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Absenteeism

  • Absence management
  • Attendance

ACAS Code of Practice

  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Dismissal
  • Dismissal procedures
  • Grievances
  • Mediation

Appraisals

  • Management of
  • Procedure

Apprentices

  • Apprenticeship schemes
  • Employment rights

Brexit

  • Brexit
  • Effect on UK legislation

Bribery

  • Miscellanous
  • Prosecutions

Childcare

  • Tax-free childcare
  • Tax position

Consultation

  • Collective agreement
  • Consultation
  • Employee consultation

Contracts

  • Bonuses
  • Breach of contract
  • Confidentiality
  • Continuity
  • Contracts
  • Contract terms
  • Deductions
  • Demotion
  • Employment contracts
  • Employment particulars
  • Fixed-term contracts
  • Garden leave
  • Implied/express duties
  • Implied terms
  • Intellectual property
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobility/relocation
  • Notice periods
  • Pay and conditions
  • Pay in lieu of notice
  • Probation
  • Promotion
  • Resignations
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sunday working
  • Termination
  • Varying contracts
  • Working abroad
  • Written statement
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Zero hours

Court claims

  • Civil claims and appeals
  • Criminal claims and appeals

Data protection

  • Data protection
  • GDPR
  • Information commissioner
  • Miscellaneous
  • Monitoring
  • Processing data
  • Records
  • Subject access request

Disciplinary matters

  • Appeals
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Demotion
  • Disciplinary action
  • Disciplinary and dismissal procedures
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Dismissal
  • Gross misconduct
  • Miscellaneous
  • Right to be accompanied
  • Suspension
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Verbal warnings
  • Written warnings

Discrimination

  • Age discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Caste
  • Detrimental treatment
  • Disability discrimination
  • Discrimination
  • Equal opportunities
  • Equal pay
  • Harassment
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Miscellaneous
  • Philosophical belief
  • Race discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sexual orientation
  • Victimisation

Dismissal

  • Appeal against dismissal
  • Appeals
  • Automatically unfair
  • Compensation
  • Compromise agreements
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Dismissal
  • Dismissal letter
  • Dismissal procedures
  • Fair reasons for dismissal
  • Gross misconduct
  • Length of service
  • Miscellaneous
  • Notice
  • Reasons for dismissal
  • Resignation
  • Settlement agreements
  • Some other substantial reason
  • Termination date
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Warnings
  • Written reasons

Dispute resolution

  • Legal advice
  • Mediation/conciliation
  • Miscellaneous

Employment status

  • Agency workers
  • Casual workers
  • Directors
  • Employment status
  • Length of service
  • Miscellaneous
  • Self-employed
  • Self-employed workers
  • Status
  • Temporary workers
  • Trainee
  • Volunteers
  • Worker

Employment tribunals

  • Costs
  • Reinstatement/re-engagement
  • Settlements
  • Tribunal awards
  • Tribunal fees
  • Tribunal procedure
  • Tribunals

Flexible working

  • Family friendly rights
  • Flexible working
  • Flexible working requests
  • Homeworking
  • Miscellaneous
  • Part-time working

Grievances

  • Grievance meetings
  • Grievance procedures
  • Grievances
  • Miscellaneous
  • Modified grievance procedure
  • Staff grievances

Health and safety

  • Accidents
  • Children and young persons
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Director's liability
  • DSE
  • Employers' liability
  • First aid
  • Food safety
  • Insurance
  • Minimum space requirements
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational health
  • Posters
  • PPE
  • Risk assessment
  • Staff welfare
  • Stress
  • Water safety
  • Working conditions

Insolvency

  • Employee rights
  • Statutory pay

Lay-off and short time working

  • Rights generally

Maternity

  • Additional maternity leave
  • Ante-natal
  • Dismissal
  • Maternity
  • Maternity leave
  • Maternity pay
  • Maternity rights
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ordinary maternity leave
  • Sickness absence
  • SMP
  • Statutory maternity pay

Miscellaneous

  • Miscellaneous

Misconduct

  • Disciplinary action
  • Disciplinary warnings
  • Dismissal
  • Dismissal and disciplinary procedures
  • Final warning
  • Gross misconduct
  • Miscellaneous
  • Misconduct
  • Suspension
  • Unfair dismissal

New legislation

  • Bribery Act
  • Dismissal
  • News
  • Proposals

News

  • Absence management
  • Brexit
  • Children
  • Contracts
  • Data protection
  • Dismissal and disciplinary matters
  • Employment tribunals
  • Flexible working
  • Grievances
  • Holidays
  • HR/personnel management
  • Legislation
  • Maternity, paternity, parental rights
  • Minimum wage
  • News
  • Pay and conditions
  • Recruitment
  • Status
  • Working time

Notice

  • Notice to terminate
  • Pay in lieu of notice (PILON)

Part-time working

  • Employment status
  • Flexible working
  • Homeworking
  • Job sharing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Part-timers
  • Part-timers rights
  • Part-time working

Pay and conditions

  • Appraisals
  • Benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Commission
  • Company cars
  • Day rate
  • Deductions
  • Employment particulars
  • Equal pay
  • Expenses
  • Flexible benefits
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overtime
  • Pay
  • Pay and conditions
  • Pay rises
  • Payslips
  • Pensions
  • Promotion
  • Working conditions

Payroll

  • Bank charges
  • Payslips

Performance/capability

  • Appraisal
  • Capability procedure
  • Poor performance
  • Promotion potential

Personnel management

  • Confidentiality
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Debt counselling
  • Employee belongings
  • Employee engagement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Modern slavery
  • Office cleaning
  • Personnel management
  • PR management
  • Reputational damage
  • Social networking
  • Staff motivation

Recruitment

  • Advertising
  • Application forms
  • Apprentices
  • Checks
  • Children and young persons
  • Criminal records
  • CVs
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration checks
  • Immigration controls
  • Induction
  • Interview feedback
  • Job descriptions
  • Miscellaneous
  • New hires
  • Offer letters
  • Older workers
  • Person specifications
  • Pre-employment questionnaires
  • Recruitment
  • References
  • Rejection letters
  • Right to work
  • Selection interviews
  • Without prejudice
  • Work permits

Redundancy

  • Alternative working
  • Consultation
  • Cutting costs
  • Guaranteed pay
  • Last in first out
  • Lay off
  • Maternity leave
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payroll savings
  • Redundancy
  • Redundancy pay
  • Redundancy policy
  • Redundancy selection
  • Selection criteria
  • Short-time working
  • Trial period

Resignations

  • Change of mind
  • Reason for

Retirement

  • Age discrimination
  • Miscellaneous
  • Older workers
  • Retirement
  • Retirement age
  • Retirement appeal
  • Retirement date
  • Retirement policy
  • Retirement procedure

Sickness absence

  • Absence rates
  • Absenteeism
  • Attendance
  • Back to work interviews
  • Dismissal
  • Fit for work scheme
  • Fit notes
  • Medical records
  • Miscellaneous
  • Redundancy
  • Return to work interviews
  • Sickness absence
  • Sick pay
  • SSP
  • Statutory sick pay

Staff handbooks

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Appraisals
  • Behaviour
  • Bullying
  • Company cars
  • Company property
  • Compassionate leave
  • Data protection
  • Dependant's leave
  • Dress codes
  • Driving
  • Drug abuse
  • Electronic communications
  • E-mail policy
  • Equal opportunities
  • Expenses
  • Garden leave
  • Harassment
  • Health and safety
  • Holiday policy
  • Holidays
  • Homeworking
  • Induction
  • Insurance claima
  • Internet usage
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption
  • Medical examinations
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobile phones
  • Mobility policy
  • Moonlighting
  • Office romances
  • Relocation policy
  • Retirement
  • Right to search
  • Sabbaticals
  • Smoking
  • Social media
  • Staff handbooks
  • Stress at work
  • Sunday working
  • Training
  • Uniforms
  • Working abroad

Staff motivation

  • Motivation
  • Personnel management

Statutory rates

  • Annual rates
  • Compensation rates

Tax/NI

  • Benefits
  • Employment allowance
  • Miscellaneous
  • NICs
  • NI numbers
  • PAYE
  • Payroll
  • Tax deductions
  • Tax/NI
  • Termination payments

Termination of employment

  • Notice of

Time off

  • Compassionate leave
  • Dependant's leave
  • Jury service
  • Medical appointments
  • Miscellaneous
  • Public duties
  • Time off work
  • Union duties

Trade unions

  • Ballots
  • Central arbitration committee
  • Collective agreements
  • Collective bargaining
  • Industrial action
  • Miscellaneous
  • Recognition
  • Trade union membership
  • Trade unions

Training

  • Accredited training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Funding
  • Miscellaneous
  • Time off for training
  • Training
  • Training costs

TUPE

  • Business transfers
  • Miscellaneous
  • TUPE transfers

Whistleblowing

  • Whistleblowing

Work and parents

  • Adoption rights
  • Childcare
  • Dependant's leave
  • Domestic emergencies
  • Family emergencies
  • Family friendly rights
  • Flexible working
  • Homeworking
  • Job sharing
  • Maternity rights
  • Miscellaneous
  • Parental leave
  • Paternity rights

Working time

  • 48 hour week
  • Annual leave
  • Bank holidays
  • Children and young workers
  • Compensatory rest
  • Holidays
  • Miscellaneous
  • Night working
  • Opt-out
  • Rest periods
  • Status
  • Working hours
  • Working time
  • Working time directive
  • Working time regulations

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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 22 - issue 2 - 16.01.2020

HOLIDAYS

Holiday pay calculation changes

On 6 April 2020 an important change will be made to the holiday pay reference period which is used to calculate holiday pay entitlement for employees and workers. What do you need to know?

SOCIAL MEDIA

Posting work-related information online

Many employees mention their profession, job title or role when posting on social media, blogs and knowledge-sharing websites. Can you prohibit them from mentioning work-related information?

RECRUITMENT

Recruitment: can you demand fluent English?

With Brexit looming, questions are being asked about how it will affect recruitment practices. One is whether employers will be able to insist that all job applicants must speak fluent English. What’s the answer?

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

Resignations during disciplinary proceedings

An employee who was the subject of disciplinary proceedings has resigned with immediate effect. What should you do with the paperwork which has accumulated during the process?

WORK AND PARENTS

Changing maternity and paternity leave dates

Every year, thousands of employees notify their employers that they will be taking maternity or paternity leave. Once they’ve notified you of their intention to take such leave, can the employee change the start date?

SMOKING

Caught smoking but no smoking policy

An employee has been seen smoking where they shouldn’t be and you know this situation needs to be tackled. Unfortunately, you don’t have a no smoking policy. Does that mean you have to let the matter go unchecked?

DRESS CODES

“No beards” policy deemed discriminatory

The tribunal has ruled that an agency worker who was refused work assignments because he wouldn’t shave his beard was discriminated against. Why was the employer’s no beards policy problematic?

STRESS

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