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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Six top tips to help you manage disciplinary and grievance procedures

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Best practice guidance is readily available in the form of ‘Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures’ which sets a benchmark for employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints.

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24 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Reducing net migration: what can we expect?

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Business immigration

The Conservative Party pledged in their 2010 manifesto to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands”, to reach the levels seen in the 1990s. The target was then dismissed as fanciful, and was not achieved. Riding high on the Brexit wave, Prime Minister Theresa May has returned to the populist theme in the 2017 manifesto, asserting that reducing net migration from 273,000 to tens of thousands is “sustainable”. But how?

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16 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

When to performance manage employees – and the cost of leaving it too late

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It’s an all too familiar situation which many employers find themselves in. There’s an employee who hasn’t been performing for some time, they haven’t done anything drastically wrong, but they just aren’t up to scratch. The employer feels too uncomfortable to say anything – perhaps they are a long standing employee, a good friend or a difficult character. Or, the employer simply doesn’t find the time to address the situation and keeps putting it off. This goes on for a while until the employer decides enough is enough and dismisses the employee for poor performance.

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8 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Employment & HR, Opinion

What can we learn from Barclays boss’ hunt for a whistleblower?

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The chief executive of Barclays, Jes Staley, is facing serious action after he sought to uncover the identity of an employee whistleblower last year with the assistance of a US law enforcement agency. In September 2016, the Finance Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed new rules on banks to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of whistleblowers. But Mr Staley claims his actions were an honest mistake and he was trying to protect the employee’s identity…are you convinced?

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18 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Three things to think about before firing an employee

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Dismissing an employee can be a daunting prospect. There are numerous horror stories about aggrieved employees successfully clawing large compensation pay-outs from their ex-employers, with the employer left wondering what they did wrong. Our previous article on disciplinary and grievance will help you know what process to follow in such circumstances. But what if you want to avoid the process altogether? Or, your reason for dismissal isn’t as watertight as you first thought?

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29 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Sick of sick days? Get to grips with absence

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Employee sickness absence is an inevitable reality that all employers face. It can often be disruptive to the business and put undue stress on other employees to pick up additional work.

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19 August 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Employment & HR

Discrimination by association

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Employment law update

A couple of recent discrimination cases have dealt with employees who do not have a “protected characteristic” (age, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or disability). These employees have alleged that they have been discriminated against because of their association with someone who does. This is called associated discrimination.

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6 November 2014 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Overtime and holiday pay

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Overtime and holiday pay

This week, a much awaited Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment was delivered in relation to overtime and holiday pay calculations. The judgment confirms that workers who do regular compulsory overtime should have that overtime included in their holiday pay calculations.

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19 September 2014 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, News

Free legal and tax seminar for technology companies

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Withy King and Oxfordshire accountants Wellers are holding a seminar to help technology businesses identify tax savings, safeguard employee knowledge and protect their intangible assets. The event is aimed at owner-managers, company directors, finance directors and HR directors interested in …

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30 August 2013 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, News

Can custom and practice trump contract?

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Employers tend to assume that discretionary payments are, well, discretionary. What some employers do not realise is that it may be possible for discretionary payments to become implied into an employee’s contract by way of custom and practice. A quick …

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