Employment and HR Articles

Informing and Consulting Employees

September 30, 2019

The EU Information and Consultation Directive 2002 established minimum requirements for companies with more than 50 employees for consulting and ...

The Calculation of Holiday Pay

September 29, 2019

Voluntary Overtime and the Calculation of Holiday Pay Following on from the 2014 decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Bear ...

Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

September 29, 2019

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 established a new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate culpable homicide ...

A General Guide to Recruiting Staff

September 29, 2019

Getting the recruitment process right is vital to ensure that you not only select the most suitable candidate for the vacancy but also do so without ...

A Guide to Equal Pay Audits

September 29, 2019

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are ...

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

September 29, 2019

Regulations that came into force on 1 December 2014 made changes to the way in which eligible parents can take leave after the birth or adoption of a ...

A Brief Guide to TUPE

September 29, 2019

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply to any size of business and protect the employment rights of ...

E-cigarettes in the Workplace

September 29, 2019

Legislation under the Health Act 2006 that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in vehicles used for ...

Settlement Agreements

September 29, 2019

Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and ...

Whistleblowing

September 29, 2019

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) – often referred to as the ‘Whistleblowing’ Act – was introduced in the wake ...

Workplace Stress - An Employer's Duties

September 29, 2019

The Chartered, Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has published its nineteenth annual survey, 'Health and Well-Being at Work', which was ...

The Calculation of Holiday Pay

September 29, 2019

Voluntary Overtime and the Calculation of Holiday Pay Following on from the 2014 decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Bear ...

Homeworking and an Employer's Duties

September 29, 2019

Since 30 June 2014, all employees who have worked for their employer continuously for 26 weeks have the right to ask their employer if they can work ...

A Guide to Preventing Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

September 29, 2019

Under the Equality Act 2010, which repealed all previous discrimination law and brought together the relevant legislation in one place, it is ...

A Guide to Selecting Employees for Redundancy

September 29, 2019

When an employer faces having to dismiss employees by reason of redundancy, there are certain procedures that should be followed in order to comply ...

A Guide to the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations

September 29, 2019

In spite of the Equal Pay Act 1970, which prohibited less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions, and subsequent ...

A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

September 29, 2019

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. They apply to those workers who are supplied by a temporary work agency ...

Executive Pay Ratio Reporting

May 17, 2019

The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018, made under the Companies Act 2006, came into force on 1 January 2019. The Regulations ...

Executive Pay Ratio Reporting

May 17, 2019

The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018, made under the Companies Act 2006, came into force on 1 January 2019. The Regulations ...

Employee Rest Breaks

May 16, 2019

Employers Must Be Proactive to Ensure Workers Get Proper Breaks Except in certain circumstances, an adult worker whose daily working time ...

Vicarious Liability

May 16, 2019

There have been a number of cases in recent years that illustrate the extent of employers' liability for the actions of their ...

Sleeping Time and the National Minimum Wage

May 16, 2019

Whether or not a worker who is on call at their employer's premises but who is allowed to sleep when their services are not required is entitled to ...

Preventing Illegal Working

May 16, 2019

The Immigration Act 2016 contains a wide range of measures, including new rules intended to was introduced to crack down on businesses that employ ...

National Minimum Wage and Statutory Pay Rates

May 16, 2019

The following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates took effect from 1 April 2019: ...

The Equality Act 2010 - A Guide for Employers

May 16, 2019

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of discrimination legislation and other ancillary measures introduced over the last forty years. The ...

The General Data Protection Regulation

May 16, 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaced the EU Data Protection Directive, came into force on 25 May 2018 and now, together with ...

Compensation for Injury to Feelings

May 16, 2019

There are three bands that are used by Employment Tribunals when assessing the amount of compensation payable for injury to feelings in ...

Preventing Illegal Working

May 16, 2019

The Immigration Act 2016 contains a wide range of measures, including new rules intended to was introduced to crack down on businesses that employ ...

Part-Time Workers and Discrimination

January 30, 2019

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 established a minimum standard of fairness for part-timers so that ...

In Brief: Acas E-learning Modules

January 30, 2019

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) offers useful electronic learning modules on a variety of topics. These ...

Settlement Agreements

January 30, 2019

Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and ...

Written Statement of Employment Particulars

January 30, 2019

A contract of employment may be verbal but all employees, whether part-time or full-time, are entitled by law to be given a written statement setting ...

Acas Guidance on Employment References

January 30, 2019

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for job applicants and employers of the legal requirements appertaining to ...

Acas Guidance on Employment References

January 30, 2019

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for job applicants and employers of the legal requirements appertaining to ...

Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

January 30, 2019

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 established a new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate culpable homicide ...

Part-Time Workers and Discrimination

January 30, 2019

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 established a minimum standard of fairness for part-timers so that ...

Drug Policy - Recognising the Signs and What to Do

January 30, 2019

Substance abuse amongst staff can affect all areas of employment, whether it be a decrease in productivity, increased absenteeism or the increased ...

Age Discrimination and Retirement

October 17, 2018

Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) in 2011, it is not permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the ground of ...

Failing to Prevent Bribery - Are You at Risk?

October 16, 2018

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It created a new offence which can be committed by a commercial organisation if it fails to ...

Resolving Workplace Disputes

October 16, 2018

As of 6 April 2009, the Employment Act 2008 repealed the Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedures in their entirety. In their place is a voluntary ...

Risk Assessments for Breastfeeding Mothers

October 16, 2018

EU Directive 92/85/EEC is aimed at protecting the health and safety of women in the workplace who are pregnant, have recently given birth or are ...

Acas Issues Guidance on Employment References

October 16, 2018

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has issued guidance informing job applicants and employers of the legal requirements ...

Vicarious Liability

October 16, 2018

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases that dealt with the vicarious liability of employers for incidents that took place at work. Employee's ...

When Does Notice of Termination Take Effect?

June 1, 2018

Exactly when notice of termination takes effect can impact on an employee's entitlement to certain benefits or employment rights. In the absence of ...

The General Data Protection Regulation

June 1, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaced the EU Data Protection Directive, came into force on 25 May 2018 and now, together with ...

The Right to Privacy and the Workplace

June 1, 2018

In the long-running case of Bărbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) looked at an employer's right to examine an ...

Pension Rights for Gay Spouses and Civil Partners

June 1, 2018

The Supreme Court has handed down a ruling which means that all married gay couples and civil partners should receive equal pension ...

When Does Notice of Termination Take Effect?

June 1, 2018

Exactly when notice of termination takes effect can impact on an employee's entitlement to certain benefits or employment rights. In the absence of ...

Age Discrimination and Retirement

February 17, 2018

Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) in 2011, it is not permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the ground of ...

The Right to Privacy and the Workplace

February 17, 2018

In the long-running case of Bărbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) looked at an employer's right to examine an ...

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