Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

A Guide to Changing Terms of Employment

It is highly likely that an employee’s terms and conditions will need to be amended at some point during the course of their employment. The obvious changes could be in relation to a promotion or salary increase. These are likely to be mutual changes that both parties are in agreement with and will therefore be… Read more »

5 Considerations for Employers When Reopening for Business

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As lockdown restrictions ease, employers across the country are reopening for business and bringing their employees back to work. But what are the main aspects that employers should consider prior to doing this and what issues might they face? 1. Planning from an Employment Perspective Welfare meetings should be conducted with staff in order to… Read more »

Can Employees Take a Second Job During Furlough Leave?

Many of the millions of Britons on furlough leave have opted to take a second job. Some are picking fruit and vegetables to support the British harvest, while others have been taking second jobs in supermarkets. But what are the restrictions to taking a second job whilst on furlough leave? Can My Employees Work Elsewhere During… Read more »

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Video Conferencing Etiquette’?

Now more than ever, we are finding ourselves using video conference calling to interact with fellow colleagues, clients and customers. Whether your preferred choice of platform is Google Hangout, Zoom, Star Leaf or Skype, there is video conferencing etiquette you should always follow. Simon Bellard, HR Consultant, outlines some useful points to consider prior to… Read more »

Guidelines for Staff Returning to School

With the re-opening of schools proposed to begin from 1st June, school leaders are likely to be presented with queries from staff who are concerned about returning to school and the possible impact on their health and wellbeing. Below is a useful guide to assist you with responding to any staff concerns. Vulnerable Staff Previously,… Read more »

Can Employees Refuse to Attend Work if Concerned about COVID-19?

Can employees refuse to attend work due to concerns about contracting COVID-19? If the employee  does not have any health conditions that puts them at a higher risk to contracting the virus, and their refusal to attend work fails to conform with Government guidance, then it could be argued that the employee is failing to… Read more »

The Good Work Plan

Most employers will have more pressing matters to deal with at the moment – however it is important that organisations don’t let the implementation of the Government’s Good Work Plan on 6 April 2020 pass them by. The Good Work Plan was labelled as the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years. Below… Read more »

Are Employers Vicariously Liable for the Wrongdoings of Employees?

Should WM Morrison Supermarkets plc be Vicariously Liable? The Supreme Court has ruled that WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, trading as Morrisons, were not vicariously liable for the malicious acts of one of its employees, Mr Andrew Skelton (‘S’), who uploaded Morrisons’ payroll data to the internet. This result will come as a relief to many… Read more »

Employment and HR: A Practical Guide to COVID-19

ACAS has released a guidance note providing advice for employers and employees in relation to the current COVID-19 situation. We provide a summary of the advice below. Good Practice It is advisable for employers to implement, amongst other things they consider suitable, the following: keep all staff updated on actions being taken to reduce risks… Read more »