Category: Newsletters

Nudging People towards better Health & Safety

Nudging People towards better Health & Safety Cathy Norton recently learnt about the Nudge Theory which is a modern concept for understanding how people think, make decisions and behave. This, in turn, can be used to help people (i) improve their thinking and decisions; (ii) managing change; and finally (iii) identifying and modifying existing unhelpful… Read more »

Employment Law Update – 2015

Employment Law Update – 2015 New Statutory Figures The annual increase in compensation limits has been announced. The new limits are applicable where the event that gives rise to the award or payment occurs on or after 6th April 2015 and are: • £475.00 – the maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating statutory redundancy… Read more »

Shared Parental Leave Guidance Notes & Forms

Shared Parental Leave Guidance Notes & Forms We have taken the unusual step of drafting detailed Guidance Notes for our clients on Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) and Shared Parental Pay (ShPP), as the new statutory family friendly rights are extremely complex to follow. This means it is likely that both employees and Managers may get… Read more »

Criminal Checks – New Rules

From 1st December 2014, it will be a criminal offence for employers to require employees, or job applicants, to provide details of their criminal records by making an enforced data subject access request. Although this practice is discouraged by the Information Commissioner (ICO), employers have been able to ask employees or job applicants to make… Read more »

Dress Codes & Appearance in the Workplace

ACAS has issued new guidance on dress codes and appearance in the workplace. It sets out the issues for employers to consider, rather than providing answers. Two areas it focuses on are tattoos/body piercings and religious dress. Issues There many reasons why an employer may have a dress code, e.g. workers may be asked to… Read more »

Shared Parental Leave & Pay

Shared Parental Leave & Pay Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) is a new right that will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work, after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could mean that the mother or adopter shares some of the leave with her partner,… Read more »

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – Fortieth Birthday!

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – Fortieth Birthday! The Health and Safety at Work Act, often referred to as either the HSW Act, or HASAWA for short, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health, safety and welfare in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other… Read more »

Employees with the Statutory Right to take time off to attend Antenatal Appointments

Employees with the Statutory Right to take time off to attend Antenatal AppointmentsThe Children and Families Act 2014 gives those employees and agency workers who are in a qualifying relationship” with a pregnant woman the statutory right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments. This new right comes into force on 1 October 2014… Read more »

Violence & Aggression in the Workplace

Violence & Aggression in the Workplace Introduction – The Size of the Problem The Health and Safety Executive released in February 2014 a new set of statistics on violence in the workplace. The good news being that the number of violent incidents at work has in fact declined over the past decade with the incident… Read more »

Flexible Working

The right to request flexible working is currently linked to carer responsibilities, including parents of young children, disabled children and adults in need of care. Many clients will have received requests from employees for flexible working before and will therefore be familiar with the current statutory procedure for handling flexible working requests. Under the new… Read more »