What to expect in 2022 and beyond

February 23, 2022

As normality slowly starts to creep back, let’s take a look at some employment law changes that will be coming our way during the course of 2022 and 2023. Aspects of the long-awaited Employment Bill continue to be consulted on in Parliament, some of which originated from the Good Work Plan, this includes but is…

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Additional Bank Holiday – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

November 24, 2021

The UK will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch with an extended weekend of celebrations in 2022. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Changes…

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COVID-19 & the workplace – what can my business do?

August 31, 2021

Whilst we slowly try to return to normality, the pandemic continues to provide its challenges. Business owners and managers need to remain ‘on-guard’ to keep the workplace safe, productive and harmonious. So, what are the biggest remaining challenges for SMEs? 1. Safety  Even as infection rates continue to decrease, the virus is still out there,…

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Workplace equality: supporting LGBTQ+ employees at work

July 19, 2021

Ensuring your business is inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees is not only the right thing to do but it makes a great deal of business sense too. Having a diverse workforce attracts top talent and helps to create an environment where everyone is comfortable regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  Although businesses have made…

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Fire and rehire – what does it mean?

June 25, 2021

British Gas is just one of a number of high-profile companies who have come under fire recently after 500 engineers who wouldn’t accept new terms and conditions that would have left them with longer hours and lower pay, a practice known as fire and rehire. After the recent spotlight in the media, many expected to…

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Monitoring staff wellbeing when working remotely

June 3, 2021

When the Prime Minister announced lockdown in March 2020 it was hard to imagine a world where remote working would become the norm. Now, according to research by the BBC, almost all of the UK’s 50 largest employers intend to implement permanent flexible working after lockdown, and many other employers are following suit. Although staff…

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Furlough and probation periods: Where do we stand as an employer?

May 12, 2021

When taking on new staff, most employers choose to have probationary periods of three to six months which must be detailed in employment contracts by law. Probation periods ensure the opportunity to provide a thorough induction, monitor performance and enable employees to settle into their role. The end of the probation period is usually marked…

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Everything you need to know about making furloughed staff redundant

May 11, 2021

Making staff redundant is never something enjoyable. With the challenges the last year has thrown at businesses with COVID lockdown restrictions and the minefield of furlough the situation can be even more complicated. So, what do you do when you have to make the difficult decision to let staff go and they are on furlough?…

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New employment laws and statutory rates – what they mean for you

March 23, 2021

Employment laws are forever changing and with so much to keep on top of, it is hard to keep up. We’ve highlighted recent changes you need to be aware of as an employer… 1.  Immigration rules Brexit marked the end of freedom of movement, employees from the EU must now apply for advance permission to…

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Answering your COVID vaccine questions

March 23, 2021

With the four-stage roadmap out of lockdown in England now firmly in place, our focus has turned to getting employees back to their workplace as safely as possible. A key factor in keeping everyone safe is the COVID vaccine, and as the next phase of the rollout begins it is likely that the offering of…

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