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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 […]

Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting

The Government consults on the Ethnicity Pay Gap

Last month the government published a consultation regarding whether organisations should report on pay gaps between people from different ethnic backgrounds. We consider how the proposal could impact employers if this came into force. Following the introduction of gender pay gap reporting in April 2017, the government has now published its consultation paper on reporting […]

Coaching

How coaching benefits employees and your organisation

Coaching is the lever that drives ‘step-change’ performance improvement. There isn’t a single top-level sports person or team that doesn’t have a coach, so why isn’t this the case for business professionals? All industries can benefit from coaching in order to improve performance. Where experience and direction play a greater role, generally this is referred […]

National Minimum Wage for Sleep In Care Workers

National Minimum Wage for Sleep In Care Workers

The Court of Appeal has held that a “sleep-in” care worker in residential accommodation was not entitled to be paid the national minimum wage while sleeping. In Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake; Shannon v Rampersad and another t/a Clifton House Residential Home, the Court of Appeal held that a “sleep-in” care worker in residential accommodation […]

Why SMEs should care about Gender Pay Gap

Should smaller organisations care about the Gender Pay Gap?

The results are out, the gender pay gap varies across industry sectors, but three quarters of the companies that participated in gender pay gap reporting pay men more than women. This is as a result of both society-led and organisation-driven reasons. But why should organisations with under 250 employees care? Closing the Gap To close the […]

working under protest

Working under Protest – The Power of Silence

Many people believe that where an employee works without protest after changes to their terms and conditions they have effectively accepted the changes. However the Court of Appeal in Abrahall V Nottingham City Council have ruled otherwise. Often where changes are made to an employment contract, the employer will face resistance. However, in some circumstances the […]

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 […]

Taylor Review

Good Work: The Government’s Response to the Taylor Review

The Taylor review was an independent review of modern working practices giving consideration to different forms of work and the impact on workers rights in addition to the challenges facing the labour market. The government has now published its response to that review which we have detailed in this post to outline the key points […]

GDPR for employers

ICO’s 12 Steps for GDPR Compliance

Does your business store and process personal data?  If so, whether it is data on clients, candidates or staff, the GDPR will be applicable.  GDPR – or the General Data Protection Regulation – comes into force on 25th May 2018, and will be legally binding for everyone in the UK. The GDPR directive looks at […]

Statutory Pay rates

Increasing statutory pay rates

New statutory rates have been published for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2018 in addition to new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. Currently, the weekly rate of statutory maternity pay is £140.98 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure […]