Category Archives: Good practice for Employers

How to be the best employer: Tip 5

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Communication Communication, or the lack of it, is the number 1 cause of disputes between employers and employees. When advising clients about situations that have reached the Employment Tribunal stage I can, in 9 out of 10 cases, identify when things first started to go wrong, and that it could have been resolved if communication […]

When can an employer take ‘positive action’ in discrimination?

‘positive action’ in discrimination

The Employment Tribunal recently reached a decision about Positive Action in the case of Mr M Furlong v The Chief Constable of Cheshire Police [2018]. This case is about a relatively little used, but an often controversial, legal right employers can adopt to take positive steps to redress under representation in their workplaces. The Law […]

Protecting your business from departing employees and the impact of social media

Post-termination restrictions and social media Departing employees are often well-placed to take advantage of confidential information, strategic plans, customer and client details or other information about your business, after the termination of their employment. They may attempt to use this information for the benefit of their new employer, or in order to set up a […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 4

be the best employer

Hold regular appraisals, one to one’s and pay attention to staff development I can guarantee that an employee who is in dispute with their employer will say, “I didn’t even have an appraisal”. Although it is not a legal requirement, it is certainly a factor in employee’s minds when considering what constitutes a good quality […]

How to deal with a complaint of sexual harassment by an employee

sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment at work What is sexual harassment? Sexual Harassment is one of the most difficult situations a worker can face. The legal definition of Sexual Harassment is any ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a worker, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating […]

How to bring ‘Joy’ to your workspace and increase productivity!

Some ways to ‘Marie Kondo’ your workspace You may have heard of the Japanese ‘tidying’ sensation Marie Kondo, who has developed her own organisation technique, called the ‘KonMari’ method, which she uses to help people tidy their living spaces. If not, we highly recommend you have a look at the method, there is currently a […]

How to reduce Employee stress

Stress at work Employers are required by Health and Safety law to protect their employees mental and physical health and two out of every five workers say that stress at work has affected their health. The causes of stress vary from long working hours, difficult bosses or colleagues, to poor working conditions. Although it is […]

Can covert recordings be used as evidence?

Evidence in the Employment Tribunal With the prevalence of mobile phones and the audio capabilities that they have, as an employer you may wonder whether a covert recording of a meeting, made by an employee, could potentially be used against you as evidence in an Employment Tribunal. The answer is not always simple, however past […]

Gender Equality in the Workplace: Still an issue?

Discrimination & Detrimental Treatment at Work I have recently been prompted to write this article about women in the workplace and the inequality that women face for a number of reasons including the fact that I have been instructed by several women in short succession who are clearly being treated to their detriment at work […]

Pregnant Employees: Risk Assessments & Sickness Absence

An employer’s guide to dealing with pregnant employees: Sickness & Risk Pregnancy Risk Assessment Contrary to popular belief there is no legal obligation upon you as an employer to carry out a specific risk assessment for a pregnant employee. Employers are required to protect the health and safety of all employees which includes undertaking a […]

Does your workforce reflect the workforce you want?

Recruiting the Right Workforce for your Business I have recently been talking to a number of business clients who are struggling to find good quality staff to fulfil roles within their business. When they are able to find someone to fill the role they are experiencing difficulties in retaining staff and with staff reliability, especially […]

10 Free things you can do today to be a better employer

10 Simple things to try today As well as advising on how to ‘stay legal’ and avoid Employment Tribunal claims we also strive to improve the world of work for all and in particular we help our business clients to be better employers and provide a great work environment for their staff. It was with […]

Changing Employee Terms and Conditions: A Quick Guide

Changes to Employment Contract Terms There may be times that arise where you need to make a change to employee terms and conditions, such as hours, place of work, job description etc. On most occasions the changes are easy as they will be agreed, for example increases to wages or salary. Other times the changes […]

Managing Stress At Work

Managing your employees stress  I was recently contacted by an employee who was departing from his employment with his employer as he had become so stressed by the pressures of his job role and the pressures placed on him by his employer that he became very unwell. This was an employee in a senior position […]

Top tips for reducing staff turnover & retaining the best staff

Having a high turnover of staff can be costly in terms of both time and money and can prevent growth of a business. It is an issue faced by many businesses and is usually indicative that there are management problems within the organisation. The impact of high turnover of staff includes: • Recruitment costs; • […]

Staff Handbook: Why and how?

Why have a staff handbook & how to get started Although it is not a legal requirement to have a Staff Handbook many employers do have a Handbook of some sort or other in order to provide guidance to staff and managers. I have seen handbooks in all formats but typically they tend to encompass […]

Performance Management: Why employers put it off?

Why do employers avoid performance management & How can you tackle performance issues with employees  I have been reflecting back on the last year and the types of issues I have been helping employers with and one of the things that has come up regularly is performance management. Often business owners have come to me […]

Height requirement for Greek Police is indirect discrimination

A requirement that police officers be a minimum height is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 Did a requirement that police officers must be of a minimum height indirectly discriminate against women?  This was the question before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the recent case of Ypourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton v Kalliri.   […]

Can you monitor employee messages?

Employer breached right to privacy by monitoring messages  The European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) has held that a Romanian employer acted in breach of an employee’s right to privacy under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”) by monitoring his messages on a work-related messaging account. The Law Article 8 […]

Why having a separate performance improvement procedure will make your life easier

Performance Management Issues When it comes to dealing with employee issues of performance it can be much harder to manage the process than straightforward misconduct issues, and as a result many business owners and managers I talk to just avoid it until the problem becomes completely unmanageable. There are numerous reasons given for letting poor […]

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