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FAQs On Coronavirus – Guidance For Businesses And Their Employees

FAQs on Coronavirus Can I send an employee home who insists they are well but are displaying Coronavirus symptoms? There are two aspects at play here. Firstly, your duty to so far as is reasonably practicable to protect the health and safety of your staff. Secondly, whether you have an express right to require the [...]

FAQs On Coronavirus – Guidance For Businesses And Their Employees2020-03-18T15:05:51+00:00

Coronavirus – What Should I Do As An Employer?

Coronavirus - What Should I Do? According to the latest news reports Coronavirus or COVID-19 is very likely to spread widely in the UK as it has already done so in China, Iran and now Italy. At the time of writing this blog 79 people in Italy had died from the virus and all its [...]

Coronavirus – What Should I Do As An Employer?2020-03-09T11:40:49+00:00

Ethical Veganism

Now a Philosophical Belief Protected by Discrimination Laws An employment tribunal has held that an employee who believed in ethical veganism should be protected against discrimination by ruling that his belief amounted to a philosophical belief protected under the Equality Act 2010. For a philosophical belief to be a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act [...]

Ethical Veganism2020-01-14T11:18:06+00:00

Changes To Employment Law – Is Your Business Ready For 2020?

Brexit or not, in 2020 UK businesses will need to be ready to comply with a raft of important new changes to employment law. These changes will give employees new rights which all employers are required to follow. Let’s look at the key changes to take effect from 6 April 2020 so you can start [...]

Changes To Employment Law – Is Your Business Ready For 2020?2020-03-06T16:34:36+00:00

Zero-hours contracts. In this blog we look at some of the practical considerations and potential pitfalls of using these types of contracts.

A zero-hours contract is a type of contract used by employers under which a worker or employee has no set hours of work. There is no obligation on the employer to guarantee any hours of work and the employee is paid only for the work that is done. The House of Commons Briefing Paper (published [...]

Zero-hours contracts. In this blog we look at some of the practical considerations and potential pitfalls of using these types of contracts.2020-01-14T14:24:12+00:00

To vape or not to vape, that is the question. What is the current law on smoke-free workplaces and how should employers now deal with electronic cigarettes?

On 16 July 2019, a US company called, Ignite launched its UK sales of cannabidiol (or CBD), a legal bi-product of Cannabis, which can be used in electronic cigarettes. With increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes or “vaping” and the expectation that CBD will only increase its popularity, employers are advised to decide sooner rather than [...]

To vape or not to vape, that is the question. What is the current law on smoke-free workplaces and how should employers now deal with electronic cigarettes?2020-01-14T14:24:48+00:00

Stress in the workplace. What are the issues and what should employers do to mitigate them?

With recent press coverage focusing on millennials in the workplace and their inability to cope with the pressures of work, it’s more important than ever for employers to be aware of their legal obligations and how to manage this growing problem. In this short blog we look at the steps that can be taken by [...]

Stress in the workplace. What are the issues and what should employers do to mitigate them?2019-05-31T10:52:15+01:00

The Good Work Plan – A much needed boost for workers’ rights or just another cost for small businesses?

  The government published The Good Work Plan on 17 December 2018, setting out what it described as "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years". The plan, which builds on the government response to the Taylor Review recommendations, outlines a plan to legislate to improve working conditions for those working in the 'gig' economy. The vast [...]

The Good Work Plan – A much needed boost for workers’ rights or just another cost for small businesses?2019-09-22T14:29:51+01:00

Sexual harassment in the workplace – employers should watch this space…..

Following the shocking revelations regarding widespread sexual harassment across the entertainment and film industry in 2017 and the continuing exposure of similar cases by the #MeToo campaign, the Women and Equalities Commission has produced a report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Employers should be alert to the changes which may come into force following [...]

Sexual harassment in the workplace – employers should watch this space…..2019-05-31T10:56:20+01:00

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a “worker”

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a "worker". This decision could have far-reaching implications for many modern businesses, which include a structure based on a collection of self-employed sub-contractors. The emergence of the gig economy and the many opportunities for flexible and casual working arrangements has further muddied the waters on employment status.  An individual’s [...]

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a “worker”2019-07-04T13:04:55+01:00