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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
  • Requirement to sign
  • Resignations
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sunday working
  • Termination
  • Varying contracts
  • Working abroad
  • Written statement
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Zero hours

Coronavirus

  • News

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
  • Competent person
  • 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
  • Coronavirus
  • 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 11 - 21.05.2020

CORONAVIRUS - CONTRACTS

Changing contractual terms

Due to the crisis you need to make cost savings so you’ve tried to reduce an employee’s hours and pay by mutual consent. They’ve refused to negotiate but you still wish to proceed. What are your options?

DISCRIMINATION

£20,000 for employee told to pick up dog poo

An employee who was instructed to pick up dog poo from her employer’s car park and “take the rubbish outside” has been awarded £20,000 by the tribunal. Why did the employee receive this amount?

CORONAVIRUS - FURLOUGH

Can furloughed employees be made redundant?

You might have furloughed members of staff or be planning on doing so. Where an employee has been furloughed can you make them redundant during or after their furlough period?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Converting sickness absence to holiday

An employee who’s been signed off sick for two weeks has several weeks’ paid annual leave outstanding. As you only pay statutory sick pay during sick leave, they’ve asked to convert their sickness absence to holiday. Is this OK?

CORONAVIRUS - HOMEWORKING

Temporary homeworking and suitable workstations

Many of your employees are temporarily working from home due to the coronavirus situation. You’re wondering if you need to carry out a home workstation risk assessment for these homeworkers. Is this necessary?

CORONAVIRUS - RECRUITMENT

How to conduct a virtual interview

Due to the lockdown you need to conduct a recruitment interview online. As this is your first time holding a virtual interview, how can you best prepare for it and what should you ask the candidate to do?

MATERNITY RIGHTS

New hire awarded £23,000 for email sacking

An employee who was sacked by email after she took sickness absence in her first week’s employment has been awarded £23,000 by the tribunal. New hires can’t claim unfair dismissal, so why did she receive such a big award?

CORONAVIRUS - DATA PROTECTION

The ICO’s new coronavirus hub

CORONAVIRUS - BANK HOLIDAYS

Q&A - bank holidays during furlough

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