Monthly Archives: June 2017

When banter means bullying…

The issue of office banter has been raised following a company boss describing a warning he gave to staff that “Labour voters will be made redundant first” as simply being banter leading up to the General Election. For many employers, … Continue reading

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Internships and Work Placements

Legally, ‘work shadowing’ does not need to be paid. However, interns must be paid at least the national minimum wage (NMW) – or the national living wage if they are over 25 – if they meet the legal test of … Continue reading

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Paternity and Parental Leave – Dads are missing out.

The UK lags behind 28 other countries when it comes to the provision of paternity leave, with new fathers reluctant to take up shared parental leave, new research has revealed. New fathers in Sweden are entitled to 80 days more … Continue reading

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Making adjustments for employees with mental health issues. Employers must do more

Just one in four people who have had a mental health problem for more than a year are in work, new analysis has found. In contrast, four out of five non-disabled people are working, as are half of all disabled … Continue reading

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Fail to investigate; fail to win!

An “over-promoted” medical practice manager has won a constructive dismissal case against her former employer after claiming she was bullied by a “brusque and blunt” doctor. Having worked in the practice for 30 years as a receptionist she was promoted … Continue reading

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What’s Causing the Pay Freeze?

Rising inflation, the impending Brexit negotiations and the fallout from the general election are contributing to an unprecedented squeeze on UK pay according to recent statistics. The pay squeeze looks set to be longer and deeper than many originally expected, … Continue reading

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Failing to Follow the ACAS Code Cost the Employer!

Former employees of a bakery business that ceased trading last year have been awarded £40,000 after the company misled them about their job security. Five former staff made claims because they were not informed about the upcoming closure and were … Continue reading

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Brexit and Immigration – what next?

No one has any clear idea of exactly when and how Brexit negotiations might begin and business concerns continue to grow. With many industry sectors across the UK facing a possible post-Brexit staffing crisis, employers are set for an uncertain … Continue reading

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Attracting talent is about more than salary…

Salary isn’t the primary concern of today’s employees, according to a new survey. Instead, respondents overwhelmingly put the condition of their working environment (70%) and career progression (60%) ahead of salary. The results of this survey show that candidates are … Continue reading

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Family feel culture? Not always positive…

While many businesses are proud of having a “family-feel” culture, this can have negative consequences. When relationships are too informal the employer may avoid having difficult conversations fearing that they might rock the boat. This may result in avoiding an … Continue reading

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