• Confused about the new rights around antenatal appointments?
  • From 1st October 2014 fathers (or partners) whose partner was expecting a baby was given new rights to attend antenatal appointments.   To help employers understand eligibility criteria and other requirements a handy guide has been produced by BIS which you can find here. As always, we are happy to help navigate you through the…

  • Changes to National Minimum Wage
  • On 1st October 2014 the national Minimum Wage will increase – the rates will be as follows: The standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) will rise by 3% to £6.50 an hour (up 19p from £6.31). The youth development rate (for workers aged between 18 and 20) will rise by 2% to…

  • New rights for fathers and partners to attend antenatal appointments
  • From 1st October 2014 fathers and partners were given the right to attend antenatal appointments. This time would be taken as unpaid leave, and includes two antenatal appointment for up to a maximum of 6 1/2 hour for each appointment. As an employer you cannot ask the father / partner for the appointment card or…

  • 10 Examples of Reasonable Adjustments
  • We frequently get calls from managers asking for clarity on what could, or could not, be considered as a reasonable adjustment.   There is no easy answer to this and really needs to be considered on a case by case basis. To help, Personnel Today have published a handy “10 Examples of Reasonable Adjustments” which…

  • New Guidance on Dress Codes
  • We all want our employees to look professional and dress appropriately for work and the industry you work in will dictate what “professional” and “appropriate dress” means.     Dress Codes are bespoke to each organisation and care needs to be taken when drafting or revising them to avoid any claims for both direct and…

  • The importance of consulting staff when making redundancies
  • Once again an Employment Tribunal has made an award against an employer who made a group of employees redundant without following proper procedures.   Although it might appear to be a time consuming task to consult with staff, the failure to do so is costly. As an employer, you should consider the points below if…

  • Handy Bite-sized Guide to Sickness Absence for junior managers
  • NHS Employers has created a pretty-looking, bite-size summary of sickness management aimed at junior managers.  Each section is designed to be read in 30 seconds, where you learn everything you need to know. Whilst this website has been designed for NHS Staff, many of the key points are relevant to all employers.  I recommend that…

  • Changes to Flexible Working legislation
  • Further changes to an employee’s rights to work flexibly came into force on 30th June  2014. Employees can now make a request for flexible working if they have been employed for 26 weeks.  Previously this was limited to parents of children under 17, or 18 if disabled, and certain carers. The basic right to request…

  • Not sure what employee information to disclose under TUPE?
  • Managing any TUPE is difficult as the legislation is complex and confusing.  However, the Information Commissioner has recently published guidance to help clarify on what information can or should be disclosed during TUPE transfers.  You can find this guidance here. If you are thinking of selling your business, or buying a new business and you…

  • Paying Less than the Minimum Wage?
  • The HMRC have a confidential Pay and Work Rights helpline. Any complaints made via this hotline are thoroughly investigated.  If any company is found to have paid their staff less than the minimum wage they are “named & shamed”. Click here to see the most recent list that the HMRC have released of employers less…