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Can an accent affect whether you recruit or not?

During an interview you find it challenging to understand the applicant due to a strong accent. Can this be a reason to not appoint them? The Equality Act 2010 defines …

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BREXIT and the Employment Law Consequences

News In what is likely to be the most significant political decision in a generation, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union by a margin of 3.8%. …

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Holiday denied but taking employee takes it anyway

Refusal of Leave You recently issued a refusal of leave request due to business reasons but the employee has now told you that they plan to take the time off …

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Employment Law and Brexit

How can you be ready for a potential Brexit? As the debate hots up over the UK referendum on leaving or staying in the EU, and as we are on …

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How to manage your employee who wants to leave

An employee has told you that they are unhappy in their role and wish to leave your employment as soon as possible. As their heart clearly isn’t in the job …

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Redundancy Pools and Myth versus Fact

Determining the correct composition of the redundancy pool is a step in the right direction to carrying out a fair redundancy exercise. Here we explore Redundancy Pools and Myths versus …

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Managing absence due to travel disruptions

Managing absenteeism caused by travel disruption Regardless of geographical location travel disruption can affect employees’ ability to either get to work on time or indeed to get there at all. …

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How To Improve Performance

Most managers, at some time in their career, have to deal with a poor performer. It can often be frustrating and a thankless task, unless you have the right tools …

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How to Avoid Costly Dismissal Mistakes

Dismissal Mistakes Last year a tribunal in Ireland ordered retail giant IKEA to pay an employee £23,000 in compensation. The employee had been sacked for stealing a milkshake that cost …

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Employee birthdays and national minimum wage pay increases

Happy Birthday? Have a pay increase! The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is paid according to an employee’s age, with the rates reviewed each year and increase normally in line with …

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How a nickname cost employers £63,000

An employment tribunal awarded a male employee over £63,000 following his colleagues calling him “Gramps” for a number of years. Does your work environment allow, or even encourage nicknames to …

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Does poor performance justify redundancy?

For an SME having just one member of staff who isn’t performing and is refusing to alter behaviour despite support, guidance and training, can have a major negative impact on …

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10 Easy Steps To Becoming A More Effective Manager

If you are stepping into your shoes as a manager for the first time, or you are looking to improve your management skills, then the following advice could help you …

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Employers risk breach of holiday rights with contract wording

Some employees are set to suffer a breach of their annual leave rights as a result of the way that Easter bank holidays fall this year and next year. The …

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How to manage time off work to provide Court evidence

If an employee is required to give evidence as a witness in Court it is important to understand how that time off work should be accounted for. There are different …

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Leading by Example – Leadership in the 21st Century

Over the years that I have worked in HR, I’ve taken a number of courses, read a number of books, and have seen and utilised a number of tools that …

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Including new information in disciplinary proceedings

Following a disciplinary hearing, further negative information has come to light about the employee. According to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, can it be taken into account when determining the appropriate …

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Does a driving ban mean dismissal?

An employee asks to see you and tells you that they have been banned from driving after committing a criminal offence. Does a driving ban mean dismissal for them in …

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Monitoring Employee Communications, Where’s The Line?

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK employers would be wrong to see this …

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Employers Will Have To Pay Commission As Part Of Holiday Pay

 The decision was handed down in the long-running case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, which was first brought to tribunal in April 2012. The case involves Mr Lock …

Right to work checks – what are the current UK regulations?

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to ensure that the people they employ have a legal right to work. In order to do this, there are some right …

HR Compliance and what it means for your business

With regulations and legislation changing constantly, ensuring that your business remains compliant has its challenges. The ever-changing world means that sometimes it is hard to keep up to date with …

How to onboard successfully

Victoria Smith writes about the onboarding process and how to get it right. Onboarding is the term that is more recently used for welcoming new employees into a company and …

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