Christmas parties and employee misconduct — what are the dangers?

13 November 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and many employers may be looking to organise the annual Christmas party. While this should be a fun experience for everyone concerned, should they be worried about the potential for employee misconduct? Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Trends in public sector pay

13 November 2019

In this article, Tricia Palmer, HR consultant and leadership and personal coach, discusses recent trends in public sector pay and comments on the implications of pay freezes and the gender pay gap. She debates the comparisons between private and public sector pay and explores the Government’s ability to fund public sector pay awards.

Christmas election — what could this mean for employment?

6 November 2019

With a General Election set for 12 December 2019, Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines previous confirmed developments to the law going forward, alongside the implications for future changes from a Conservative or Labour victory.

Should employers implement bereavement leave?

30 October 2019

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences that an individual can endure, with bereavement leave regarded as an integral part of the grieving process. Permitting leave in this situation can be well received by a workforce, but employers should always consider the implications of doing so. In this article, Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, considers how employers may implement bereavement leave.

Acas Early Conciliation — the process

30 October 2019

Since 2014, one of the mandatory processes for an individual (the “claimant”) lodging a claim at the Employment Tribunal is that they must go through Acas Early Conciliation (EC). Stuart Chamberlain, author and senior employment law consultant at Croner-I, summarises the stages of the EC process and draws out the important points for employers.

Fancy dress at work — good idea or the stuff of nightmares?

23 October 2019

With Halloween almost upon us, some employers may want to use this as an opportunity to allow employees to wear fancy dress to work. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines what companies should bear in mind in these situations.

Plugging the skills gap

23 October 2019

There is much talk today about skills gaps and how, if they are not plugged, considerable harm will be done to the economy because organisations will cease being successful. Numerous studies predict large shifts in what skills will be in demand, yet there is a noticeable lack of what to do to plug them. However, two recent published studies do offer some useful advice, as Judith Christian-Carter reveals here.

Returning to work after childbirth

17 October 2019

The return to work by postnatal mothers is a major transition. However, careful management plays a crucial role in retaining and developing the best talent, points out Gordon Tranter.

Daylight saving time — the implications for employers

17 October 2019

With daylight saving time coming to an end at 2am on Sunday 27 October 2019, and starting again at 1am on Sunday March 29 2020, employers should consider what this could mean for staff working when the clocks change. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i outlines points which employers may consider when it comes to daylight saving.