New duty to publish family friendly policies

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In October 2018 it was reported that the government is considering forcing employers to publish their parental leave and pay policies. How likely is this to happen and will you be affected? Transparent policy The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that it’s considering whether there should be a legal duty imposed on employers to openly … Read More

What the current National Living Wage is, what it means, and how it is going to change

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What is it? First thing’s first, let’s clear up the confusion regarding the difference between the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and the ‘real living wage’. The terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a small difference. The National minimum wage is the smallest amount employers legally have to pay to employees over compulsory school age but under … Read More

Warning over 60 days sickness was discriminatory

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The employment appeal Tribunal has held that a disabled employee who received a warning for taking 60 days sickness absence suffered unlawful discrimination. Why? Background facts Mrs O Connor (O) commenced work with DL Insurance services (DL) in June 2005.  O had a customer support role which involved her speaking to customers on the phone. According to the case reports, … Read More

Making wage deductions for the cost of training

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When an employee leaves employment, you might wish to recover the cost of any external training they recently undertook. When are you legally able to recoup training costs and can you do this by making deductions from the employee’s final salary payment? Training Investment If you invest in external training for employees and are worried they may leave you as … Read More

Lets talk about stress

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Latest statistics released by the HSE show that around 595,000 workers were reported to be suffering from work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18, leading to 15.54 million lost working days. This represents over half of all working days lost due to ill health. The main sources of stress, anxiety or depression were identified as workload (44% of cases), … Read More

Counting the cost of injury and ill health

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Latest statistics released by the HSE show that the annual cost of work related injury and new cases of ill health in Britain was £15 billion of this approximately £9.7billion related to new cases of work related ill health. This annual cost has been broadly level since 2009/10. The two most common types of work related ill health were musculoskeletal … Read More

Substance misuse assistance

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Public health England has released a new toolkit to help employers deal with workplace drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse issues. Is it worth a look? In June 2018, Public Health England released a free “Drugs, alcohol and tobacco; toolkit for employers”. Amongst other things, it states that alcohol misuse costs the English economy £7.3 billion each year and an estimated … Read More

Do you need work place banter training?

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It’s been reported that Leicester Police is offering all its employees “workplace banter training”. This is an unusual step, but is it something you should be doing too? In September 2018, it was reported that Leicestershire Police had offered all its staff a training workshop entitled “Banter – balancing wit and wisdom”.  Its aim is to guide delegates “along the … Read More

Employer liable for boss’s private party punch

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The court of appeal has ruled that an employer was vicariously liable for an employee’s injuries after he was punched by his boss at a private party. Does this mean that you’re now accountable for all incidents outside of work? Unexpected socialising In October 2018, an important ruling was handed down in Bellman V Northampton Recruitment Ltd 2018. In 2011, … Read More

It’s official – tribunal claims have doubled!

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In year 1 it was claimed that employment tribunal claims had doubled since the abolition of fees, even though the official figures at the time indicated only a 64% increase. The Government’s latest quarterly tribunal statistics for England and Wales for 1 January to 31 March 2018, show that the number of claims lodged by a single claimant has increased … Read More