|Seven Levers for Workplace Productivity|
The Governor of the Bank of England has initiated a timely debate about the alleged failure of the British economy to become more productive with the indictment:
"It has been worse than we had expected and worse than we had expected for the last several years. We have been successively disappointed.”
Published Nov 11, 2015 - 06:20 PM
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|Discriminatory Dismissal of a Christian|
A Christian nursery worker who was sacked after sharing her views on homosexuality and marriage has won a discrimination claim against her former employer. Sarah Mbuyi was dismissed by Newpark Childcare, for gross misconduct after telling a lesbian colleague her gay lifestyle was a sin. She claimed the sacking breached the law on religious freedom. Ms Mbuyi, who had been working for a year with children aged under one, denied harassment and maintained that her colleague, who was angry that she had been barred from marrying her partner in a church, approached her asking about religion and same-sex marriage.
Published Nov 11, 2015 - 06:17 PM
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|Menopause and Work|
In her recent report New vision for older workers, Government age champion, Dr Ros Altmann, suggested that employers needed to address the sensitive issue of menopause awareness, in order to help combat the twin problems of ageism and sexism which face women ‘of a certain age’.
Published Nov 11, 2015 - 06:14 PM
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|Conducting Investigations - An Essential Tool for Managers|
Conducting Investigations - An Essential Tool for ManagersPitfalls & Perils of Poor Investigation
Managers have to be able to investigate a whole range of issues, anything from discipline or grievance cases, accidents at work, through to customer complaints. Getting this wrong can have significance consequences, e.g. financial, staff morale, reputation with customers/clients.
Published Nov 05, 2015 - 09:49 AM
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|Stress at Work – Legal Liability and Practical Steps|
Is an employer liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress, bearing in mind that according to a recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, "almost one in four British adults… experience a diagnosable mental health problem at any given time"?
The answer is yes, but the threshold for employers to foresee stress-related illnesses in the workplace has been judged as a very high one.
Published Oct 15, 2015 - 12:00 AM
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|Avoid sitting down on the job –Health Risks to Office Workers!|
When I talk health & safety with clients, I invariably comment that people who work in offices are at low risk, which is true when we are talking about safety, but the same cannot be said when we are discussing peoples’ health. Why? There are hidden dangers from having a sedentary job; such as heart disease, type II diabetes, cancers and poor mental health; which have all been linked to being inactive at work, even for those that class themselves as fit. Prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism and affect the way the body controls sugar levels, blood pressure and the breakdown of fat.
Published Oct 14, 2015 - 10:10 AM
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|E-cigarettes and Safety|
Smoking e-cigarettes may be a safer and healthier option to traditional tobacco cigarettes, but it could be almost as dangerous in terms of it being a fire hazard. Smoking an e-cigarette is more accurately described as 'vaping'. It is claimed that 'vaping' is safer than smoking because of the absence of tobacco and smoke. In a market worth £90 million, there are approximately 1.3 million users of E-Cigarettes in the UK, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly.
Published Oct 14, 2015 - 09:59 AM
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|Employing Young People|
For many employers employing young people seems just a bit tricky because they “do not know much” and there are legal restrictions which make it seems more problematic. In Personnel Today and Learndirect’s research into recruiting young people, almost nine in 10 employers said they felt school leavers were not ready for the world of work at 16, and 70% had no plans to take a young person on straight from school. We do not share these fears and believe employers should be employing young people. There are legal obligations but they are not unduly onerous to employers who are already taking their obligations to their employees seriously.
Published Oct 14, 2015 - 09:52 AM
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|Redundancy - When to Start Consultation|
Can the obligation to consult over collective redundancies be triggered when an employer makes a provisional decision to close a workplace?
Yes, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), in E Ivor Hughes Educational Foundation v Morris, dismissing a private school's appeal against a protective award of 90 days pay per employee in respect of a failure to consult over the closure of a school.
Published Oct 14, 2015 - 12:00 AM
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|Long Term Sickness & Holiday Carried Forward|
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that employees do not have to demonstrate that they were unable to take holiday due to a medical condition whilst on sick leave for it to be carried over. UK case law had already decided that employees who are off sick are entitled to carry forward holiday. However, there was no ruling on how long the right to carry forward is limited to.
Published Oct 13, 2015 - 10:42 AM
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