Acas case update: Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance procedures

25 August 2016

Two recent cases heard in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concerning the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the “Code”), clarify and serve as a useful reminder of when the Code applies, and the potential consequences of failing to comply with the Code, writes Amy Cunningham of Cunningham Legal.

How to train managers in negotiating skills

24 August 2016

All managers must at some time carry out a negotiation. This may be to persuade an employee to work at a weekend, to settle a wage deal, or to complete a major customer contract. The purpose is to get what you want on favourable terms, ideally leaving the other party feeling satisfied. Negotiating skill is therefore a vital tool in the manager’s toolbox, says Bob Patchett.

Handling hay fever hot spots at work

19 August 2016

It is estimated that as many as 18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever but for some workers symptoms may be worse while they are at work. Vicky Powell examines the “hot spots” around the office that can have huge implications for allergy sufferers and what employers can do to reduce the likelihood of their staff suffering such allergic reactions at work.

Assessing the impact of the National Living Wage

18 August 2016

Deborah Moon, HR Consultant, considers the main findings of a new report into the impact of the National Living Wage, which provides some useful early indicators for HR professionals to inform their future thinking on this issue.

Prepare for the introduction of tax-free childcare

17 August 2016

Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) is part of the Government’s long-term plan to help working families throughout the UK with up to £2000 of childcare support per year, per child, through a new online account. Paul Tew looks at the changes announced in Budget 2016 outlining how the TFC scheme will work when launched in early 2017.

Smart drugs — the new normal?

8 August 2016

In an increasingly competitive and demanding business world, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, dubbed “smart drugs”, in the workplace is becoming “normalised”. Vicky Powell examines the complex questions around these drugs, including whether such medication can have a legitimate role at work.

“Good enough” negotiating

5 August 2016

Some tips for life’s habitual losers — the next in our occasional series of blogs about Evie Wyman — a very small businesswoman, by Jude Tavanyar.

Locked out or locked in

4 August 2016

Securing a building thoroughly can compromise fire safety. Mike Sopp looks at how to find the balance between the need to secure premises against unauthorised access, and to ensure that people can escape easily in case of an emergency.

Alcohol in the workplace

4 August 2016

Gudrun Limbrick considers what responsibility employers have to spot and tackle alcoholism among their employees.

Happy, healthy homeworkers

3 August 2016

New figures show that homeworking has risen dramatically in the UK over the past 10 years, potentially offering productivity gains for employers as well as significant benefits in wellbeing and work–life balance to workers. Vicky Powell examines the latest trends and the key issues to consider.