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...

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...

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,...

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...

Free seminar on employing staff

We are running a seminar in association with Start my Biz on Friday 26th September on employing staff.  This will cover the basics of taking on new employees and will include: Contracts of employment Policies and handbooks Health and safety Induction and training Employment law basics The seminar is free for...

Seminar Series at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Downer from Canterbury HR is running a series of seminars with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce: For new employers there is a session on Starting to Hire Staff on 20th June at Maidstone and 3rd September at Ashford. Do you want to know How to Get the...

A new year’s resolution…

It's time to get your ducks in row!  Have you recently reviewed and updated your employment contracts to ensure that they are in line with the latest legislation?  Or perhaps you've been meaning to get your policies written down into a handbook but you haven't...