• Verbal References
  • References are always a sensitive issue, and need to be treated with care by an employer.   Our advice is that, although there is no legal requirement to do so, that you disclose the content of any reference your write to your employee.  Equally, as a new employer you need to exercise caution when receiving verbal…

  • Support and Guidance for Employers with Transgender Staff
  • The Government Equalities Office has recently published guidance for employers on the recruitment and retention of transgender staff, to enable organisations to develop an inclusive culture for staff. The guidance provides support and advice from both an operational and strategic perspective, and has a number of case studies highlighting the experience and expertise from a…

  • Need help with your gender pay gap reports?
  • The public sector is already required to publish gender pay gap reports, however it is expected that larger private sector and voluntary sector employers with more than 250 employees will be required to publish gender pay gap data in the near future. Although the details regarding what should be published has yet to be determined,…

  • What do you need to know about the Modern Slavery Act 2015?
  • The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force on 29 October 2015 and applies to financial years ending on or after 31 March 2016.  It requires commercial organisations with a total turnover of at least £36 million per year to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. The statement should either:…

  • Guidance on Zero Hours contracts
  • A number of our clients use zero hour contracts as it provides them with the flexibility they require in the workplace.  The advice we provide on the use of zero hour contracts is in line with the recent publication from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (click here).    The guide is helpful for…

  • Do I need to pay my staff when they are on-call and sleeping?
  • One of my  clients recently contacted me about a query their staff had raised about being paid when they were asleep. Recent case law had determined that staff who are on-call over night are only entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for the hours during which they are awake and working.  Whilst this…

  • What is the Fit for Work service?
  • From 8th September 2015, the Government-funded Fit for Work service is fully operationally. The service provides occupational health assessments on referral from the employee’s GP or employer, where an employee is absent from work for at least four weeks. The service also provides advice for employers, employees and GPs on matters relating to health and…

  • National Minimum Wage update
  •   A reminder on the increases to the National Minimum Wage from 1st October 2015: · Aged 21 and over from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour · Aged 18 to 20 from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour · Aged 16 to 17 from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour · Apprentices under 19, or over 19…

  • Shared Parental Leave
  • The new Shared Parental Leave arrangements come into force on 5th April 2015.  These apply to those who both meet the eligibility requirements and when their child is due to be born or adopted on or after 5th April 2015. The new arrangements allow a mother to transfer part of her maternity leave to her…

  • ACAS guidance on shared parental leave
  • Acas have recently published guidance on new the provisions around the shared parental leave.  You can find it here.