Mental Health at Work

mental healthMental Health at Work ACAS have recently published new guidance on mental health in the workplace. The guidance covers promoting positive mental health, managing staff experiencing mental ill health, dealing with stress and managing …

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10 Top tips for dealing with underperforming staff

10 Top tips for dealing with underperforming staff Having a fantastic team that works together for a common goal and shares your vision is definitely the key to a successful business.  It’s also pretty difficult to achieve.  One …

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Annual National Minimum Wage Increase

Annual National Minimum Wage Increase The draft The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have been published. The increase is proposed to come into effect on 1 April 2017. The Regulations raise the national living …

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Vexatious Job Applicants – Reassuring Judgement for Employers

Vexatious Job Applicants – Reassuring Judgement for Employers In the recent case of Kratzer R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered a situation whereby Mr Kratzer made a job application for a trainee position …

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Does travel to and from work count as working time?

Does travel to and from work count as working time? The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has provided guidance on what constitutes working time for those workers with no habitual workplace. The ECJ looked at whether, for these types of …

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No Longer Reclaimable – Statutory Sick Pay

No Longer Reclaimable – Statutory Sick Pay The Government is to launch a new Health and Work Service that will offer a helpline and website from April 2015.  This will also provide for free occupational health assessments …

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Zero hours in the news again

Zero hours in the news again The topic of zero hours has been in the news again with three developments.  Firstly, consultation on the topic is currently underway and is due to close on the 13th …

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Constructive Dismissal – Reason for Leaving Test

Constructive Dismissal – Reason for Leaving Test In a constructive unfair dismissal claim, does the breach of contract by the employer have to be the principal reason for the employee’s resignation? No said the EAT in Wright …

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Financial Penalties for Employers – Likely Commencement Date

Financial Penalties for Employers – Likely Commencement Date Section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“the Act”) will be implemented in April 2014 according to Jo Swinson (Minister of Employment Relations).  This section, when in …

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Sickness Absence and Holiday Pay

Sickness Absence and Holiday Pay In the recent EAT case of Sood Enterprises v Healy it was held that additional annual leave cannot be carried forward into the next leave year, unless there is an …

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