Holidays & Annual Leave | Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can annual leave be cancelled? There may be situations where you need to cancel an employee’s annual leave that has already been approved, such as a deadline being brought forward or an important meeting being scheduled during the time off. In these situations, you must give the employee the same length of notice as […]

Can I refuse or cancel an employee’s holiday?

COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on refusing or cancelling employees’ holidays due to the coronavirus pandemic and other common scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub There are some myths about annual leave that seem to linger no matter how untrue they are. Some of the most […]

Fake news? | 5 common health and safety myths busted

Ever heard that health and safety law bans sandals in the office? Or that Christmas lights are no longer allowed in the workplace? Well, as Donald Trump would say, it’s fake news. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is often misquoted by the media to give the impression that workers can’t do […]

Avoiding safety slip-ups at the work Christmas party


It’s that time of year again, when workplaces everywhere gather their staff together to enjoy the festivities and celebrate hard work. While party season is in full swing, mention of health is somewhat of a mood killer. However, while your focus will be on fun and team-building, it’s important to remember that the Christmas party […]

Secret Santa | 3 ways to keep gift-giving fun, without unwrapping HR issues

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Love it or hate it, Secret Santa is something many workplaces participate in in the lead up to Christmas, as an opportunity for team bonding and a little lighthearted relief. But for employers and HR professionals, the thought of trusting employees to strike the right balance between fun and thoughtful and just straight-up inappropriate can […]

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

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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 […]

Staffing shortages in hospitality | 4 ways to meet demand over the festive period

With estimates from the Office of National Statistics suggesting that Immigration to the UK from the EU is at its lowest level since 2013, hospitality businesses are bracing themselves for the very real possibility of staffing shortages over their busiest period. Get your FREE consultation While the future remains uncertain, according to one study, under […]