Dismissal before a TUPE transfer

1 May 2019

Few issues in employment law worry employers more than dealing with the complex rules involved in the transfer of a business or service: the dreaded Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations — usually known as “TUPE”.

Providing support to carers in the workplace

1 May 2019

With an ageing population, UK employers are experiencing an increase in numbers of those within their workforce who are undertaking unpaid care. In 2019, research by Carers UK revealed that one in seven of all workers have caring responsibilities that they are managing alongside their professional lives, with over two million having reduced working hours in order to meet their responsibilities. A staggering nearly 2.6 million people are reported to have given up work in order to care full time, with around 600 people leaving work every day over the past two years.

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.

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.

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.

How to handle employees' social media addiction

3 April 2019

Social media and online networking carried out across sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat amongst others, is regarded as a normal, everyday feature of nearly all adult lives. While most individuals are capable of monitoring and restricting their own usage to levels they are happy to continue, there are some individuals who may be experiencing negative health impacts due to their ever increasing need to use social media.

Five things to know about minimum wage enforcement

27 March 2019

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has made the follow recommendations, which the Government accepts, in respect of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for certain apprentices and workers in respect of pay reference periods starting on or after Monday 1 April 2019. The new NMW rates for pay reference periods starting on or after 1 April 2019 are as follows: