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Absenteeism

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ACAS Code of Practice

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  • Dismissal
  • Dismissal procedures
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Appraisals

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Apprentices

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Brexit

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Bribery

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Childcare

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Consultation

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Contracts

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Data protection

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Disciplinary matters

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  • Gross misconduct
  • Miscellaneous
  • Right to be accompanied
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Discrimination

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  • Miscellaneous
  • Race discrimination
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  • Sexual orientation
  • Victimisation

Dismissal

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  • Compensation
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  • Gross misconduct
  • Length of service
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  • Notice
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  • Resignation
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  • Warnings
  • Written reasons

Dispute resolution

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  • Miscellaneous

Employment status

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Employment tribunals

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  • Tribunal procedure
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Flexible working

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  • Homeworking
  • Miscellaneous
  • Part-time working

Grievances

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Health and safety

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Insolvency

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Lay-off and short time working

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Maternity

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Miscellaneous

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Misconduct

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Notice

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Payroll

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  • Modern slavery
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  • PR management
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Redundancy

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Resignations

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Retirement

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Sickness absence

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Staff handbooks

  • Alcohol abuse
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  • Behaviour
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  • Company cars
  • Company property
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  • Dress codes
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  • Electronic communications
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  • Equal opportunities
  • Expenses
  • Garden leave
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  • Health and safety
  • Holiday policy
  • Holidays
  • Homeworking
  • Induction
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  • Internet usage
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption
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  • Mobile phones
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  • Social media
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Staff motivation

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Statutory rates

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Tax/NI

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Termination of employment

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Time off

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Trade unions

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Training

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TUPE

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Whistleblowing

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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
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  • Status
  • Working hours
  • Working time
  • Working time directive
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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 21 - issue 20 - 07.11.2019

CRIMINAL RECORDS

Asking about criminal convictions

Research indicates that one in six people in the UK has a criminal record. Is it OK to ask every job applicant if they have any criminal convictions?

alcohol and drugs

The benefits of alcohol-free Christmas parties

It’s been reported that many law firms will be holding alcohol-free Christmas parties this year. If you’re arranging a festive get-together for your employees, should you consider making it an alcohol-free event too?

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Employee dismissed over WhatsApp “Wolfpack”

An employee who started a private WhatsApp group for several colleagues entitled “Wolfpack” has lost his claim for unfair dismissal. What led to his dismissal and what should you tell your employees?

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Transparent flexible and family-friendly policies

Apparently, job applicants want employers to be far more open about their policies on flexible working and family-friendly leave. Should you make your policies publicly available, e.g. by publishing them on your website?

TRAINING

Agreements over training costs

Where you agree to fund a training course, you can protect your financial investment by asking the employee to enter into a training costs agreement. What else should you insist on?

CONTRACTS

What is a workplace “custom and practice”?

The phrase “custom and practice” often crops up in the employment context. But what does it mean and how can you reduce the likelihood of one arising in your workplace and why should you?

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

Conflicting protected characteristics

A doctor who refused to call transgender individuals by the pronoun of their choice because it conflicted with his religious beliefs has lost his claim for discrimination. Why did the tribunal rule in the employer’s favour?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Acas issues menopause guidance

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

Q&A - when to interview witnesses

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