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The Kings Coronation

The government has declared Monday 8 May. as an additional bank holiday to commemorate the King’s Coronation. This is the same process as the recent Jubilee and Queen’s funeral extra bank holidays. Does the employer have to give staff a paid day off? Well it all...

Queen’s funeral holiday

Following the sad death of our queen, the government has decided to declare the day of her funeral as a bank holiday. This is the same process as the recent extra Jubilee bank holiday. Does the employer have to give staff a paid day off? Well it all depends on the...

How not to fall foul of the Home Office

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to prevent illegal working. It is mandatory that  employers must check prospective employee’s status to ensure they have the right to work in the UK before they start work. This obligation can be discharged by carrying out...

Too Hot to Work?

I have not written this article but it sums up better than I employer’s responsibilities in the hot weather With temperatures set to soar well over 30°C in parts of the UK this week and beyond, whether employees work from home, in an office or another workplace,...

Important Changes to Fit Note signatories

Most people are aware that it is mandatory to provide employers with a fit note after 7 days sickness absence. These notes normally state whether an employee is fit or more often to return or occasionally may return to work under modified conditions. These are notes...

The Danger of Banter

Most people are aware that employees need 2 completed years of service to bring an unfair dismissal claim at a tribunal. Less well known is that you need no service to bring a discrimination or whistleblowing claim. Discrimination claims are brought as employees...

How to make hybrid working safe and efficient

Now that covid restrictions have effectively ended companies with staff who have been working from home need to review the working relationships they have with their staff. What was acceptable as emergency adhoc arrangements during lockdown now needs to be clarified...

The end of Covid?

The prime minister made a series of announcements on February 21st concerning the way the country continues  deal with covid What is changing? The main changes announced  include the following – From 24 February 2022 – Removal of mandatory self-isolation for positive...

Why you need a staff handbook?

Why you need a handbook. An organisation’s people are its biggest risk and its greatest asset. It is vital that employers make clear the parameters within which employees should work, and one important part of this involves putting down in writing what behaviour is...

What needs to go into an employment contract?

Minimum Requirements for an employment contract I had previously drawn to your attention that employment contracts needed to be reviewed every 3 years - things change. If your staff don’t have a contract or if you just looking to review your documentation set out...

This is important if you have less than 250 employees

SSP Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) makes a return The SSP Rebate Scheme, which reimbursed employers for the sick pay paid to employees due to Covid-19, has been reinstated. The Scheme was created in April 2020 to assist employers with the rising cost of sick pay as employees...

Changes to SSP

Changes to fit note requirements On December 17th the government amended the employee self certification regulations set out below. Employees can now self-certify sickness for up to 28 days (previously 7 days). They only need to attend a GP for a ‘fit note’ if they...