HR nightmares before Christmas | Festive challenges and how to combat them

staff christmas

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but for employers and HR professionals, the lead up to Christmas can be a particularly stressful period. Of course, while you will want to embrace the spirit of the season, there are a number of challenges that crop up every year like clockwork which will […]


bank holiday working

There are a number of commonly-held myths surrounding bank holidays. This can leave employers unsure where they stand and worried that they may be getting it wrong. Often, employers can feel pressured to grant time off, as employees may (wrongly) assume that they’re entitled to not work bank holidays. In reality, it’s not so straightforward. […]

ANNUAL LEAVE | Use or lose it?

annual leave

As we draw a close to the calendar year, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down an important judgment on the right to paid annual leave. The Court decided that a worker should not automatically lose their right to paid annual leave because they did not apply for it. What […]

Does unlimited annual leave make good HR?

With companies like Virgin, Netflix and LinkedIn offering unlimited annual leave, the debate about whether it is a good HR practice rages on.    You may think that employees at companies that offer limitless annual leave are rubbing their hands in glee thinking about all the exotic holidays they can take on full pay.But is […]

Dealing with employees who don’t take holiday

There is a common assumption that employees take their full annual leave entitlement. However, numerous surveys over the years have shown that not all employees take their full holiday allowance. Why? Some are afraid that they will fall behind on their work commitments. Others are working hard to get a promotion and/or pay rise and […]