Category Archives: Good practice for Employers

Climate change protests: How should employers respond to employees on strike?

The so-called ‘climate strike generation’, led by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, are urging everyone to join in with their protests about climate change. The school climate strikes she has inspired, saw 1.4 million young people walk out of lessons in March this year, while in September this year, a record 7.6 million people took to […]

5 Reasons why problems arise with staff

Essential information to prevent issues arising in the workplace. In the 15 years or so that I have been advising employers and employees about issues that have arisen at work I can normally work out when problems started to occur and in turn the core reason for the issue. I have therefore prepared a list […]

HR Planning for an uncertain future

Practical steps to consider in readiness for Brexit – whatever the outcome! No-one really knows what is going to happen with Brexit, deal or no deal? Extension or no extension? Whatever happens you can of course only really influence those things within your control and therefore to help you make a start on planning I […]

Enforcement action when a business fails to comply with a Subject Access Request

GDPR & Data Protection Rights In the latest episode of the podcast I covered the basics of what an employer needs to consider when dealing with Subject Access Request from employees under Data Protection legislation. Coincidentally in the latest newsletter update from the Information Commissioners Office (ico) details have been provided of a recent enforcement […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 10

Training & Development When you think of training and development it is easy to think of sending staff on expensive courses or obtaining expensive and time-consuming qualifications. Whilst this is one way of investing in training and development for staff, there are other simpler ways that you can do so. Some no cost/low cost ideas: […]

Is there a legal maximum temperature at work?

As temperatures continue to soar, many employees are struggling to keep their cool at work. So, when is it too hot to work? The Law Unfortunately, there is not one, clear rule for when the temperatures rise, and the law is generally unhelpful for all those suffering in the heat. An employer is expected to prevent the […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 9

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PR and Marketing In order to attract the best staff and ensure that you are seen as one of the best employers in your industry or area you need to ensure that you shout about your successes, what are you good at and why you are the best in your industry. In much the same […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 8

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Take action No-one wants to work for a business that says it will do something and then doesn’t. This is not just about employee relations and issues that affect the staff, but about business progression. We have all heard stories about businesses that entice great candidates to work for them with the promise of great […]

The employment of children: Guidance for employers

The Isle of Wight Council have recently reminded employers of child employment legislation, designed to protect children’s rights in the workplace. With the summer holidays looming, parents may be looking forward to their children taking their first steps into the adult world of work by getting their first summer job, and perhaps, finally being able to […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 6

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Consistency and fairness  We all know what it feels like to think that you have been treated differently or unfairly to someone else, and there is nothing more likely to irritate your staff than the perception that they are being treated to their detriment in comparison to colleagues. Consistency in how you treat staff will prevent problems […]

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?

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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

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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

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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 […]

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