Should homeworking be an excuse for pay cuts?

1 July 2022

Homeworking has its pros and cons, for both employees and employers. Cost savings in particular are high on the reasons for wanting to work from home, as employees cut out (or reduce) their commuting expenses and consider moving to a cheaper area, further from the office.

Wellbeing on a budget

1 July 2022

The wellbeing of employees has never been more important than it is now. After the difficulties of the pandemic, which is still not entirely behind us, many employees have been left feeling drained — mentally, physically and financially. Employers are recognising the impact of this on the performance of their workforce, and targeting policies, benefits and working practices at helping employees to recover and thrive.

Finding the limit to philosophical belief

23 June 2022

Philosophical belief is protected by the Equality Act 2010 (EqA). However, what constitutes such a belief is not clear cut. Following recent case law that identified factors that can limit a belief “qualifying” for this protection, we ask what can limit a belief from being one worthy of protection? And what if that belief includes an obligation to break the law?

Dogs at work: a way to get staff back to the office?

23 June 2022

According to figures from Statista, the number of households owning a pet jumped from 41% in 2019–20 to 62% in 2021–22. The UK has always been a nation of pet lovers, and these statistics show that remains the case.

Preparing your workforce for the impending train strikes

16 June 2022

Following a vote, members of the RMT union will go on strike on 21, 23 and 25 June. Disruption is also expected on non-strike days because of too few staff working overnight. A special timetable from 20–26 June will be in effect. The RMT union includes drivers, guards, catering staff, signallers and track maintenance workers, and the action will effectively shut down the national railway network. It is anticipated that the service across Great Britain will be reduced to a fifth of its normal levels.

Hybrid and flexible working — worth the hype?

16 June 2022

Hybrid working is everywhere at the moment. We are told it will save us money and that since the pandemic restrictions, it is one of the most wanted things by employees. So, should employers be rushing to join this trend, or is an eventual return full time to the office inevitable?

Are trade unions soon to lose some of their powers?

16 June 2022

The history of governments and trade unions is a lengthy one that has often been strained and occasionally disruptive (many still remember the winter of discontent in the late 70s and the coal miners strikes in the 80s). Attempts to weaken and strengthen trade union powers by various governments have been made throughout the years. It would seem that in 2022, not much has changed, as people up and down the country are busy preparing for what Secretary of State for Transport and Welwyn Hatfield MP, Grant Shapps, has called the biggest strikes in “modern history” on 21, 23 and 25 June.

A new age of collaboration tools

16 June 2022

Individuals and groups have always had to collaborate across a business, but Covid and the shift to working from home (WFH) have meant the tools in use have had to change. Dave Howell considers what collaboration looks like post Covid and assesses the tools we need to enable businesses to continue with their innovation strategies or asks if we need a new collaborative toolset.

Too hot to handle?

14 June 2022

Gordon Tranter summarises what employers and employees should know about the potential hazards of working outdoors during hot weather and how to manage them.

Is there a legal indoor working temperature?

14 June 2022

Complaints about hot, stuffy offices are a common feature of UK summers. As the frequency of summer heatwaves increases, employers need to consider the effect of the heat on employees and take the steps necessary to protect their health and welfare. Gordon Tranter looks at the issues of a maximum office temperature, the risks of working in hot conditions indoors and the actions that should be taken to prevent heat stress.