|Shared Parental Leave|
Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) is a new right that will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work, after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could mean that the mother or adopter shares some of the leave with her partner, perhaps returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.
Published Dec 15, 2014 - 07:00 AM
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|Perils of taking personal data to a new job|
Employees who take personal information with them to use in a new job expose themselves to legal action. This could include the employer taking action to enforce confidentiality provisions in the contract of employment, which continue following termination. It could also include exposure to a criminal conviction for breaching the Data Protection Act.
Published Dec 12, 2014 - 10:41 AM
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|The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Fortieth Birthday!|
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Fortieth Birthday!The Health and Safety at Work Act, often referred to as either the HSW Act, or HASAWA for short, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health, safety and welfare in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other enforcing authorities) is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments, including European Health & Safety Directives relevant to the working environment.
Published Dec 08, 2014 - 11:07 AM
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|Employees with the Statutory Right to take time off to attend Antenatal Appointments|
Employees with the Statutory Right to take time off to attend Antenatal AppointmentsThe Children and Families Act 2014 gives those employees and agency workers who are in a "qualifying relationship" with a pregnant woman the statutory right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments. This new right comes into force on 1 October 2014 and applies from day one of employment, i.e. no continuous period of employment is required.
Published Dec 08, 2014 - 11:03 AM
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|Settlement Agreements – The New Era|
Settlement Agreements – The New EraSettlement Agreements and the new accompanying regime have now been around for a year, so what is the current 'state of play'?
Published Nov 11, 2014 - 09:52 AM
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|Workplaces Will Hot Up This Summer – Literally!!|
Workplaces Will Hot Up This Summer – Literally!!According to the Met Office we are already into the summer as of 1st June. True to form as the weather heats up those of us who spend all of our time indoors at work will, in our spare time, be heading out into our gardens or up the coast in an attempt to stop ourselves looking lily white any longer. In contrast those employees that spend large amounts of time working outdoors have the opposite problem of making sure that their skin is not over exposed and they keep well hydrated especially when doing physical work. So what do the experts tell us about this periodic British opportunity of a potentially decent summer?
Published Nov 11, 2014 - 09:47 AM
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|Violence & Aggression in the Workplace|
Violence & Aggression in the WorkplaceIntroduction - The Size of the Problem
The Health and Safety Executive released in February 2014 a new set of statistics on violence in the workplace. The good news being that the number of violent incidents at work has in fact declined over the past decade with the incident rate remaining stable over the last four years. This does not mean that employers should be complacent about the problem.
Published Nov 11, 2014 - 09:39 AM
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Yorkshire cricket captain, Andrew Gale, has been given a two-match ban for verbally abusing Lancashire batsman, Ashwell Prince, in September. He has also agreed to attend ‘anger management’ training.
Published Nov 11, 2014 - 09:28 AM
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|Subcontractor ruled Worker and due Holiday Pay|
Mr. Holden made a claim for holiday pay in the Employment Tribunal even though he was a self-employed general labourer (sub-contract) in the building industry. His case was that he was a worker for the purpose of the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the Employment Rights Act 1996, so was entitled to holiday pay.
Published Nov 10, 2014 - 09:20 AM
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|Holiday Pay Ruling|
Every worker has the statutory right to 5.6 weeks' paid holiday a year, (28 days for full timers, which would normally include Bank Holidays). Sounds straightforward to calculate? Unfortunately, it is proving to be anything but.
Published Nov 07, 2014 - 04:39 PM
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