What has gone wrong with flexible working?

7 August 2015

Anecdotally, it seems that there is a general move away from the 9–5 “standard” working practice and a tendency towards greater flexibility in the working day. Modern life very often needs a very modern approach to how work fits in with the rest of who we are. Zero-hours contracts and home-working are both growing at a rate of knots and adding to the options available to employer and employee, but is this new flexibility only available to a select few? Gudrun Limbrick examines a new study that has found that this might be the case.

Microlearning in context

4 August 2015

The word “microlearning” has recently appeared on Learning and Development’s horizon. While supporters are extolling its virtues, others are urging caution about its use and appropriateness. Here, Judith Christian-Carter explores the new concept of microlearning and considers the context in which it should and should not be used.

The demise of the recruitment interview

31 July 2015

The basic structure of recruitment, on the face of it, has changed little since we first came up with the idea of not simply giving jobs to our children in the order in which they were born. We make these important decisions based on the application letter, form or CV and the interview. The process has got tighter as our concerns for fairness and equality have increased and we have a greater tendency to hand all or part of the process to agencies but, whether the process has become any more effective or any less stressful for all concerned is another matter entirely, says Gudrun Limbrick.

Managing small-scale redundancies

24 July 2015

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are constantly concerned about the level of their staffing and to explore ways to reduce costs and overheads, which can lead to a redundancy situation. Redundancy can be a complex and difficult process. Stuart Chamberlain, Croner author and employment law specialist, sets out ten 10 tips to employers on small-scale redundancies — that is, where only a few people are affected — to enable them to avoid the legal pitfalls.

E-cigarettes in the workplace — what should the employer do?

18 May 2015

A new workplace problem: an employee has complained about a colleague who used an e-cigarette during a meeting with her. She asked him to stop but he refused. He says, the company cannot ban him from using e-cigarettes in the workplace, as he is trying to stop smoking, and that there is no legislation which bans e-cigarette use at work or in public places. There is no company policy on e-cigarettes. Stuart Chamberlain, Croner author and employment law specialist, considers these issues and suggests steps to take if the employer does decide to ban e-cigarettes in the workplace.

Liability of employers for occupational stress

18 May 2015

In claims for psychiatric illness or injury arising from the stress of doing the work an employee was required to do, the issue to be determined is whether the kind of harm had been reasonably foreseeable, which depended upon what the employer knew or ought reasonably to have known about the employee. The High Court applied these principles in Easton v B & Q plc [2015] EWHC 880 (QB).

Evaluation: the problem with ROI

12 May 2015

It seems that a day does not go by without an article appearing extolling the need to prove L&D’s worth by measuring its ROI. Yet there is very little, if any, mention of the fact that it is nigh well impossible to measure the ROI of L&D! In part one of two articles, Judith Christian-Carter takes a detailed look at the latest conundrum facing L&D professionals.

How to correct payroll mistakes

11 May 2015

Even when exercising due care and diligence, employer mistakes can happen from time to time when calculating an employee’s pay and deductions. How a correction is dealt with may be dependent on the employers’ payroll software functionality. Paul Tew investigates.

How to deal with incidents of off-site misbehaviour

11 May 2015

A great deal of confusion exists about an employer’s right to control the behaviour of its employees when they are away from the workplace. Much of this springs from a misinterpretation of the Human Rights Act that does indeed give citizens the right to freedom of expression. However, this Act, like much legislation, balances rights with responsibilities says Bob Patchett. In reality, therefore, employees are free to enjoy life and to express themselves, but to a degree that does not adversely affect other bodies such as their employer.

Domestic violence: a hidden workplace issue

20 April 2015

Domestic violence and abuse is a problem that affects a huge number of people in work. With the help of a new Public Health England toolkit, employers can do more to identify the signs and help those suffering in silence. Beverly Coleman reports.