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Policy and Procedure

An Employer’s Right to Check Applicant’s Criminal Past Comes into Question.

04 April 2016
Employers have been allowed to do criminal record checks on job applicants but the right to continue doing so is now under question. A High Court judge ruled the criminal records check scheme used ...

How to deal with an employee who has been arrested and charged

07 March 2016
The conviction of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson for child sex offences sparked much debate. Among the issues widely discussed on TV and radio stations was whether or not Sunderland Football Clu...

Monitoring internet and email usage in the workplace

25 January 2016
While the case of a Romanian engineer being fired after his bosses are said to have snooped on his emails made national headlines in the past week, it is worth remembering that this is nothing new....

Establishing the truth in disciplinary matters.

13 January 2016
While instances of using a lie detector to dismiss an employee are extremely rare getting to truth of any disciplinary matter remains a testing issue.At the start of the year a courier firm which s...

It may be Christmas but it is business as usual

17 December 2015
While the thoughts of many employees are now focusing on spending time off work over the festive period…it will be business as usual for many.Different opening hours, varying demands for a service ...

The office Christmas bash and the unwanted hangover

10 December 2015
It’s that time of year again when the office Christmas Party can leave employers with an unwelcome headache.While the festive shenanigans at the work bash can be great fun, any inappropriate behavi...

Fear prevents workers from blowing the whistle to stop wrongdoing in the workplace

16 September 2015
Apprehensive employees would rather turn a blind eye or remain tight-lipped instead of exposing serious wrongdoing in the workplace.The fear of repercussions means workers believe it is better to k...

How an employer can & should deal with bullying in the workplace

26 August 2015
More than a third of workers have suffered bullying in the workplace according to research from a law firm.The reported incidents of intimidation include rudeness, gossip, shouting, finger pointing...

Meeting the dress code and looking the part for the job

03 August 2015
The face of policing is changing and Bobbies on the beat will get a clean-cut look.They may once have been known as the fuzz, but police chiefs in Gloucestershire have proposed new rules which will...

Three little pigs play with fire: The internet is watching; employees and employers take note!

07 July 2015
Footballers misbehaving is nothing new but what the latest case highlights is a growing trend which employers are being forced to deal with.Three players from Premier League side Leicester City who...

E-cigarettes in the workplace, what every employer needs to consider.

02 March 2015
The use of e-cigarettes in the workplace remains a burning issue for employers.The dilemma facing companies is whether to ban the battery-operated cigarette substitute.Due to the cost of a packet o...

Valentine's Day 2015: Love is in the air but that could spell trouble for your business.

09 February 2015
Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching. Although it can spell heartbreak if a relationship between colleagues turns sour.It is not uncommon for romance to blossom between workm...

Taking a common sense approach to weather disruptions.

02 February 2015
With temperatures set to plummet there is every chance some working relationships may turn a bit frosty.Battling the elements just to turn up for work can be an enormous struggle during the winter ...

Workplace mediation: A better solution to resolving disputes?

26 January 2015
The suggestion to talk about it following a bust-up or falling out in the workplace is starting to sound more and more like a good one.The negative impact and ramifications of a dispute can prove d...

ACAS Early Conciliation and what it means to you.

05 January 2015
The breakdown of any relationship can prove to be a bitter and costly affair.When the split is between an employer and aggrieved employee it can be extremely acrimonious.All parties risk being left...

Let's have some boundaries; What employers need to consider when their employees go abroad to visit family

09 December 2014
Work will be out of sight and out of mind for those employees lucky enough to be flying off for an overseas Christmas break.The intention is usually to leave all thoughts of the office behind, alon...

Religion, work and Christmas; what employers need to know.

09 December 2014
For many employers the festive period is business as usual. The super commercialisation of Christmas and dwindling church congregations has seen the real message of the Christian festival fade into...

Can an employer discipline or dismiss an employee for capability reasons, while they are off sick?

15 March 2014
Can an employer discipline or dismiss an employee for capability reasons, while they are off sick?It's a common myth that workers can't be sacked while they are off sick!!Being off sick is no prote...

10 tips for avoiding workplace claims

01 March 2014
Workplace disputes, grievances and disciplinaries can be a costly and time consuming affair for businesses; especially if the issue was escalated to an employment tribunal. Here are our top ten tip...

The perals of stagnant company policies (A parable)

10 November 2012
Start with a cage containing five monkeys.Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the b...
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