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Author Archives: Richard Vain

Employment Tribunal Fees Discriminatory and Unlawful

Employment tribunal fees found to be discriminatory Employment tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 in a bid to reduce the number of spurious and weak claims reaching court.  The employment tribunal fees themselves ranged from £390 to £1,200, with discrimination cases costing more because of their complexity. They certainly had an impact on the number […]

Bereavement and compassionate leave: How much is the right amount?

Facebook recently introduced a policy giving employees up to twenty days’ paid compassionate leave in the event of a death in their immediate family. This is just one element of the policy, others include: ten days’ leave for the death of an extended family member; five weeks’ leave to care for a sick relative; and […]

Social media: 3 noteworthy employment law case studies

You only have to look at President Trump’s Twitter postings to understand what a powerful – and thorny – tool social media and employment can be. By its nature, it can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. For employers, this can be worrying as disgruntled employees sometimes take to sites such as Twitter, […]

Queen’s Speech offers employers a ‘heads up’ on legislative changes

The Queen’s Speech and employment The Queen’s Speech summarised the government’s legislative programme for the next two years and in effect provides employers with a ‘heads up’ on proposals that may affect their businesses. These are our key takeaways. Brexit dominates Perhaps unsurprisingly, a major focus of the speech was Brexit. The Queen opened by […]

After the election: Where next for employment rights?

With the General Election behind us (for now) and resulting in a hung parliament, we consider what the outcome could mean for employers and employees in regards to employment rights. The Conservative Party remains in power for the time being as a minority government but we’ll have to wait and see how their manifesto promises […]

Ready, set: GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect on May 25 2018, and by this point companies are expected to be fully compliant. While this may seem like a long time away, most organisations have a lot to do before they are ready for the new legislation. The cost of failing […]

Tips for drafting your employee engagement survey

‘Employee engagement’ is an increasingly used expression in many organisations and yet there is no single definition of what this term actually means.  It generally refers to a win-win working arrangement in which the employer provides the right conditions for employees to feel motivated to actively work towards the organisation’s success. When there is high […]

5 pitfalls to avoid when hiring a new member of staff

Recruiting a new member of staff can be a lengthy and expensive process.  There’s the cost of placing the advert itself, the time it takes to sift through the CVs, interview candidates, draft contractual documentation and obtain references. Since you’ve invested this effort the last thing you want is to fall foul of any potential […]

Managing employee overtime and employees who refuse to work overtime at Christmas

Christmas is an extremely busy time for many employers.  It can be a question of “all hands to the pump” and it’s therefore crucial that you’re able to rely on your employees working extra hours when required.  Often, this means asking employees to work overtime at short notice. But what should you do with employees […]

7 things to look for in a HR information system

As a business grows in size, it typically becomes impractical to manage employee information using paper filing systems or spreadsheets where it’s easy to lose or corrupt the data.  At some point employers may need to consider whether or not to invest in a HR Information System (HRIS). A HR information system is a database […]