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.

Unlimited holiday: management hell or heaven?

10 April 2019

At the time of asking staff whether they have enjoyed their time off work, it is not uncommon for the phrase “I need a holiday just to get over my holiday” to be uttered. It is a common gripe for many workers that they do not get enough time off work or, when they do take holiday, the benefits are often lost far too quickly on their return to work. Trying to fit all personal pursuits and commitments within their holiday allowance can create feelings of imbalance in their personal life.

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.

Avoiding age discrimination in the workplace

27 March 2019

In this article, Kathy Daniels explains the concept of age discrimination and steps employers ought to take to ensure that they are avoiding discriminatory actions.

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:

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.

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.

How to meet safeguarding requirements in your setting — an 8-part plan

1 March 2019

In October 2018, Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings was published to support inspections under the common assessment framework. Liz Hodgman, Childcare Consultant, has developed an eight-part plan to help early years practitioners meet the requirements and provide a robust safeguarding provision.