Working time — opt-out agreements

22 May 2019

All but one of my workforce have signed an opt-out agreement to show that they are willing to work more than 48 hours per week. The one employee who has refused has often been difficult over other matters. Can I use his refusal to sign the opt-out agreement as a reason to dismiss him?

Physical contact in the workplace

22 May 2019

I have recently read online that some staff are calling for physical contact at work to be banned, is this something we as employers need to think about?

Work experience — considerations

22 May 2019

We have received a request from one of our employees who wishes to bring their 15-year-old child to work for a two-week work experience placement. What sort of things do we, as employers, need to consider?

Duration of statutory sick pay

16 May 2019

I have an employee who has been on long-term sickness absence, how long do I need to make statutory sickness payments for?

Disciplinary procedures — criminal offence

15 May 2019

An employee has been charged with a criminal offence and is now in custody. I no longer want him to be employed at my company. Can I go ahead and sack him or do I have to wait for the outcome of the police investigation and criminal proceedings? These may take months.

Disciplinary procedures — recording meetings

15 May 2019

One of my employees is facing a serious charge of misconduct. I understand from a reliable source that this employee intends to secretly record the proceedings of the disciplinary hearing. Surely this recording cannot be used at any subsequent tribunal hearing?