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  • Prevention of illegal working a: compliance guide for employers


    17 November 2016

    This Inbrief summarises how employers can reduce their exposure to fines and other penalties under the Home Office’s Prevention of Illegal Working regime.

  • Bring your own device


    16 November 2016

    According to a global study in 2011 by the Aberdeen group, 75% of the 415 companies surveyed allow their employees to use their own device e.g. laptops, tablets and smart phones, for business purposes. Similarly, a survey by BT in 2012 of 2,000 IT users and managers in 11 countries found that more than four out of five companies surveyed permit their employees to connect their own device to the corporate network or will do so within the next two years. This trend is commonly referred to as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD).

  • Health and safety in the workplace


    11 November 2016

    With the number of health and safety (“H&S”) prosecutions steadily increasing and significant reforms in sentencing for H&S offences and deaths at work, the need for employers to be aware of their H&S obligations couldn’t be more important.

  • Employee shareholders


    09 November 2016

    With effect from 1 September 2013, the Government has introduced a new tax efficient way for employees to share in the growth of their employers – employee shareholder status.

  • Employment status


    02 November 2016

    Employment status is important because an individual’s legal rights, protections and obligations will depend upon which class he or she falls into.

  • Remuneration code - For banks, building societies and investment firms


    30 October 2016

    The financial services industry has been the focus of wide-ranging reform over the past few years as a result of both UK Government and European initiatives. In January 2014, a package of reforms implementing the fourth set of amendments to the EU Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD4”) took effect.

  • Religion or belief discrimination


    27 October 2016

    The European Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC) prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace in respect of various characteristics including religion, religious belief and philosophical belief. This is implemented through the Equality Act 2010.

  • Bullying and harassment


    19 October 2016

    Dignity at work has become increasingly recognised in recent years as an important issue for employers to address. Taking action to prevent bullying and harassment at work can be crucial in avoiding increased levels of stress and absenteeism, low staff morale, high turnover and decreased productivity.

  • Reducing business costs - alternatives to redundancy


    07 October 2016

    When businesses run into financial difficulties and need to reduce costs, the knee-jerk reaction is often to consider the scope for job cuts.

  • Family rights


    05 October 2016

    Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.

  • Industrial action


    22 September 2016

    Economically turbulent times have seen an increase in trade unions ‘flexing their muscles’ by way of industrial action.

  • Collective redundancies


    21 September 2016

    Most employers are aware of the procedures that have to be followed when making someone redundant (or their job, to be more precise).

  • Dismissals for SOSR


    13 September 2016

    “Some other substantial reason” (“SOSR”) is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee.

  • Working without the default retirement age


    09 September 2016

    When age discrimination legislation was first introduced in 2006, it allowed employers to retire employees compulsorily at or over the default retirement age (“DRA”) of 65 as long as they followed a statutory retirement notification procedure.

  • Managing ill health and disability


    06 September 2016

    The management of ill health and disability raises problems that employers have to grapple with on a daily basis. Minimising the cost and inconvenience of ill health in the workforce, whilst ensuring compliance with legal obligations, requires both a clear understanding of the relevant legal principles and a co-ordinated approach.

  • Social media and the workplace


    26 August 2016

    Businesses are embracing the benefits that social media brings but its recent massive growth in popularity is inevitably creating issues in the workplace as the interface between employees’ work and personal lives becomes blurred.

  • Protecting your business


    18 August 2016

    Protecting your business from competitive threats is vital. Losing a team or a key employee to a competitor can be extremely damaging. You may lose clients, prospects, and other staff. Your valuable confidential information may be put at risk.

  • Smoking at work


    11 August 2016

    Following the introduction of the smoking ban in England in July 2007, it is a criminal offence in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in work vehicles used by more than one person.

  • The Working Time Regulations 1998


    20 July 2016

    The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) implement the European Working Time Directive in the UK.

  • Termination of employment


    06 July 2016

    Terminating employment can create a plethora of unwanted issues for the employer, including claims of wrongful or unfair dismissal.

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