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School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

Posted on 12th July 2018

Freelance teacher Paula Bradley (no relation) worked for the London School of English.  The school required all employees to be at work 15 minutes before class start time, which was typically 9.00am.  Ms Bradley was unable to make the 8.45am start time because she had to take her own child to school.

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Posted on 25th June 2018

That capricious thing the British Summer looks set to shine on us and send temperatures soaring in the coming days.  We often hear it said that there’s no better place to live and work than the UK when the weather is nice.  But, that doesn’t stop many of us asking – is it too hot for work? Or, Can we knock off early?  As a business owner, you may have the answers because you can decide how to proceed. 

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Posted on 14th June 2018

Would your policies and procedures stand up to scrutiny if a worker turned up incapable due to drink or drugs?

Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

Posted on 29th March 2018

We love the varied nature of our job because every day is different and every situation is unique because it will refer to a particular business.  Even situations that look similar on paper will be different in practice because our guidance will help business owners manage in the way they want to and not in prescriptive, one size fits all manner.

Happy 8th Birthday Pennine Business Partners

Happy 8th Birthday Pennine Business Partners

Posted on 25th February 2018

Happy 8th Birthday Pennine Business Partners!  25th February 2018 marks the 8th birthday of Pennine Business Partners which we think is cause for celebration.

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

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?

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 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

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

Posted on 14th December 2017

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%.

Examiner Business Awards 2017

Examiner Business Awards 2017

Posted on 28th November 2017

The Examiner Business Awards are an annual showcase for business excellence in our region.  They recognise new and established businesses, budding entrepreneurs and exporters.  This year, we were delighted to sponsor the award for Employee of the Year.  That award celebrates people nominated by their peers and employers who continually go above and beyond the call of duty.

Making reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability

Making reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability

Posted on 30th October 2017

People Management (the CIPD's magazine and news website) recently reported the case of a diabetic security guard who left his job after a hypoglycemic attack has won his tribunal claim.  We look at the issues raised and highlight what the employer could have done to avoid the situation arising.