The need for hand sanitiser

13 May 2021

Our business is desk-based and therefore low-risk. With restrictions lifting, will we still need to provide hand sanitiser in the workplace?

Health and safety audits in-house

6 May 2021

We intend to carry out a series of health and safety audits to ensure we are managing risks effectively. The Managing Director has requested that this is undertaken in-house. What is good practice in relation to this?

Bank holidays — forcing staff to work

21 April 2021

I need staff to come into work over the May bank holiday. I do not recognise a trade union so there is no collective agreement to this effect. Can I force the staff to work on any bank holiday?

Bank holidays — forcing staff to take annual leave

21 April 2021

My staff do not have the entitlement to leave on bank holidays written into their contracts.  This year I wish the business to close for a week over a bank holiday period.  How should I go about this?

Ramadan and night shift working

8 April 2021

One of the essential workers on my night shift is a follower of the Islamic faith, and has come to me to talk about Ramadan. With so many of the workforce off sick, we cannot allow her to take annual leave over this period as she usually does. What provisions should we put in place to allow her to consume food and drink and take part in prayers through the night?

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

8 April 2021

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?