Most people are familiar with the concept of blowing the whistle. It is also widely understood that should an employee (or worker) tell their employer that there are unsafe or illegal practices taking place within their business, then they are protected from suffering detrimental treatment or being dismissed as a result.
The whistle-blowing culture appears to be on the rise of late in the...Read More
The Modern Slavery Act 2015
The primary purpose of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is to consolidate the existing law in relation to modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking. However, the Act also introduces a new reporting requirement for businesses.
At present this only effects large corporates; in that any business that supplies goods or services with a turnover...Read More
In the age of social media people from all over the world have a Facebook page, detailing information about themselves, displaying personal photos and more often than not providing routine updates on their daily lives. But have you thought about what happens to your Facebook persona when you die?
Facebook Legacy Contact
The popular social media platform has recently...Read More
An essential guide to shared parental leave
I am sure that every man and his child knows about the new Regulations that came into force from December 2014 in relation to Shared Parental Leave (if not, where have you been?). However, do you know how they will work in reality?
Here is a brief guide to the regulations to help you understand who is entitled to take leave, how...Read More
The government’s new Fit for Work Service is being slowly rolled out prior to its planned full implementation by May 2015 (after the government stop compensating employers’ for statutory sick pay (SSP) in April 2015).
You may recall that when it was announced last year it was originally named the ‘Health and Work’ Service.
Quick guide to the new Fit for Work Service (FFW)
What does the...Read More
In the summer (July 2014), we reported that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) were being asked to determine whether obesity should be considered a disability under Equality legislation. It involved the case of a Dutch childminder who claimed he was dismissed due to being overweight (he reportedly weighed 25 stone), and argued that he should have been considered disabled*.
The ECJ has...Read More
Holiday Pay; The State of Play
Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down a landmark decision in relation to holiday pay which means that employers MUST now include EVERYTHING that is “normal remuneration” when calculating payments to employees for the first 4 weeks of statutory holiday pay (which is the 4 weeks guaranteed by the Working Time...Read More
BYOD Guidance (“Bring Your Own Device”)
The Government has issued guidance for employers who have employees using their own electronic devices for work including smart phones and tablets. The guidance includes important risk management considerations relating to data protection that particularly companies whose employees process sensitive client information should read.
ACAS have published guidance for employers on how to deal with those employees who are experiencing bereavement, including best practice advice in relation to compassionate leave. The guidance follows research earlier this year by the National Council for Palliative Care which found that:
87% of people agree that all employers should have a compassionate policy, which includes paid...Read More
In October 2013 the Government announced its intention to reform Apprenticeships, in an effort to drive more employers to use them and encourage the economy. This is being done in phases and with each phase new sectors and employers are getting involved in developing new ‘standards’ for apprenticeships.
The first phase of ‘Trailblazers’, a group of 8 employers,...Read More