Employment and HR

  • A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

    The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. All agency workers are entitled, from the first day of their assignment, to information on any job vacancies and to make use of collective facilities and amenities available to...
  • ACAS issues guidance on social networking

    Whilst the Internet, tweeting, blogging and the like have revolutionised the way we communicate with one another, some estimates report that misuse of social networking tools by employees at work costs the British economy billions of pounds a year and...
  • Age Discrimination - Life After the Abolition of the Default Retirement Age

    Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA), it is no longer permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the ground of retirement unless this can be objectively justified under the Equality Act 2010 . This does not mean that...
  • Compensation limits to increase

      From 1st February 2011 compensation limits will increase as follows: Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will increase to £68,400 from £65,300 Maximum amount of “a week’s pay” will increase to...
  • Compromise Agreements

    As a general rule, ‘out of court settlements’ of employment disputes are not legally binding in that they cannot exclude an employee's right to take the matter concerned to an Employment Tribunal (ET). A formal compromise agreement is one of the...
  • Damages for Wrongful Dismissal

    The Supreme Court has ruled ( Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ) that a consultant surgeon who suffered a loss as a result of findings of personal and professional misconduct made against him in disciplinary proceedings that were...
  • Dealing with Employee Absence

    Employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is advisable to have systems in place to measure and analyse these costs so that you can identify problem areas. Are there patterns of absence? Does a particular department have a below average...
  • Dismissed News of the World Employees Seek Compensation

    Disgruntled News of the World employees who were left both jobless and reputations scarred could have reasonable ground for compensation, Alan Kennedy states. In June 2007 the House of Lords upheld, in principle, the right to award compensation to...
  • Dreaming of a white Christmas

      The bookmakers odds on the dream being a reality are likely to be pretty low now, probably exactly the same as the odds of disruption to your business, as the recent adverse weather conditions has brought organisations around South Yorkshire to a...
  • Drug Policy - Recognising the Signs and What to Do

    Substance abuse amongst staff can affect all areas of employment, whether it be a decrease in productivity, increased absenteeism or the increased likelihood of accidents and injuries. The failure to identify and deal with a problem is an unnecessary risk...
  • Employment Protection Scheme

    The easy and cost effective way to remove the burden of employment legislation from your business. Not a call centre.   With increasingly complex and costly employment legislation directly effecting the profitability of many businesses, it could be...
  • Failing to Prevent Bribery - Are You at Risk?

    The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It created a new offence which can be committed by a commercial organisation if it fails to prevent persons associated with it from committing bribery on its behalf. A business can provide a defence by...
  • False Claims on a CV - What to Do

    According to research by the Risk Advisory Group, more than half of CVs submitted by job applicants contain lies or inaccuracies. These range from gaps in employment history to false claims regarding qualifications and failure to mention fraud committed...
  • Finally... Council Tax Relief for Home Owners

    Local Governement Secretary, Eric Pickles, is expected to announce major reforms to council tax in an effort to help 'middle England.' Currently those who house relatives in an annex face two separate council tax bills, thanks to tax inspectors...
  • Fox hunting views on par with religion?

    A landmark ruling has put fox hunting views on the same legal footing as religion, saying that an animal rights campaigner's opionions amount to philosophical beliefs. Click here for a full report in The Telegraph For help or advice on discrimination or...
  • Get the Christmas Party Right

    It’s that time of year again. Love them or hate them, the invitations to office Christmas parties will be arriving soon if they haven’t already. For employers, parties pose a particular threat. Here are some tips on making sure your...
  • Government halts red tape for small businesses

    In order to try to cut red tape, Vince Cable has announced a three-year moratorium on all new domestic rules for firms with fewer than 10 staff. Alan Kennedy, employment solicitor at Wosskow Brown says "The government's intention here...
  • Health and Safety - Working With Display Screen Equipment

    Many workers spend a large part of their day looking at a computer screen, laptop or touch screen. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 specifically deal with the health and safety issues associated with regularly working with...
  • Informing and Consulting Employees

    The EU Information and Consultation Directive 2002 established minimum requirements for companies with more than 50 employees for consulting and informing them on a wide variety of subjects. The Directive does not apply to those businesses with fewer than 50...
  • Pensions Auto-Enrolment - Basics

      The Pensions Act 2008 introduced a requirement for employers to automatically enrol certain workers into a pension scheme, unless they are already members of a qualifying scheme. Auto-enrolment is being introduced in gradual stages, with the date...
  • Record number of employment claims

    This year will see a record number of employment claims brought against employers according to recent figures published by Her Majesty's Court Service. Staying on top of legislation and resolving grievances effectively is key to staying out of the...
  • Relax Unfair Dismissal for 'Lazy' Workers?

    A leaked Government report suggests we may soon see a relaxation on increasingly stubborn employment legislation. The report calls for unproductive workers to lose their right to unfair dismissal - arguing sacking ‘lazy’ workers would...
  • Settlement Agreements

    Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 , compromise agreements have been renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and new provisions (Section 111A) have been inserted into the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) making...
  • TUPE - Post-Transfer Obligations and Collective Agreements

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Article 3 of the European Acquired Rights Directive, which is transposed into UK law by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE), must be interpreted as...
  • The Corporate Manslaughter Act

    The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 established a new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate culpable homicide in Scotland). An organisation is guilty of the offence if the way in which it manages or organises its...
  • The Equality Act 2010 - A Guide for Employers

    The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of discrimination legislation and other ancillary measures introduced over the last forty years. The core provisions of the Act came into force on 1 October 2010. As well as harmonising existing...
  • The pros and cons of using Facebook at work

    Social networking is here to stay – we all know that. The growth of networks such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and Linked In has been phenomenal, but the headache it is causing to businesses all over the country is even bigger. Should staff be able to...
  • Tougher Sentencing For Youths and Violent Criminals

    Judges and Magistrates have raised concerns against plans on heavier sentencing for re-offending criminals. MPs will vote next week on legislative amendments, penned to impose mandatory sentences. If new legislation passes, offenders convicted twice...
  • What are your rights if your employer is insolvent?

    A company may take a variety of steps to protect itself when it becomes insolvent by virtue of not being able to pay its debts. However, these steps could have a significant impact upon employees. As illustrated in the recent cases of Comet, Jessops and...
  • Workplace Stress - An Employer's Duties

    The 14th edition of the Absence Management survey report, which is produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in conjunction with healthcare provider Simplyhealth, found that in 2013 stress continued to be one of the most common...
  • Wosskow Brown launches new event programme for businesses

    Long established Sheffield Solicitors, Wosskow Brown, launched its new series of business events with a breakfast seminar at Ice Sheffield on 26th January. The event, an update of recent and up-coming changes in employment legislation and regulations was led...
  • Written Statement of Employment Particulars

    A contract of employment may be verbal but all employees, whether part-time or full-time, are entitled by law to be given a written statement setting out the main particulars of their employment, provided their employment lasts for one month or more. All the...

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