Ramadan and holiday entitlement

24 April 2019

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Ramadan and night shift working

24 April 2019

One of the workers on my night shift is a follower of the Islamic faith, and has come to me to talk about Ramadan. He doesn’t have enough holiday to take time off during Ramadan in spring this year, and we are short on staff as a lot of people are off on holiday. What provisions do we have to put in place to consume food and drink and take part in prayers during the hours of sun down?

Lay-offs and short-time working — contractual terms

17 April 2019

I am experiencing financial difficulties within my company. The time has come, I have now decided to cut costs, introduce short-time working to reduce the wage bill and get the business back on its feet again. All the staff have a clause in their contract of employment entitling me to lay them off work or to introduce short-time working. Is there any more that I should know?

Lay-offs and short-time working — no contractual rights

17 April 2019

My business is going through a bad spell. I can’t meet the present wage bill. Can I just put the staff on short-time working until the financial and economic situation improves? There is nothing in the staff’s contract of employment about this.

UK immigration rules update

10 April 2019

I understand that some important changes to the points-based system (PBS) immigration rules have been made this year. Please can you outline them?

New immigration rules in the NHS

10 April 2019

I am an HR manager in the NHS. Can you please explain the recent changes to the immigration rules (the Points Based System) for the recruitment of medical staff outside the EEA/EU?