Examining the law on strikes

10 August 2022

Employees organising together and disrupting their employer’s business has a long history in the UK, and this is not the first time our streets have seen picket lines and placards. However, summer 2022 seems to have brought with it a large amount of discontent.

Could unretirement be the solution to the skills shortage?

10 August 2022

When people are your biggest asset as a business, making sure they have the right skills is a top priority. Employers have two options to fulfil this need: grow their own, developing existing employees, or hiring in talented people who have what you need now. Option one is a slow burner, and as far as option two goes, UK employers are currently seeing a “recruitment crisis” with a lack of available quality candidates. So, what can employers do?

10 tips for preventing food poisoning in care settings

9 August 2022

Food poisoning is a commonly used term to describe illness caused by consuming food infected with bacteria, viruses or parasites such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. Illnesses caused by food poisoning are usually short-lived but can make people very sick. Fit and healthy adults usually recover quickly; however, for vulnerable people, including those who are elderly or who have certain health conditions, food poisoning can be serious. Martin Hodgson suggests 10 food safety tips that can be used in both residential adult social care and in home care settings.

Calculating the 52-week average for holiday pay

28 July 2022

In the UK, the minimum statutory requirement for paid holiday each year is 5.6 weeks — this can include public holidays and is capped at 28 days. There have been significant changes to the law surrounding holiday pay in recent years, with regulations now stating that regular overtime and commission payments need to be included.

Neonatal leave and tip protection back on the legislative agenda

20 July 2022

You may recall that the Queen’s speech contained a few surprises for organisations, the biggest being the absence of the Employment Bill. This caused many within the HR and employment law community to question when, if ever, certain rights would come into force. Now, however, through the more unusual route of a “Private Members Bill” in parliament, at least two of those rights look set to go ahead: neonatal leave and protection for hospitality workers tips.

Train strikes: more disruption planned for train travel

20 July 2022

Following strikes held on 21, 23 and 25 June, which caused widespread disruption throughout the rail network, further strikes have been planned by the RMT and Aslef trade unions. These will affect travel once again, and this time with strikes planned for 30 July and 20 August 2022 (both Saturdays), weekend workers will for the first time be significantly impacted.

Mandatory learning disability and autism training for staff

18 July 2022

The Health and Care Act 2022 (HCA) has introduced a new heath and care staff training requirement, which applies from 1 July 2022. The consequence of this new law is that all Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered providers must ensure that their staff get training appropriate to their role on interacting with people with a learning disability and with autistic people. Christine Grey investigates.

Managing staff through a UK heatwave

14 July 2022

Employers in the UK don’t typically have to worry too much about how to manage staff during periods of extremely high temperatures. Indeed, there is an abundance of information available on making alternative arrangements for rain and snow, but with temperatures set to reach almost 40 degrees next week, employers will need to put measures in place to keep teams cool and comfortable. There could be added issues if staff can’t get to work or, in some cases, if they pull a sickie to make the most of the warm weather. As such, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

2022 so far: the forgotten, the implemented and the yet to be seen

8 July 2022

At the beginning of 2022, we wrote about the legal changes we expected to see in the coming year, based on various government announcements and proposals. Now that we are into the second half of the year, it is time to take stock and ask: what has happened so far, what are we still waiting for, and what does it seem likely we’re not going to get (for now, anyway)?