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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

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Insurance
  • Minimum space requirements
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational health
  • 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
  • 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
  • Debt counselling
  • Employee engagement
  • Miscellaneous
  • 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
  • Miscellaneous
  • NICs
  • PAYE
  • Payroll
  • Tax deductions
  • Tax/NI
  • Termination payments

Termination of employment

  • Notice of

Time off

  • Compassionate leave
  • Dependant's leave
  • Jury service
  • 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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Year 20 - issue 18 - 11.10.2018

CONTRACTS

Should contracts be signed?

An employment contract doesn’t have to be signed by the employee to be valid. Nevertheless, as a High Court ruling shows, it’s prudent to retain a signed copy on file. Why?

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Do you need workplace banter training?

It’s been reported that Leicester Police is offering all its employees “workplace banter training” at a cost of £450 per head. This is an unusual step, but is it something you should be doing too?

REFERENCES

Fake reference costs employee £4,725

An employee has been ordered to pay his employer £4,725 after he provided a fictitious reference, using the name of a Star Wars character. What should you do following this case?

GRIEVANCES

How to handle a lengthy written grievance

All employees have the statutory right to raise a grievance. If one of your employees exercises this right by presenting you with a written complaint that’s several pages long, how should you handle it?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Why disclose your sickness absence costs?

To discourage unnecessary sickness absence in your workplace, you could advise employees how much it costs you each year. Why might this help and how should this information be issued?

HEALTH & SAFETY

Is it safe to let employees do odd jobs?

An employee happily does extra jobs around your workplace, such as changing light bulbs and fixing equipment. Should you let them get on with it or do the risks make it more dangerous?

RECRUITMENT

Trial runs for job vacancies?

Recruiting new staff can be a costly and time-consuming process, especially if a new employee doesn’t perform as expected. For some roles, a potential solution may be to offer a trial as part of your recruitment process. Is this legal?

WORK AND PARENTS

Parental bereavement leave and pay

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Q&A - extra pay when the clocks change

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