Remote redundancy | Is consultation via Zoom, email or phone legal?

Coronavirus has complicated many aspects of the employment relationship, not only introducing new concepts such as furlough but making certain HR processes more difficult due to restrictions on businesses. Get your FREE consultation In the realm of employee relations, some things are better done face to face. Dealing with people directly allows us to read […]

5 HR tips | Supporting staff through redundancy

The UK is now officially in recession for the first time in 11 years, with coronavirus causing the biggest economic slump on record and, with it, company payrolls have plummeted Almost three-quarters of a million people have already lost their jobs since lockdown began. Now, those whose jobs were originally spared by the furlough scheme […]

How to manage employees in post-travel quarantine

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 30 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 […]

Employment Tribunal survey suggests costlier, more complex claims

Employment tribunal compensation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published the findings of its seventh survey into Employment Tribunal applications. The survey, which was conducted in 2018 based on a sample of single claims disposed of (settled or completed) between October 2016 and October 2017, examines the characteristics of claimants and employers involved […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing employees | Are you approaching conflict wrong?

It’s an aspect of the job most would hope to avoid, but when you’re in charge of a team, managing conflict comes with the territory. With a mixture of personalities forced to work in close proximity day in day out, there are bound to be times when individuals don’t see eye to eye. Personality clashes, […]

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’ […]