December 2015

A process of redundancy or restructuring is daunting for anyone, especially for managers who have never had to deal with these issues first-hand before. By getting it right, you stand to gain respect and also engage employees who are staying and those who are leaving....

At the beginning of October the Chancellor announced that shared parental leave and pay will be extended to working grandparents. The planned changes will increase flexibility and choice in parental leave arrangements and support working parents with the costs of childcare during the first year of...

If you’ve come across the recent coverage of Sports Direct’s sickness policies and the catastrophic results, this serves as a warning to businesses whose rules in this area err on the side of tyrannical. ‘Called Ambulances Dozens of Times’ This is surely a huge red flag that...

(And You’re Worried They Might Skip Work to Watch It) If any of your employees are prone to the odd ‘sickie’ particularly around major sporting events, what can you do about it? Are you being pressurised to install a screen in your workplace so everyone can...

Last week The European Court of Justice re-wrote the rules on what can be constituted as work, specifically for those whose work has no fixed address and involves travelling to different appointments. As a result, the time spent travelling to first and last appointments should...

It’s the time of year when most of us are returning from lovely summer holidays and going back to work can often be a little bit of a struggle. The combination of getting back into the routine and the weather getting cooler (not that it...

Two recent employment tribunals highlight for employers the importance of having a clear, detailed and unambiguous policy on mobile phone use. 1. Employee Successful in Tribunal In the case of Whitehead v FirstGroup Holdings Ltd an employee of a bus company was reported by a colleague for...

It’s generally with a mixture of happiness and panic that employers greet such news from a member of staff. Resisting the temptation to google ‘Maternity Leave’ within minutes of them revealing their news, your mind propels forward into the potential month you will ‘lose’ them,...