Steps that Employers can take now
On 23 June 2016 the UK voted in favour of Brexit, i.e. withdrawal from the EU. Theresa May has replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister, and has appointed David Davis as “Brexit Secretary of State”.
Is it business as usual? For the most part it is, but there are a few things you might be doing to help your organisation to deal with the forthcoming employment issues. We suggest that employers and HR professionals should consider the following:
Published Jul 25, 2016 - 09:11 AM
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|Vaping at Work|
E-cigarettes in the workplace pose difficult questions for UK employers. Should you treat them as if they are cigarettes or have different rules for their use?
Public Health England (PHE), the Government health agency have published new advice for employers on vaping in public places, which, recognises there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Introducing the guidance: Use of E-cigarettes in Public Places and Workplaces. Advice to Inform Evidence-based Policy Making.
Published Jul 25, 2016 - 09:05 AM
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|Immigration Act 2016|
Employers face larger fines and even the prospect of a jail term, as tougher new rules on employing illegal workers were introduced on 12 July. While many are focused on the uncertain and probably distant consequences for employers of the EU referendum vote, a series of immediate measures from the Immigration Act 2016 have come into force. Some of these could have serious consequences for employers if they are not properly understood and adhered to.
Published Jul 25, 2016 - 08:18 AM
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|Accident Investigation and the Wider Implications|
Accident Investigation and the Wider ImplicationsManagers may be required to investigate all sorts of issues, ranging from an employee or customer complaint, a quality issue, through to an accident or near miss. In just about all cases, the chain of events leading up to the incident may not have been planned, but the investigation, with the benefit of hindsight, can invariably identify that it was an incident waiting to happen, i.e. it was foreseeable. Put another way, most incidents happen for a reason, which is usually down to human error, or management failings, but invariably a mixture of both. Indeed, it has been estimated that in the case of accidents, only 5% are events that could not have possibly been predicted.
Published Jul 12, 2016 - 03:08 PM
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|Holiday Pay & Commission|
Holiday Pay and CommissionIn November 2014, in our Newsletter No. 87, we reported on the case of Bear Scotland, which said that overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations, if it is a normal part of an employee's remuneration.
Published Jul 12, 2016 - 03:03 PM
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|Carneiro v Chelsea and Mourinho|
Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro has settled her employment tribunal claim against the club and Jose Mourinho for an undisclosed sum. She left the club after being removed from first-team duties and brought claims for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination. Mourinho had publicly criticised Carneiro after she ran onto the pitch during a stoppage to treat Eden Hazard during a match in August 2015. Mourinho described her actions as “naive”. She left after her role was substantially changed, so she was no longer on the bench during matches.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 03:08 PM
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|Recruiting Seasonal Staff|
Many employers will be looking to recruit people to work during the summer either to cover peaks in demand or holiday cover. A number of employers will also be considering them for a permanent position. So what do you need to know and, how does employing temporary people, compare to employing permanent staff?
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 03:04 PM
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|Legal Highs at Work|
Alcohol and drugs policies don't have to be limited to what is and isn't allowed in the law. Alcohol use, for instance, is an accepted part of social life, and some workplaces allow a degree of social drinking. In any event, most employers now have some sort of alcohol and/or drugs policy which can be used to ensure problems are dealt with effectively, consistently, and promptly. The recent increase in the use of so-called ‘legal highs’ means that these policies need to be revisited, and perhaps updated.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 02:59 PM
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|Employee Absence - in Prison|
A Bakery has been ordered to pay £650 to an employee who failed to turn up for work for months because he was in prison. Joseph Carter won an employment tribunal against Aulds Bakers for unfair dismissal after being jailed for dangerous driving and breach of the peace.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 02:54 PM
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|Right to Work in UK|
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered whether an employer dismissed an employee fairly, in the mistaken belief they no longer had the right to work in the UK. In Nayak v Royal Mail Ltd, the employee started work with the Royal Mail in January 2008 with a work visa which expired in April 2009. This process went on for several years with, Royal Mail trying to establish the claimant’s immigration status, with little cooperation from Mr Nayak. Royal Mail had a policy that, when a visa application outcome was pending, it would carry out employee immigration checks every six months, even though such checks were not legally required. They had warned the employee that his continued failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in his dismissal, which eventually he was.
Published May 17, 2016 - 04:19 PM
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