Five ways to support your employees during Ramadan

25 April 2019

Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic Calendar during which Muslims partake in religious observance, including ritual fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, Ramadan is expected to run from 5 May to 4 June and we have outlined some key ways to support staff during this period.

Menopause: managing the change of life in the workplace

24 April 2019

Treating women as equal to men does not mean treating the two sexes the same. Women are different biologically and this may need to be taken into account at work. Gordon Tranter investigates how the menopause can affect women’s health in the workplace and suggests how employers can provide support to enable women to continue to work comfortably and productively during this time.

Acting to close the gender pay gap

24 April 2019

A statutory requirement for large private and public sector organisations to calculate and publicly report their gender pay gap statistics has been in place since 2017. The publication of the second set of data relating to 2018/19 has revealed that the median gender pay gap for full-time employees has increased from 9.2% to 9.6%, with almost 8 out of 10 employers continuing to have a pay gap in favour of men.

Salary discussions: help or hindrance?

17 April 2019

As the spotlight continues to be cast upon the pay practices of large, and smaller, employers across the UK, some organisations may be struggling with a surge of internal discussions regarding salary payments.

Right to work checks: a Brexit update

16 April 2019

Following last week’s developments, the UK is now legally set to leave the EU on 31 October 2019 unless a deal can be reached before that date.

Blended learning revisited

16 April 2019

It seems as though blended learning has been around for simply ages, which in many ways is true, but what has happened during all this time? Just how is blended learning being used today, especially with the number of delivery formats and technologies at our disposal? Judith Christian-Carter, individual learning consultant, takes a look at the blended learning journey and revisits how it is being used today to both good and poor effect.

A “no-deal” Brexit: implications for employment law and immigration

12 April 2019

Stuart Chamberlain, author and senior employment consultant at Croner-i, considers the implications for employment law and immigration if the Government is unable to obtain Parliament’s approval for withdrawal from the EU and there is “no deal” when the UK leaves the EU. He distinguishes between the short-term and long-term effects and implications and offers some advice to employers.

Misconduct outside the workplace and dismissal

10 April 2019

Dismissal for gross misconduct in the workplace or during working time is well documented. But what if the alleged misconduct takes place outside working hours, in the individual’s private time? How should an employer respond? Will a dismissal be fair? We examine the issues.

Unlimited holiday: management hell or heaven?

10 April 2019

At the time of asking staff whether they have enjoyed their time off work, it is not uncommon for the phrase “I need a holiday just to get over my holiday” to be uttered. It is a common gripe for many workers that they do not get enough time off work or, when they do take holiday, the benefits are often lost far too quickly on their return to work. Trying to fit all personal pursuits and commitments within their holiday allowance can create feelings of imbalance in their personal life.