How and when you must pay the minimum wage

27 March 2019

Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor, outlines what employers must do to calculate the National Minimum Wage (NMW) correctly and ensure this is paid for all relevant hours worked by relevant workers.

Psychological risks in health and safety

13 March 2019

In the short, grey days of winter, it is important to remember that psychological factors can be as damaging as physical health and safety problems in the workplace. However, their effects can be assessed and controlled in the usual way, reports Jon Herbert.

Are hairstyle requirements in dress codes discriminatory?

6 March 2019

Following employers in the city of New York being legally prevented from racially discriminating against employees due to their natural hair or certain hairstyles, UK employers may be questioning whether “hair discrimination” is occurring under their workplace dress codes.

10 steps to better safeguarding from abuse

26 February 2019

A service’s safeguarding strategy should be comprehensive based on a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of abuse. Chris Payne explains how it can be shaped by taking the following steps, using the stated resources.

What must be shown on a payslip

22 February 2019

From 6 April 2019, the legal right to receive an itemised payslip will be extended to all workers, not just employees. The new right applies to payslips covering pay periods which begin on or after 6 April 2019. Furthermore, additional information must be shown on a payslip for workers whose pay varies depending on the number of hours that have been worked. Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor, looks at what employers need to do to plan for achieving compliance with these new statutory requirements.

Cancer: the facts

1 February 2019

The workplace can be a key battleground in the fight against cancer, particularly if there are potential risks from ionising radiation and carcinogenic substances. Jon Herbert reports on the key facts.

Responding to highly inappropriate language in the workplace

23 January 2019

The founder of Papa John’s resigned because of a single use of the n-word. Gudrun Limbrick considers whether resignation or dismissal is the right response to using a single word which, in some arenas, is in common use.

Cold weather planning in adult social care

21 January 2019

Every year health and adult social care service providers have to cope with the effects of cold weather. What are the risks of winter weather and what do adult social care providers have to do to ensure the safety of their staff and service users? Martin Hodgson investigates.

How to beat the January blues

3 January 2019

The early days of winter embrace Christmas and New Year, when people are generally happy and looking forward to celebrations. But in January on return to work, the mood changes. Life seems flat and the holidays months away. Harsh weather makes journeys to work unpleasant — and not surprisingly it is a time when illness peaks. Bob Patchett looks at how to manage winter problems in the workplace and beat the January blues.