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.

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.

Personalisation and “Person-centred” Care

2 April 2019

The concept of “person-centred” care has underpinned health and social care approaches for many years and forms the basis of modern care planning. It involves the service user being placed at the centre of their own care and for care to be centred around the needs of the individual, Martin Hodgson explains.

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.

The NHS Long-term Plan

26 February 2019

In this feature, Thoreya Swage, healthcare consultant, highlights the key points affecting primary care in the NHS Long-term Plan.

April 2019 — Nine dates to be aware of

26 February 2019

In April, new employment laws will force organisations to change how they work. There will be hikes in the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), bigger pension contributions and a major overhaul to payslips. Listed below are the legal changes businesses need to know about, with advice on how to prepare for the upcoming changes. For professional advice on dealing with any HR or payroll matters, speak to a qualified consultant on our helpline on 0844 561 8149.

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.