How to fairly select employees for redundancy

Earlier this month, EasyJet made headlines for allegedly using pilots’ sickness records to select for redundancy. The criteria attracted criticism, particularly in the context of the safety-critical role that pilots undertake and the fact that the company has, quite rightly, previously encouraged pilots to report in sick if they are unfit to fly. The airline […]

The end of shielding | Can I ask high-risk employees to return to work?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 12 July 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Symptomatic, shielding or concerned about safety | Who should be at work?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 3 July 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Redundancy | Can you ask employees to INTERVIEW for their role?

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Before making an employee redundant, employers must make a genuine and concerted effort to find them suitable alternative employment within the organisation. But if such a role is available and there is more than one potential candidate in the mix, how should applications be considered? Get your FREE consultation Redundancies are never far from the […]

Redundancy | How to do it properly

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COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on making redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic and other common employment scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub Handling redundancies is usually an extremely daunting task for employers. However, sometimes, it is a necessary business decision. With employers now contemplating their post-COVID-19 […]

Care homes | Where you stand with your staff during COVID-19

This article was originally published in The Carer on 22 April 2020. Whilst many industries have had to cease activity due to lockdown, the care sector is still working around the clock to deliver support and care to service users. Unlike many others, care workers are largely unable to work from home, meaning they are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should employers be concerned by unpaid overtime shaming?

A recent analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that UK workers put in more than £35 billion in unpaid overtime in 2019. On an individual level, this equates to more than 5 million workers doing an additional 7.6 hours’ unpaid overtime each week. Faced with these statistics, the TUC is calling for […]