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 […]

EMPLOYMENT LAW | Shake up Announced

What is garden leave?

Brexit may be dominating MPs time but the government has also been hard at work producing its Good Work Plan. This plan sets out its commitment to introducing a variety of legislative and policy changes affecting employers.  Background In July 2017, the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published. This government-commissioned review looked at […]

2018 | HR and Employment Law Changes

It’s been a busy 2018 for Employment Law and HR changes. Ellis Whittam takes a closer look at some of the most significant events that have occurred throughout 2018: Government response to Taylor Review In the last few years, there have been growing concerns about modern working practices, in particular employment status, zero hours contracts, […]

EMPLOYER’S GUIDE | Contracts of Employment

fixed term employment contract

In order to save some money, employers may be tempted to download a free contract of employment or attempt to draft one themselves by copying and pasting from contracts they find online.  This rarely needs well. By cutting the corners, you are exposing yourself to significant risk. In your contracts, you may be making important […]

Guide | Key things to know when hiring students

hiring students

Thousands of students up and down the country will be finishing off their exams and waiting anxiously for their results to see if they got that desired spot at university.  To earn some extra cash, some will need to work alongside their studies and this provides employers with some great opportunities. Hiring students can provide […]

‘Continuous employment’ – key things to know

Continuous employment or continuity of service is a concept that all employers need to understand. But what is continuous employment exactly? What is continuous employment? By continuous service employment, we mean the length of time an employee has worked for their employer without a break. It may be that the employee has worked for one […]

Crackdown on zero hours contracts for domiciliary care workers

zero hour contracts

April has brought about some changes for employers in Wales in relation to domiciliary workers. Perhaps the most significant change is that providers are now required to provide domiciliary care workers a choice of contract following a three month period of employment. Social care minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, commented ‘There is a very clear link between […]

Government responds to Taylor Review

Plans to strengthen employment law rights have been announced. The government has responded to the Taylor Review published last summer, which took a closer look at modern working practices and the effects of new forms of work on workers’ rights and employers’ obligations. In its ‘Good Work Plan’, the government has accepted some of the […]

What rights do individuals on zero hour contracts have?

Do those on zero hours contracts have any employment law rights and protections? The answer is yes! Are they entitled to maternity leave? Do they have to be paid the National Minimum Wage? Do they need to receive redundancy pay? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is not straightforward as an individual’s rights depend on […]

How do zero hours contracts work?

Employers and managers may have heard a lot about zero hours contracts. After all, their use by employers has been debated by MPs and splattered across the front page of newspapers. Love them or loathe them, they do occupy a place in the British workforce. The Labour Force Survey, which covers October to December 2016, […]