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Christmas Party

The Christmas Party: Five ways Employers can keep things jolly

Overindulgence is part of the festive season. That extra mince pie at the market, the glass of red on a cosy dark night in, the endless sweet treats not to mention the mammoth feast on Christmas day itself! It is very easy to get carried away with it all. Yet there is one place where […]

Post-termination restrictions - Your complete HR guide

Your guide to drafting post termination restrictions

Post-termination restrictions are often written into employees’ contracts of employment to prevent them from trying to poach your customers and staff when they leave. It’s often said that it’s hard to enforce restrictive covenants but this is not the case as long as they’re well drafted. Why are Restrictive Covenants used? Restrictive covenants are normally […]

Recap of 2017

Recap of 2017

In 2017 we saw a number of proposed changes to legislation and tribunal cases which will impact the workforce going forward as we enter 2018. Here we recap over these important points and consider the impact they are likely to have on employment and the wider workforce. Getting ready for the GDPR: As 2017 has drawn […]

GDPR for employers

GDPR for employers: Your essential FAQs answered

There are now just over eight months until the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It’s becoming increasingly important for companies to ensure their HR practices are compliant with the new rules. Following our previous introductory blog post on the topic of GDPR, we’ve received a number of frequently […]

dress code at work policy

Can your dress code at work policy ban religious, political or philosophical symbols?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled that in the case of Samira Achbita versus G4S it was not discriminatory to dismiss Achbita as a result of her wearing headscarves at work. In this article we consider what the ECJ said and how it may affect your dress code at work policy. How did […]

compassionate leave

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 and employment

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, […]

employment rights

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 […]

Tackling poor employee timekeeping

We have all, at some point, been late for work. There will always be occasions where something happens, out of our control, which prevents us from arriving to work on time. However, when an employee is regularly late for work, at best, this can be frustrating but, at worst it can have a detrimental impact […]

The first tribunal decision on shared parental leave

Shared parental leave and pay was introduced to help parents have more flexibility in how they care for their child in his/her first year. It was introduced to enable the mother and her partner to share the leave and pay so long as the partner meets certain eligibility requirements. More information on shared parental leave […]