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The menopause and work

15 March 2021
Many employers may have been left asking what can I do? After a study revealed many women hide menopause symptoms at work and will not ask for help. An Opinium survey, commissioned by Vodafone, ...

Is fear forcing employees to work when they should self-isolate

25 January 2021
Job insecurity and financial worries is causing employees to break the law and attend work when they should be self-isolating, according to research. An employee who should be self-isolating s...

Can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine?

18 January 2021
  A question many employees are likely to ask in the coming weeks and months is: can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine? The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been devastating and c...

New Year but the same challenges to overcome in getting back to work

04 January 2021
The start of a new year has understandably been dominated  by talk of coronavirus (Covid-19) and it is expected to continue to impact on employment in 2021. The highly contagious and deadly viru...

Monitoring remote workers in the comfort of their own homes

30 November 2020
Employers have the right to observe employees at work, but they may need to adapt if they wish to do so for those now working from home.We are well aware that CCTV is fitted throughout workplaces, ...

Dealing with bullying at work

23 November 2020
The question as to how employers should deal with bullying in the workplace has made headlines – and it’s a question that cannot be ignored.Bullying is always a highly emotive and difficult issue f...

Unfair disciplinary action because of disability

11 November 2020
Working with a disability and a lack of meaningful support can be difficult and create serious problems for an employee.Jamie, a type 1 diabetic, worked in a pub serving food and drink when he face...

Tackling mental health concerns while working during lockdown

09 November 2020
A lockdown-related mental health crisis is likely to have serious consequences for employers and work will be needed to combat it.It is feared that restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of cor...

Furlough scheme extended

02 November 2020
The timing of the announcement to extend the furlough scheme will have brought some relief too many, but what does it now mean?The scheme was due to end on 31 October and set to be replaced by the ...

Managing the risk and preventing the spread of deadly coronavirus in the workplace

24 August 2020
In the current climate employers are facing many new and difficult challenges and protecting staff from coronavirus (Covid-19) is of paramount importance.Workplaces have to be safe. Employers must ...

In need of a helping hand to ensure a disciplinary hearing is a fair fight

19 August 2020
Combative Jan was no stranger to a fight but she found herself in desperate need of help when she faced an unfair battle to save her job.At a disciplinary hearing the shop worker, who was also a ma...

A need for fairness in the extraordinary times we are living in

17 August 2020
The phrase ‘these are unprecedented times’ has been much used recently but it should not become a convenient excuse to treat employees unfairly.The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has changed many ...

Is there really anything to fear with performance management?

07 July 2020
The mere mention of a performance management meeting can fill any employee with dread.Rightly or wrongly it has long been associated with failure, underperformance and a certain pathway to dismissa...

Coronavirus and absence management

08 June 2020
The deadly impact of coronavirus has undoubtedly changed the way we live and it will inevitably impact on absence management in the future.The current government advice is that anyone who has teste...

Disciplinary action adds insult to injury

03 June 2020
Regardless of who we are or what we do for a living sometimes frustration can get the better of us - and in some cases it can lead to serious trouble.Family support worker Gayle’s irritation at her...

Understanding an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments

06 November 2017
In employment matters the term reasonable is often used, but what exactly is considered reasonable can be open to interpretation and debate.And when it comes to making reasonable adjustments (1)&nb...

Avoid getting hot under the collar when the temperature rises in the workplace

04 July 2017
It’s that time of year when temperatures hopefully start to rise, but it does also mean that things can get a little bit heated in work.Recent record breaking temperatures (1) sparked what now appe...

Don’t cut corners with health and safety

12 June 2017
When workers on a construction site were told they had to be clean shaven an employer’s policy regarding the appearance of its workers once again made headline news.The beard ban introduced by the ...

Calling Time on Drinking During Working Hours

23 February 2017
Calling time on boozing during working hours is never likely to be a popular move.It never used to be unusual for some employees to enjoy a drink or two at lunchtimes or to strike a deal while enjo...

Dealing with Employees Under the Influence of Drink While on Duty

24 January 2017
When snaps emerged of a sozzled looking Wayne Rooney following an international match it sparked widespread debate about his fitness to lead his country.The England football captain has since been ...
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