Supporting employees during Ramadan

eid al-ahda ramadan

COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on supporting staff through the coronavirus pandemic and other common employment scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub Millions of Muslims across the country are currently observing Ramadan – complicated somewhat this year by the current lockdown measures. Ramadan started on either […]

Health and safety competent person FAQs

health and safety specialist

If you’re an employer, or responsible for health and safety within an organisation, it’s very likely you’ve come across the term ‘competent person’. It’s something you’ll hear a lot in discussion about health and safety, but what exactly does it mean? Do you need one? What skills make a person competent? Who can take on […]

Health and safety on school trips | 2020 guide for schools

Out-of-school activities are important both educationally and in terms of wider personal development. They add to the curriculum, build confidence and increase skills. However, with the threat of HSE involvement should accidents occur, and the need to evidence that health and safety hazards were identified and risk properly managed, schools often shy away from trips […]

Driving for work | Road safety charity calls on employers to take urgent action

Following a plateau in collision figures, a road safety charity has now stressed that urgent action is needed to tackle the number of work-related traffic accidents. IAM RoadSmart are calling on employers and their drivers to “do more” to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured while driving for work. Get your FREE […]

Philosophical belief discrimination? | Employee dismissed over transphobic views

In the era of social justice, issues of gender identity stir up heated debate between those pushing for greater acceptance and those refusing to budge from biological views of sex. As an emotive topic with the potential to cause real offence, when the discussion seeps into the workplace, it can be difficult for employers to […]

Climate change protests: How should employers respond to employees on strike?

A mass workplace walkout is on the cards for 20 September, with millions set to join in the global climate strike. This follows a recent spate of strikes held by students in response to inaction over climate issues. Now, in the UK’s first general strike since 1926, the so-called ‘climate strike generation’, led by teenage […]

Whistleblowing | The law and best practice for employers

For employers, learning of potential wrongdoing being committed within your organisation can be incredibly unnerving. The law gives certain statutory protections to workers who ‘blow the whistle’, which can make employers feel as though their hands are tied. However, there are a number of requirements that workers must satisfy before they qualify for this protection. […]

The dangers of treating maternity-related sickness absence like other illness

When it comes to employment law, it’s typically advised that treating everybody the same is the best way to avoid claims. However, in relation to sickness absence, this notion can actually lead employers down the wrong path and into dangerous territory. In reality, not all sickness absence is equal in the eyes of the law, […]

School fairs | A guide to health and safety requirements

When it comes to school fairs, effective planning and organisation is essential to creating an event that is both safe and enjoyable. And while health and safety shouldn’t be a barrier to holding school events, it’s important to make sure that risks to staff and visitors have been assessed and adequately controlled. Depending on the […]