Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

Shared parental leave – soon to be a family affair?

As employers (and employment lawyers) continue to grapple with the intricacies of the shared parental leave legislation, the Chancellor yesterday announced plans to extend the shared parental leave scheme to working grandparents. Under the new rules, both parents and grandparents will potentially be able to divide the statutory shared parental leave pay between them. This… Read more »

Smoking in the workplace – Managing the side effects

The effect of smoking appears to be a constant issue in the news. On 1 October 2015 further limitations will be placed on smokers when it will become illegal to smoke in a vehicle in the presence of any one under the age of 18. We have considered the potential impact of smoking in the… Read more »

The Rugby World Cup – Are you prepared?

As England get off to a great start to the Rugby World Cup, is your company prepared for a potential increase in the number of ‘sick days’ following or on match days? Have you considered how you may manage several requests for early finishes with the promise of “I’ll make the time up”? We’ve set… Read more »

Employee dismissal & social media issues

Is it unfair to carry out an employee dismissal for making offensive and inappropriate comments on social media, even if that person claims the comments were not true? No, said the Employment Appeals Tribunal In the case of British Waterways Board v Smith. In this case, the British Waterways Board dismissed an employee after they… Read more »

Employment Law advice – not a distress purchase

Often we’ll get told by prospective business clients that they have a happy workforce with no employment law issues and so they don’t need to pay for employment law & HR advice. We understand their logic. But often a reactive approach to employment disputes can be expensive and time consuming. In this article we discuss… Read more »

Summer office dress down day: what could go wrong?

The heat is rising and summer is in the air. As Brits, we like to make the most of the good weather during its rare decision to grace us with its presence. Many of us will hit the beaches and parks, but many others will be stuck in stuffy offices with no air-con. Your staff… Read more »

Employee disputes – six steps to effective management

Employee disputes hit the headlines recently with the BBC’s dismissal of Jeremy Clarkson. While few disputes are as high profile as this there are some important points to note for all employers. In particular, that getting to the bottom of the situation swiftly in order to make the right decision is critical. This critical process… Read more »

Hiring apprentices: get it right from the start

Today marks the start of National Apprentice Week (NAW) – a week designed to celebrate apprenticeships and to encourage more small businesses to take on apprentices. The government has declared that there are now over 1500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries and £1.5bn was invested in apprenticeships by the government in… Read more »

Shared Parental Leave: further addition to family-friendly rights

A future Labour government would double the amount of paid paternity leave available to new fathers from two to four weeks, Ed Miliband has announced. The Labour leader has also pledged to increase statutory paternity pay by more than £120 a week to £260 a week. But what are new fathers currently entitled to? And… Read more »