How to prevent unconscious bias when recruiting

Whether we realise it or not, our life experiences, upbringing, background and culture all shape our personal outlook and views of other people. In employment, these innate biases can unwittingly influence recruitment decisions. Get your FREE consultation Unconscious bias is a real and insidious issue that affects not only employees and job seekers but employers, […]

Sickness Absence | Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can employer terminate employment for sick absence? While occasional sickness absence is normal, you may have noticed that a particular employee seems to be sick far more than you’d expect of your average person. In these situations, you should refer to your sickness absence policy, which should set benchmarks, known as trigger points, for […]

Emergency arrangements | Planning for fire and other major safety incidents

Employers need to plan for workplace emergencies. Special procedures are required for incidents such as serious injuries, electrocution, flood, chemical spills, explosion and fire. When a sudden crisis occurs, quick and effective action may help to ease the situation and reduce its consequences. To this end, it’s important to note that people are more likely […]

Court rules disability must be established at the time of “discriminatory” acts

Mental health conditions can be debilitating, impacting all aspects of a person’s life, including their ability to work. For employers, dealing with the operational consequences can be difficult, and if the employee’s condition qualifies as a disability, there’s also potential for legal action. In 2019, the average award for disability discrimination was £28,371 – higher […]

Direct discrimination | What employers need to know

It may seem obvious to say that employers can’t discriminate against their staff, but employment law makes a distinction between indirect and direct discrimination – both of which may be unlawful. So what’s the difference? In this article, we take a look at direct discrimination, including the legal definition, some practical examples, and whether or […]

6-STEP GUIDE | How to expertly handle workplace grievances

When an employee raises a grievance against a colleague, it’s in an employer’s best interest to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently. After all, minimising disruption to your workforce is key to achieving your long-term goals and maintaining long-term success. Understanding how to adeptly navigate the grievance procedure is crucial to maintaining positive working relationships, […]

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 […]

Statutory sick pay shake-up | Government considers lowering eligibility threshold

At present, employees must earn the equivalent of 14 hours on minimum wage (£118) to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, this could soon change, as the government is now proposing to lower the eligibility threshold. If agreed upon, this will see statutory sick pay entitlement extended to two million low-paid workers who earn […]