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Holiday Entitlement during Covid 19

While it was confirmed in April that furloughed workers could themselves request to take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained. Here’s some key elements as it currently stands today: An employee can ask an employer to take annual leave during their furlough leave period. Where the annual leave is authorised, an employee’s days […]

New guidance on non-disclosure agreements

Non-disclosure agreements have received quite a bit of negative media attention in recent months, largely thanks to examples of their use in cases of sexual misconduct, most famously in relation to Harvey Weinstein[1].

Did you know that the May Day Bank Holiday has moved for 2020?

Did you know that this year, the May Day public holiday which usually falls on the first Monday in May is being moved back to Friday 8th May, to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of VE day? According to reports, many diaries and calendars had already been printed before the announcement was made, and so […]

Sexual harassment and harassment at work

On 15 January 2020, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) issued new guidance setting out the law and best practice on the prevention of workplace sexual harassment and harassment.

All I want for Christmas… is no HR issues!

So we’ve had the Christmas party, it was all going so well until Santa got drunk and got a bit fruity with his Elf (shhhh code for co-worker). Santa’s boss was there, watched on and did nothing about this, in fact found it quite funny. You may laugh, but it’s all too common a situation. […]

Flexible working – an employer’s worst nightmare or a gift in disguise?

As businesses, we are constantly looking at streamlining, efficiencies and cutting costs but when it comes to flexible working requests they are often met with a feeling of dread. Granted, there are sometimes initial costs with dealing with part-time working and a certain level of administration but it also comes with its perks. A demand […]

Parental leave for working grandparents by 2018

Chancellor George Osborne today announced the Government’s intention to extend shared parental leave to working Grandparents by 2018. Many working parents struggle with childcare costs in the first year of their child’s life. Research suggests that in any given year, around 2 million grandparents give up work to help their children with childcare. According to […]

Does time spent travelling to work amount to working time?

So, does time spent travelling to work amount to working time? The European Court of Justice has held that the time spent by workers travelling between their homes and the first and last customers, where there is no fixed place of work, amounts to ‘working time’ under the Working Time Directive (WTD). This decision will have […]

BEIS Response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

Today the Government published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. Amongst other things, in the Good Work Plan the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) sets out its intention to consult on: guidance on employment status ‘for the first time’ enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday and sick pay introducing a […]

Did National Sickie Day impact your business this week?

Supposedly, today is National Sickie Day , whereby the highest number of people took a day off sick. Let’s face it, no one likes February but it’s a quite annoying when your colleagues go sick just because they don’t feel like it, when quite frankly you don’t feel like work either but you’re not so […]

How is the impact of gender pay gap reporting going to be managed by businesses?

Whatever your opinion on whether all BBC stars are paid too much, the BBC gender pay gap report is a wake up to all businesses! Last week, we woke up to news of male presenters earning significantly more than their female counterparts. These differences were significant and from the outset, appear simply due to gender. […]

Apprenticeship Levy – How it works

What is the Apprenticeship Levy? In layman’s terms, the Apprenticeships Levy is a Government initiative announced in the 2015 Summer Budget. The Government proposed to apply the Levy to large employers across all industries. The initial announcement raised concerns by some employers and asked the question of how big businesses will be hit by this […]

The Stay Interview – is it just a fancy title for a meaningful one to one?

There has been much discussion on HR forums and blogs about the ‘Stay Interview’.  All of these forums/blogs are saying that waiting until the Exit Interview to find out why someone is leaving and what you could have done differently to keep them is like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted and […]