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.

Right to be accompanied by an external lawyer

1 June 2022

It has recently been reported that the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, is considering plans to amend the Employment Relations Act 1999 to give teachers the statutory right to be accompanied to grievance and disciplinary hearings by an external lawyer or representative of a body other than a trade union.

Administration and employee contracts: what does Morrisons’ takeover of McColl's mean for employees?

27 May 2022

The purchase of a business as a going concern is relatively common, and the processes to follow are for the most part settled. In nearly all cases, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employees) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) apply to the transfer of the employees’ contracts, rights and service over to the new employer/owner, who must honour these rights as though they were the ones to give them in the first place.

HR considerations of the monkeypox virus

27 May 2022

As cases of monkeypox begin to rise in the UK, there has been speculation that this will become the new coronavirus. However, this is far from the truth. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, which is generally mild and self-limiting, and poses a very low threat to the wider public. It is not easily transmissible, full recovery is expected and treatment is available through the smallpox vaccine. This being said, it is still natural for employers to be prepared for what steps they need to take to manage this outbreak.

Finding and keeping talent in a candidates’ market: future trends

19 May 2022

The first quarter of 2022 has seen a number of record highs reached in vacancies, employee numbers and movement into economic activity. This has created what has become known as a “candidates’ market”, whereby employers are having to find increasingly creative ways to attract and retain talent for the business. In this article, we review the current position in the employment market and identify those areas that employers are focusing on for the next quarter in order to ensure a complete and productive workforce.

Will menstrual leave come to the UK?

18 May 2022

Reports have identified a plan in Spain to introduce between three to five (in serious cases) days’ medical leave for females — and those assigned female at birth — when they suffer from painful periods. This is proposed alongside wider reproductive health reforms, and it is understood that it will be put before the Spanish Cabinet in late May 2022.

Latest trends in learning technology

17 May 2022

The importance of technology to both learners and the L&D function cannot be underestimated. Recently, the provision and use of technology to enable people to learn what they need and when they need it has been the focus of many articles and research. Here, Judith Christian-Carter looks at some very recent research that explores the latest trends in learning technology in 2022.

Hiring young workers: summer staff and beyond

12 May 2022

As organisations continue their preparations for a busy summer season, they may be considering where they will be able to source their staff from. There are the usual sources, of course, comprising of local job agencies, various job sites and local advertising. Forward thinking employers, however, might be thinking of talent pools that could make for permanent staff in the future: young workers and children over 14.

What should employers do about sexual harassment?

11 May 2022

Employees deserve dignity and respect whilst at work. Sexual harassment undertaken by colleagues or third parties can impact that and have negative consequences on the physical and mental health of the individual, as well as their productivity and efficacy at work.