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How to Have That Difficult Conversation - Managing Redundancy

20/04/2016 - 12:04

Despite the UK economy enjoying a more buoyant economy over the last few years as we have clawed our way out of a global recession, it is the harsh reality of everyday business life that there are still times when we require a significant tightening of the purse strings and have to resort to making staff...

Alcohol and Drug Use in the Workplace

20/04/2016 - 12:04

The use of drugs or alcohol by employees in the workplace can be a serious issue for your business. Whilst for most people the social use of alcohol and drugs does not have a negative impact on their personal or work life, research has shown that many employers have experienced problems in the workplace...

First Aid and Resuscitation Guidelines

19/04/2016 - 11:04

As an employer, you must provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. Whilst you may already have an appointed first aider, are you aware of the latest changes governing the...

The New Living Wage Introduced

01/04/2016 - 13:04

Today marks the day that over 100,000 workers in our region will see a significant pay rise as the Minimum Wage becomes the Living Wage. Until today, the legal minimum hourly pay rate has been £6.70. Now, this figure has increased to £7.20 per hour for those over 25 – with the hope...

Poundstretcher Owner To Face Jury Following Health and Safety Breaches

02/03/2016 - 16:03

The owner of the discount retailer Poundstretcher, is to face trial by judge and jury, following a catalogue of health and safety failures. Abdul Aziz Tayub, one of two brothers who own the chain of discount shops, pleaded not guilty to ten charges when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court earlier this...

New Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines

02/03/2016 - 15:03

New sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences came into force from the beginning of February 2016. They are intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations. However, unintended consequences of the way punishments are now calculated mean that courts will hand...

Accrual of holiday whilst absent due to ill health

02/03/2016 - 13:03

The Working Time Directive provides for workers to have 5.6 weeks of paid holiday per year which for most workers who work on a full time basis is the same as 20 days plus the eight bank holidays.  Employers are entitled to provide their workers with a greater contractual entitlement to annual leave...

Employment Law Update 2016

26/02/2016 - 15:02

With the new financial year, the raft of new employment legislation set out by the government over the last 12 months finally comes into effect. Whilst this year’s updates cover a broad range of matters that won’t be relevant to all of us, you do have a legal obligation to make sure that...

HSE Prosecute for failure to report Accident at Work

23/02/2016 - 12:02

A recent prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive shows that it’s not just the incident itself that can lead to a prosecution, but also how the reporting of the incident is handled. The Magistrates Court heard how an employee of a sash restoration company fell through an unprotected...

Managing Absence

11/02/2016 - 11:02

Employee absence is a significant cost to businesses. Effective absence management involves finding a balance between providing support to help employees with health problems stay in and return to work, and taking consistent and firm action against employees who try to take advantage of organisations’...

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