What you need to know about probationary periods

It’s quite common for an employee’s contract to include a probationary period to give the employer time to assess their suitability and capability for the role. The aim of a probationary period is to give new starters every possible opportunity to succeed through training and regular structured reviews. At the same time, if for any […]

Supporting mental health on a return to the workplace

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 13 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 […]

Supporting employees during Ramadan

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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 […]

Homeworking | 5 ways to support staff from a distance

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 26 March 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 […]

Detached, exhausted and dreading work | Tackling the phenomenon of employee burnout

Ever witnessed a normally enthusiastic, hardworking employee start to become irritable and disengaged? If so, they may be exhibiting signs of burnout – and it’s more common than you might think. Described by the World Health Organisation as an “occupational phenomenon”, burnout refers to a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion caused by prolonged […]

New Employment Bill | What does the new decade have in store for employment law?

The Conservative Party made a number of ambitious employment-related pledges in their election manifesto, but now that they hold a comfortable majority, what “radical” changes can employers expect? In a move more synonymous with Labour ideals, the second Queen’s Speech of 2019 announced the government’s plans for a new Employment Bill which would improve workers’ […]

Good Work Plan latest | Employment Law changes for your 2020 calendar

In 2018, the government produced its Good Work Plan, setting out several proposed changes to employment law intended to improve the rights of employees and workers. As 2020 gains momentum, we provide a rundown of three significant changes that are set to come into force on 6 April, plus a number of other changes planned […]

General Election 2019 | The parties’ proposals for employment law

With just over two weeks to go until one of the most anticipated General Elections in UK history, both parties’ manifestos are undergoing intense scrutiny – but what pledges are on the table for employment law? Before you cast your vote, here are some of the main policies each side are proposing that stand to […]

Can employers make changes to an employee’s contract without their consent?

COVID-19 advice Looking for advice on changing terms and conditions of employment during coronavirus? Download our simple guidance note, plus all the template resources you need to manage the process, from our free Back to Business Hub. Take me to the Hub It’s quite common for employers to amend employees’ terms and conditions of employment […]