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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.

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

Posted on 4th February 2015

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

The recent case of Game Retail Limited V Laws was the first of its kind to make its way to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) when an employee was dismissed for his misuse of Twitter after posting a number of offensive tweets.  The following case demonstrates the importance of having an internet and social media policy in place and should be a much needed motivator for those who are yet to enforce one.

6 Steps to Managing the Internet in the Workplace

Posted on 25th May 2013

6 Steps to Managing the Internet in the Workplace

In today’s hi-tech era, the internet and e-mail play an important role in the workplace. There are many benefits, including access to information and the ability to communicate quickly and effectively. However, the technology also needs to be managed carefully to avoid potential risks to productivity and business reputation. The steps below will help you to manage these resources effectively.

Parental Leave increases to 18 weeks

Posted on 7th March 2013

Parental Leave increases to 18 weeks

With effect from this Friday, 8th March, parents will be entitled to 18 weeks parental leave per child. This is an increase from 13 weeks and may be taken up to the child's 5th birthday (or 18th birthday if the child is disabled).