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.

Employee benefits and tax

18 October 2019

In these uncertain times for business, it is important to keep employees motivated. Where pay rises cannot be given, or the amounts provided are limited, extra benefits for employees can improve staff morale, but it is important to also understand the tax implications for employees and employer says John Davison.

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.

Being a family-friendly employer

16 October 2019

Working parents are afforded certain rights under employment law and employers need to ensure they are aware of them. Not only can failure in this area result in costly discrimination claims, it can also mean the difference between a low or a high retention rate. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines points that employers can consider when aiming to be family-friendly employers.

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.