NDAs — the latest Government consultations

9 October 2019

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), also known as confidentiality agreements, can be the cause of much scrutiny in employment. In this article, Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, examines the legal implications of using NDAs, alongside upcoming developments in this area to be aware of.

The dos and don’ts of managing employee disability

9 October 2019

While a disabled employee can present numerous challenges for an employer, appropriately managing this situation can help to avoid discrimination claims, as well as maintaining and prolonging the employment relationship. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, explores several points that employers should consider when managing employee disability.

Three things to know about cancelling approved leave

9 October 2019

One of the most common annual leave queries which arises is whether an employer can cancel an employee’s approved annual leave. Cancelling an employee’s approved annual leave could result in constructive dismissal claims, so employers are advised to tread carefully.

Help workers kick the smoking habit

8 October 2019

Stoptober, the Government’s 28-day national stop smoking challenge, officially kicked off on 1 October 2019. Vicky Powell looks at all the good reasons why employers should help workers kick the smoking habit and the best strategies to achieve this.

Burnout — what is it and how should employers manage it?

2 October 2019

With the World Health Organisation officially recognising burnout as an “occupational phenomenon”, the focus on the workplace risk of burnout is higher than ever — leading to employers considering how to manage this problem.

Lessons from Thomas Cook

30 September 2019

On 23 September 2019, Thomas Cook went into compulsory liquidation. Around 21,000 worldwide employees were left without jobs (including 9000 UK staff) and 600,000 customers (150,000 from the UK) were left abroad. Stuart Chamberlain, author and senior employment lawyer at Croner-i, outlines some takeaway points employers can learn from the company’s collapse.

Handling flexible working requests

25 September 2019

With the Government recently announcing its plan to support a better work-life balance, including increased flexi-time or remote working (Government offers helping hand to balance work and life), permitting employees to change their hours is becoming increasingly popular with modern day employers. Although employers do not have to allow flexible working, they must be aware of the legal obligations upon them when processing these requests.

Becoming a business nomad

25 September 2019

Wildgoose's Flexible Working survey suggests that UK businesses need to offer high levels of flexible working to hold onto their staff who are looking to better balance work and life. In addition, creating flexible working spaces is also a pivotal imperative to maintain loyalty and productivity. Dave Howell reports.

What’s behind successful business innovation?

24 September 2019

Innovation may once have been the product of good luck plus “one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Now it is a strategic element of economic successes that must deliver continuously. Which means that innovation itself is undergoing a make-over, reports Jon Herbert.

Supporting employees with drug or substance abuse

18 September 2019

The risks posed by employee substance abuse can be significant in businesses, potentially placing both the workforce and customers in danger. It is therefore crucial that employers are prepared to identify and fully respond to the issue of workplace drug use or addiction.