Category Archives: Human Resources Advice

Government Announce Employment Law Reforms

The Good Work Plan: What do you need to know about proposed employment law reform? You may have heard on the news this week about the announced reforms to employment law. Some reporters have heralded the changes as a major overhaul and reported that it will provide additional rights for millions of workers, however if […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of an employee at an unplanned staff party?

Possibly, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious Liability. Vicarious […]

How can you increase your chances of attracting the best job applicants?

Recruiting the right staff is not as easy as you may think! Most of the big decisions we make today begin with an online search whether we’re booking a holiday, buying a house or looking for a date. Each, of these industries have their own specific search engines, which are  used over generic search engines […]

Beware of Ambiguous Resignations

When is a resignation actually an effective resignation? In the recent case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, an employer was found to have unfairly dismissed an employee for refusing to allow an employee to retract an ambiguous resignation letter. The Law For an employer or employee to lawfully terminate a […]

Disability Discrimination and Ill Health Procedures

Was the poor handling of ill-health retirement discrimination? In a recent case decided by the Court of Appeal an employer’s handling of the ill-health retirement process was scrutinised and reviewed when the employee in question alleged disability discrimination. The case is Dunn v Secretary of State for Justice and Anor. The Law In accordance with […]

IOW Business Expo – 2018

  Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2018 We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting, once again, at the next Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo next month at the Lakeside Park Hotel in Wooton. The event is now in it’s fourth year and this year takes place […]

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 […]

Do you have to pay the National Minimum Wage for workers who sleep in?

‘Sleep-in’ carers are not entitled to the minimum wage when sleeping In In a reversal of previous decisions made in so called “sleep-in” cases, the Court of Appeal has held in Royal Mencap Society v Blake [2018] EWCA Civ 1641 that workers who sleep on their employer’s premises whilst on call are not entitled to […]

HR & Employment Law Training

HR & Employment Law Training Day for Managers, HR Managers & Business Owners Cowes, Isle of Wight 28th June 2018 Real Employment Law Advice will be holding two training sessions on the Isle of Wight dedicated to providing managers with the skills they need to better manage their people. There are two sessions to choose […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five ways to retain good staff

 Do you want to reduce staff turnover and retain good staff? The resounding issue that employers and clients I speak to have is that currently they cannot find good quality experienced staff. The pool for experienced, quality candidates with the right skills seems to be very small. Whether this is because employees are not moving […]

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