Changes to Right to Work Checks

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Right to work

As a result of the pandemic, last year the government made it possible for organisations to conduct right to work changes virtually on a temporary basis. This is now due to end on 31 August 2021. What are right to work checks? To ascertain whether an individual originally from overseas (including the EU) has the right to work in the … Read More

ROADMAPS OUT OF LOCKDOWN – AN UPDATE

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With the latest announcements on changes and easing to restrictions, we provide a summary of these across the UK, and what these mean for your business. England and Scotland Plans have been announced to further ease Covid-19 restrictions in both England and Scotland on 19th July 2021. In Scotland, plans have been outlined to move all areas to protection level … Read More

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

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Stress is a major cause of sickness absence in the workplace and is estimated to cost over £5 billion a year in Great Britain. It affects individuals, their families and colleagues by impacting on their health but it also impacts on employers with costs relating to sickness absence, replacement staff, lost production and increased accidents. To help combat stress and … Read More

PIB RISK MANAGEMENT ENHANCES ADVISORY SERVICE WITH HR CONSULTANT APPOINTMENT

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PIB Risk Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Rhiannon Hammond-Jones as HR Consultant. Rhiannon has 20 years’ experience as an HR Practitioner in the health sector, higher education and most recently as a HR Consultant, adding further strength to the Risk Management team.  Rhiannon will be helping clients manage risks to their businesses, and supporting to develop skills … Read More

COVID-19 AND UNFAIR DISMISSAL CLAIMS

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The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has left employers with many questions such as: Can we ask employees to reveal whether or not they have received the vaccination? What action should we take if an employee refuses the vaccination when it is offered? Can we dismiss an employee who refuses to come into the workplace due to Covid concerns? Unfortunately, there are … Read More

LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

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Court Gavel

Normally when we are considering the law in these articles we are looking at regulations, acts of parliament and prosecutions in the criminal courts. This article considers claims for compensation under civil law. It is a long established principal that where harm is caused by the actions of someone while at work, that person’s employer can be held liable to … Read More

CARING FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF HOMEWORKERS

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Stressed At Home

Recent weeks have seen a sudden surge in the number of people working from home. For many people this will be the first time they have worked from home on a continuous basis. The sudden move to homeworking may mean that it has not been possible to consult with those involved and plan for what can be quite a significant … Read More

TACKLING EMAIL STRESS: A PILOT PROJECT

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Stress

Pressure is a natural part of life and can come from many sources, the right pressure can help motivate people to achieve and perform at their best however too much pressure or the wrong type of pressure can cause an adverse reaction. This is generally what is referred to as stress. Signs of stress in a workplace can include increased … Read More

IS YOUR EMPLOYEE’S HEALTH YOUR BUSINESS?

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Health

It is estimated that around 12.7 million working-age people in the UK have a long-term health condition including around 7.6 million disabled people. In a typical year, around 1.4 million working-age people have at least one sickness absence lasting four weeks or longer, while most people successfully return to work after a period of long-term sickness absence, disabled people are … Read More

Liability For Undisclosed Disabilities?

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If an employee fails to disclose their disability to you, can they later claim that they’ve been directly discriminated against? Mr Mutombo-Mpania (M) applied for a job with Angard (A), a firm which provides casual workers to Royal Mail Group (RMG). M stated that he was not disabled on his application form and didn’t disclose any disability on his health … Read More