Sickness and Annual Leave

There have been a number of European cases regarding the position on holiday and sick leave and whilst the UK Government have still to encompass it into UK legislation, the fact that the EU have made these decisions means that it is advisable to follow them. In a nutshell they are .........

Accruing Annual Leave Whilst Off Sick

While your employees are off sick they still accrue their annual leave as though they were at work. For the most part it's not an issue as...

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Top Tips on Dealing with Difficult Individuals

No matter what industry or business you work in, no matter what department or function you work for, the chances of you working with or managing a difficult individual at some point in your career are high. These are a few tips to help you deal with difficult characters.

1. Don’t avoid the issue. Avoiding the issue generally leads to a worsening of the situation – the individual may feel that you don’t care about them and may become even more diff...

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Time to prepare for the National Living Wage

With effect from April 2016, workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to receive the National Living Wage (NLW), which is a premium added to the National Minimum Wage (NMW).  In other-words, it will be a “top up” over and above the NMW.

Don’t get confused either, the NLW is different from the Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, which promotes a voluntary minimum hourly rate of pay calculated according to the basic cost of living....

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Zero Hours Contracts

This is a hot topic that was the subject of a great deal of attention at election time.

The outcome of which has been that with effect from 11 January 2016 it is no longer lawful to have an employee on a zero hours contract where that contract includes an exclusivity clause preventing the employee from taking up secondary employment elsewhere. You could, if it is reasonable to do so, prevent an employee from taking up secondary work with a direct competitor where that ...

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Planning a Restructure?

Major change can include mergers, redundancies, re-structuring or new working practices.

Minor change can mean anything from the introduction of new training courses or company policies to new canteen facilities or travel arrangements. Change often alters our routine, challenges our perceptions and makes us reflect on how things are done.

As a manager, often working in close proximity with colleagues, a restructure which may lead to redundancies is an extremely diffic...

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Monitoring Employees Use of the Internet

Is the right to respect for private life and correspondence breached if employers monitor employee's personal communications at work?

No, subject to reasonableness/proportionality, according to the European Court of Human Rights in Barbulescu v Romania. Mr Barbulescu was an engineer who used his business Yahoo Messenger account to send and receive personal messages with his fiancee and his brother, including messages about his health and se...

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Flooding and other disasters – what should employers do?

Footage of rescue boats in the centre of York, and of waters raging along Kirkstall Road in Leeds, are some of the images that have haunted the recent Christmas break.  But when the upset of flooded homes, ruined Christmas presents and temporary soup kitchens have subsided, where does this leave employers?

Can’t get to work?

Flooding, snow and other adverse weather conditions cause headaches for employers.  What happens when employees can’t get i...

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