Category: Newsletters

Levers for Workplace Productivity

The issue of the UK’s productivity has recently hit the headlines with the release of a report by the Chancellor Fixing Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation. The plan focused on two key areas: encouraging long-term investment and promoting a ‘dynamic economy’. Some of the key points were higher pay, lower welfare society and a… Read more »

The Right to be accompanied at Grievance Meetings

An employee who is invited to attend a grievance meeting has the right, under the Employment Relations Act 1999, section 10, to be accompanied by “a trade union official or a fellow worker.” When inviting an employee to a grievance meeting, the employer should inform them of their statutory right to be accompanied. There are… Read more »

Travel to First Job

Does the time that workers (who are not assigned to a fixed or habitual place of work) spend travelling from home to their first customer, and from the last customer back to their homes, count as ‘working time’ for the purposes of the Working Time Directive? According to the Court of Justice of the European… Read more »

DVLA Licence Changes and Related Driving Matters

Introduction The paper counterpart to the UK driving licence became obsolete from June 2015. The change is reported to be saving the DVLA £5m a year in reduced administrative costs. What will this really mean to employers who need to validate licences for staff that undertake work-related driving? Employers can no longer take a copy… Read more »

Employing Young People

For many employers employing young people seems just a bit tricky because they “do not know much” and there are legal restrictions which make it seems more problematic. In Personnel Today and Learndirect’s research into recruiting young people, almost nine in 10 employers said they felt school leavers were not ready for the world of… Read more »

General Election – Employment Law Results

The return of a Conservative Government without any sort of coalition should produce much more certainty about the future of employment law, over the next five years, than most of us were expecting. Having said that, the Conservative Party manifesto and election pledges do look to be the least ‘exciting’ of the proposals put forward… Read more »

Avoid sitting down on the job – Health Risks to Office Workers!

When I talk health & safety with clients, I invariably comment that people who work in offices are at low risk, which is true when we are talking about safety, but the same cannot be said when we are discussing peoples’ health. Why? There are hidden dangers from having a sedentary job; such as heart… Read more »

Fit for Work Service

The Fit for Work service was launched on 15th December 2014 to offer impartial advice to employers for dealing with long-term sickness absence. The free service will help employees return to work after they have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more. It will be rolled out in phases, over a period of… Read more »

Stress at Work – Legal Liability and Practical Steps

Is an employer liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress, bearing in mind that according to a recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, “almost one in four British adults… experience a diagnosable mental health problem at any given time”? The answer is yes, but the threshold for employers to foresee stress-related illnesses… Read more »

E-cigarettes and Safety

Smoking e-cigarettes may be a safer and healthier option to traditional tobacco cigarettes, but it could be almost as dangerous in terms of it being a fire hazard. Smoking an e-cigarette is more accurately described as ‘vaping’. It is claimed that ‘vaping’ is safer than smoking because of the absence of tobacco and smoke. In… Read more »