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Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

As reported by the CIPD, the Government’s trial period for tribunal fee repayments has now ended, so individuals (employees and workers) and trades unions that have paid a fee can now apply online for reimbursement.

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

January is one of the busiest months for people booking holidays – our TV screens are full of adverts tempting us to do so!  It’s also the time that managers start receiving holiday requests from their staff which can be a challenging time.

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

Posted on 14th December 2017

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

The widely expected increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims was confirmed today (14th December) by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) which announced they had increased by 66%.

De-coding the Dress Code

Posted on 7th February 2017

De-coding the Dress Code

Company dress codes were in the news again last week after two commons committees called for a review of equality legislation.  Many examples of company rules around dress and appearance showed that women were being singled out and potentially sexualised by being asked to wear high heels, revealing clothing or make up. 

Here comes the snow again....

Posted on 8th November 2016

Here comes the snow again....

Once again, UK businesses are set to be disrupted by snow. So how do you manage the inevitable late arrivals, absence and transport delays.

7 Safety Practices You Cannot Ignore - What does your business need to do?

Posted on 3rd November 2016

7 Safety Practices You Cannot Ignore - What does your business need to do?

All employers, regardless of industry or size, have a legal duty to implement Health and Safety Management to ensure their employees remain safe.

When running a small business, there is so much to think about and health and safety responsibilities are often viewed as just another added burden, but ensuring you have a few valuable safety practices in place can avoid costly fines, fees in the future and working days lost. 

English Football Scandal - a reminder of bribery and corruption risks to businesses

Posted on 3rd October 2016

English Football Scandal - a reminder of bribery and corruption risks to businesses

Following Sam Allardyce losing his job last week as England Manager for suggesting he would break the rules of his FA employers for money and now the accusation of EIGHT Premier League managers being accused of receiving “bungs” for player transfers in another huge scandal, this is an important reminder of the business risks posed by bribery and corruption. 

McDonalds experience shows zero hours contracts not all bad

Posted on 21st April 2016

McDonalds experience shows zero hours contracts not all bad

Zero hours contracts have been very much in the news of late, with large employers criticised for their wide scale use.  In January this year it became unlawful to use “exclusion clauses” which banned employees on zero hours contracts from working elsewhere

HR Implications for Flood Affected Businesses

Posted on 30th December 2015

Flood water affecting businesses

As floods once again hit the north of England, business owners will be counting the cost of damage to property, as well as disruption to their business.

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

Posted on 17th February 2015

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

With an estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain using e-cigarettes it is surprising to hear that reportedly over half of UK businesses don’t have a policy on “vaping” in the workplace.  The first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers to review your current smoking at work policy to ensure your rules on e-cigarettes are clearly communicated to your staff.