Dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) as an employer

In these unprecedented times, the situation is constantly changing.  Employers have a lot to deal with - increasing staff absence, potentially a significant downturn in business (or surge in certain industries) and now, with schools closing, there will be issues with some employees needing assistance...

April 2020 – Changes to Employment Legislation

There are a number of changes taking place in April 2020 to employment legislation.   Some of these arise out of the government’s Good Work Plan which was published in December 2018 and which has been described as the government’s “vision for the future of the...

Tackling sexual harassment at work

Following on from the large number of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, the social media campaign #MeToo has highlighted that sexual harassment is a common occurrence across workplaces.  In addition, many have also said that they don't know any women who haven't been the subject...

The end of tribunal fees… for now.

On 26th July, Unison was finally successful in their case against the government.  The Supreme Court made a ruling that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013 and an employee who wanted to claim unfair dismissal or discrimination had had to...

How much time off for bereavement?

Facebook have recently announced that they will now be offering staff 20 days paid leave for bereavement for an immediate family member and 10 days for an extended family member.  In addition they are offering up to 6 weeks for staff to look after a...

Workers v self-employed?

There have been a number of landmark cases recently in which people working in the so-called "gig" economy have been found to be workers, and therefore have access to various rights.  Typically these are individuals who work for a service organisation, and are paid for...

Use of Social Media at Work

The BBC has published an article about the increase in the number of Council workers that have been suspended for accessing social media and porn sites at work.  Some of it relates to staff spending too much of their working time on non-work activities.  However,...

Courses for Managers on Effective Communication and Mediation

Rachel Downer from Canterbury HR and Tony Hamlin are running a series of CPD courses for managers, starting with two in December: Effective communication for management on Wednesday 2nd December at 9.30am (book here) Mediation for managers on Wednesday 9th December at 9.30am (book here) Effective Communication for...

When is travel time working time…?

As a result of recent case law (the "Tyco" case) some employers may be required to pay their employees to travel to and from work.  This is only the case where: Employees are paid on an hourly rate They have no fixed place of work, and The employer...

Ban on exclusivity for zero hours contracts

From 26th May 2015, it will not be lawful to include or enforce an exclusivity clause for employees on zero hours contracts.  Under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 employees on contracts which do not have a minimum number of paid hours per...

Getting racists fired…

A Tumblr blog called Racists getting fired (and getting racists fired) has claimed another victim in the USA recently, according to the BBC.  Chris Rincon, who used to work at Jet Set car wash in Houston, Texas, was fired after posting an offensive slur against...

Overtime pay during holidays

There has been a landmark case decided by the Employment Appeals Tribunal which suggests that employers should be paying workers their base pay plus overtime while they are on holiday.  Whilst it has been less well publicised, this could also include commission, travel pay and...

Managing Staff

On Friday 17th October we are running another free seminar in conjunction with Start My Biz. The session is focusing on Managing Staff.  This is particularly aimed at businesses who have limited experience of managing employees. The session will cover: Managing performance Managing maternity and absence Dealing with difficult...