you can identify problem areas. Are there patterns of absence? Does a particular department have a below average record? Unhappy, demoralised employees are more likely to take time off work. Workplace… Read more »

Advice on Workplace Dress Codes

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers who wish to impose dress standards in the workplace. This emphasises that employers should have sound business reasons for applying a particular dress code, such as requiring workers to wear a uniform to promote a corporate image. The key points to bear in mind… Read more »