‘Always on’ culture: recipe for disaster?

September 19th, 2018

Are the current working conditions in the UK detrimental to its workforce? Is there anything employers can do to ameliorate the effects of an ‘always on’ culture? What are the potential risks for employers?

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How to handle office romances in the aftermath of #MeToo

September 19th, 2018

The #MeToo movement empowered victims to share their experiences on social media and demonstrated the prevalence of sexual harassment in society. As a result, many employers are reviewing how they should deal with workplace relationships which can give rise to sexual harassment or discrimination claims, especially where relationships break down.

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Obtaining a report from Occupational Health

September 19th, 2018

When an employee is ill, an employer will often wish to engage Occupational Health to produce a report on the employee’s health, any adjustments that could be made to the employee’s role and the return to work possibilities and options. It is usually the employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for the occupational health appointment. … Continue reading “Obtaining a report from Occupational Health”

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Office Romances post #MeToo

September 13th, 2018

Given we spend 90% of our day with our work colleagues it is not surprising that the workplace is reported to be the second most popular way to meet a significant other. 15% of people report having met a significant partner in the workplace. Workplace relationships can become problematic for any senior level executive – … Continue reading “Office Romances post #MeToo”

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Advantages for senior executives of using an outplacement service

September 13th, 2018

As part of a senior exit negotiation the employer may be convinced to pay for the departing executive to receive outplacement support. We asked specialist outplacement providers, Executive Action how outplacement helped departing senior executives. Their programme is very much tailored and can include the following elements as applicable:- A series of meetings with a … Continue reading “Advantages for senior executives of using an outplacement service”

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Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May

April 30th, 2018

With less than a month to go, employers are reminded of the need to draft a Privacy Notice for issue to employees, workers and contractors – the Privacy Notice must then be signed and returned by all staff by 25 May 2018. Whilst the majority of UK businesses and HR managers are aware that the … Continue reading “Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May”

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Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban

April 30th, 2018

The ban on Employment Tribunal fees has led the number of Tribunal claims to rise by up to 90%. Employers are being encouraged to review their employment policies, procedures and practices as the number of claims brought before Tribunals have increased significantly following the abolition of fees. At the end of July 2017, the Supreme … Continue reading “Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban”

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New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts

April 30th, 2018

Parliament to hear evidence on the introduction of a ban for ‘disingenuous’ unpaid shifts. According to a newly proposed bill, businesses could be forced to pay prospective workers the minimum wage for trial periods. The newly launched private members bill put forward by SNP member Stewart McDonald MP has called for new legislation to stop … Continue reading “New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts”

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Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning

April 30th, 2018

With the GDPR fast approaching businesses can learn from the Morrisons’ data breach. In 2014, supermarket chain Morrisons suffered a serious data breach when the payroll data of nearly 100,000 employees was posted online by a disgruntled employee. The data, supplied by the company’s external auditor, KPMG, was copied by an authorised employee in HR … Continue reading “Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning”

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Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity

April 30th, 2018

Employers need to ensure they correctly deduct the PAYE/NIC payable on termination payments. Further to HMRC’s “Simplification” of the Tax and NIC Treatment of Termination Payments consultation paper, changes have now come into effect as of 6 April 2018 in how termination payments must be treated regarding income tax and NICs. The thrust behind the … Continue reading “Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity”

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