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11 November 2019 1 Comment Posted in Employment, Opinion

When can an employer rely on ‘private’ WhatsApp messages in the context of disciplining an employee?

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Have you ever become aware that an employee has done something inappropriate on social media? Maybe they posted something which they ought to have thought twice about, or maybe you have discovered an entirely inappropriate online conversation? Determining when it is possible to discipline an employee for their use of social media can be a tricky area.

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29 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Retail & Leisure

The future of the high street

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For decades the high street has been at the heart of our way of life. But in recent years it has been struggling as shopping habits change. Government recognises the importance of our high streets and that is why it has introduced the £1bn Future High Streets Fund.

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2 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Automation could widen gender pay gap

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Automation has been a buzzword for a few years. What is it exactly and why are we talking about the gender pay gap in the same story?

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Is it legal for restaurant owners to make deductions from the salaries of employees when customers leave without paying?

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Under section 13(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 an employer may not make a deduction from an employee’s wages unless:
• It is required or authorised to be made by a statutory provision or a relevant provision in the employee’s contract, which covers things like tax and NI; or
• the employee has previously consented in writing to the deduction.

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Royds Withy King Launches HELP For Businesses

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Law firm Royds Withy King has launched an exciting new legal services product in response to unprecedented demand from HR professionals and business leaders for expert HR and employment law advice at an affordable cost, and with insurance protection against …

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Factsheets

Fixed fee employment services

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Compromise Agreements for Employees

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Relaxed immigration rules for migrant doctors and nurses: a boost to the NHS and care sector?

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Passport

The skills shortage hitting the NHS has triggered a relaxation of some immigration rules for doctors and nurses coming to the UK to work. The changes which will come into effect on 6 July 2018 will also affect migrant doctors and nurses in the private sector. This is welcome news for care providers with nursing care services as there is a significant shortage of nurses in the sector.

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20 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

New regulations in Wales on use of zero hours contracts

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Zero hours contracts

New regulations and statutory guidance which came into force in Wales on 2 April 2018 are set to impact on providers of domiciliary care by introducing new requirements to ensure fair treatment of their workers.

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19 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

How shared parental leave could help reduce the gender pay gap

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Demographic

Gender pay, equality and fairness in the workplace are all hot topics, and a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case – Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali – sought to challenge the pay difference between maternity pay and shared parental pay (for shared parental leave).

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16 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

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workplace wellbeing

With the statistic that 1 in 6 British workers are affected by mental health issues each year and estimated to cost the UK £35 billion annually, what can you do as an employer to actively support and promote workplace wellbeing?

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7 November 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Sexual harassment – stamping out the problem in the workplace

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Sexual harassment at work

Following the recent revelations in the celebrity and political world we have seen more attention on this problem. A BBC Radio 5 survey found that 52% of the participants experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, showing how widespread this issue is.

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