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
The Advocate General (AG) has given his opinion in the Danish case of Kaltoft that we reported last month in which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have been asked to rule on whether Obesity is a Disability.
In short, the AG has essentially said that ‘it probably can’.
He stated that whilst obesity itself is not a disability, that “severe, extreme or morbid obesity, will create limitations,...Read More
Amount of information and Human Rights
The Supreme Court has ruled that blanket disclosure of all criminal convictions and cautions, regardless of how minor or how long ago is a breach of Human Rights Law (Article 8 – right to respect for private life).
The court considered cases* involving a young man who had been forced to disclose youth warnings (the equivalent of an adult caution)...Read More
These days all businesses should check the immigration status of their workers but knowing what checks to carry out can be pretty daunting.
The Home Office have published 2 guides to help employers understand the changes in immigration law which came into effect on 16th May 2014, relating to employing foreign workers.
The checks an employer is expected to carry out are detailed in the guidance...Read More
More than 400 employees of Asda are bringing what has been described as a ‘test case’ for Equal Pay. The predominantly female claimants insist that their jobs as store staff are of equal value to positions in Asda distribution centres which are mainly held by men and which are higher-paid.
It is expected that the case will be heard by the employment tribunal in Manchester within the next two...Read More
We have previously reported a number of the employment law changes coming into force from 6th April 2014 in our updates, which can be seen here; a brief summary of these is included in as a useful reminder:
Employment Law Changes from 6th April 2014
ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme – mandatory pre-claim conciliation, i.e. EVERY claimant wishing to lodge a claim with the Employment...Read More
Since the 29th May 2013 the law changed to introduce new rules for filtering certain minor and old convictions and cautions from disclosure in criminal record checks (previously called CRB checks, now called DBS – as they are administered by the Disclosure and Barring Service).
Amended guidance for employers has now finally been published by the Government which suggests what employers...Read More