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Abigail Etchells, senior associate at Stevens & Bolton, looks at how employers can ensure that they are taking the right approach to the recruitment of ex-offenders. The first point to consider is whether you need to take an applicant’s criminal history into account at all. For some roles you have no...
Q: Recent research reveals that people with MS are suffering disturbing levels of workplace mistreatment. So what can and should employers do about it? A: Jennifer Walton, associate at Irwin Mitchell says... Employers have a legal duty to ensure that disabled employees are not discriminated against at work. This includes ensuring that...
Q: How can we manage a conflict between the ACAS Code and our own disciplinary procedure? A: Jayne Harrison, head of employment law at Cleggs Solicitors, says … The ACAS Code is intended to provide practical guidance to employers and employees on how to fairly carry out disciplinary procedures for misconduct or...
Catherine Ridd, associate at employment lawyer Morgan Denton Jones, offers employers some advice on the processes and pitfalls of dealing with staff taking maternity leave. DO: Keep in touch with employees whilst they’re on maternity leave. It’s a good idea for line managers to agree with employees what “reasonable contact” would be...
The issue in August of the Government’s Response and Consultation on simplifying the tax treatment of termination payments provides good reason for looking again at the taxable status of payments to employees for injury to feelings caused by unlawful discrimination. Historically there had long been an unspoken understanding that such...
Do we have to pay overtime in holiday pay? What happens if we carry on paying basic pay only? This question is one which has tested the Courts both in the UK and in Europe over the past few years. The referendum result is unlikely to affect this in the...
Under Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“ERA”), employees must be provided with written particulars of employment within two months of the commencement of their employment.  However, from experience, limiting contracts to what is required under the ERA does not afford employers with as much protection as...
A summer of sporting fun has already kicked off with UEFA Euro 2016 well under-way and the Olympics and Paralympics to follow in August and September. With all these exciting distractions for employees, managing attendance and maintaining productivity is a serious issue employers need to consider. For the football fans...
The case of Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley admitting workers in its Derbyshire warehouse were paid below minimum wage highlights the vital importance of employers adhering to legislation on employees’ pay, says partner at Cleggs Solicitors, Jayne Harrison. HMRC is investigating Sports Direct over the issue of failing to pay...
Q: Is our staff handbook part of the employment contract and if so, do we need the employee’s consent to change it? The issue of staff handbooks - and whether they form part of the employment contract or not - was highlighted by the recent case of Department for Transport (DfT)...