Employee Holidays – Questions and Answers

Q: An employee has asked for holiday all next week. Do I have to allow it? A: No. First check the contract you made with your employee. This should specify the notice to be given. If not, the legal default position is two week’s notice for an holiday of one week. In the interests of […]

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Can I have your password? Password policy for employees

Fraud costs the UK economy £193 billion a year and SMEs are just as vulnerable as large enterprises. Security today relies heavily on passwords, but do you have a password policy, are you vulnerable, can you protect yourself from your own employees? Firstly be careful about whom you employ. I must assume you check employees […]

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HR policies waste time

So asserted a Senior Police Officer at a recent event. He might have a point. His argument was that neither managers nor employees read or understand HR policies, and, if it comes to a Tribunal, barristers trip the organisation up by finding points where the managers have “not followed their own procedures”. I’ve heard similar […]

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Why your company culture matters

Strong company cultures lead to substantial increases in profitability. Every day each employee makes hundreds of small decisions such as which piece of work they prioritise, how they phrase an email, or even deal with an angry customer. Unexpected events, to which they need to respond, can arise at any time. Essentially the culture of […]

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Careless words can lead to constructive dismissals

Most employers reading this saga of a disruptive employee would sympathise with the employer. But it is a clear reminder that following procedures is both challenging and necessary. The employee in question was considered by one line manager to “be disruptive and …upset colleagues on occasions” and, by another manager, “a bit aggressive and abrupt”. […]

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Could your self-employed workers claim employment rights?

The impact of the recent Supreme Court decision made against Charlie Mullins and Pimlico Plumbers means many more self-employed workers are likely to claim holiday and sick pay. Does it affect you? If you engage someone on a self-employed basis , provide regular work, expect him or her to discharge that work on a regular […]

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Nobody wins in an Employment Tribunal

At the time of writing Philip Hammond is stressing that his experience of working with Europeans is that collaboration brings better results than confrontation. Boris Johnson seems to favour a “Trump-type” approach. The jury is out as to which will work best in Brexit – but what about in employee relations? As an HR professional, […]

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Better EU negotiations – lessons from Trade Union disputes

Always go into a negotiation knowing your “BATNA” is sound advice from William Ury of Harvard Law School. Your BATNA is your Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement. It applies well to all negotiations including those with Trade Unions. When I was a “rookie” industrial relations officer, industrial strikes were commonplace. Sometimes the best alternative […]

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25th May GDPR deadline looms… Should employers panic?

In theory yes! In practice possibly not. We outline 5 reasons why you might relax. ICO audits At the beginning of May it was far from clear how the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was going to audit the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). We are still not clear but, even so, if the ICO was […]

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