Preparing for bad weather

I once ran a seminar where the last delegate arrived, having braved some of Glasgow’s worst snow, at 11am. At 11:15am we were told that the building was going to be closed because so few had made it to work! A policy is the best way of communicating in a fair and open way how […]

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It’s snow pay for non-attendees

To avoid paying employees you should require employees to make every safe and reasonable attempt to attend work during adverse weather. Also require them to contact you each day and seek to find ways in which they can work. For example perhaps they can work remotely, or answer telephone enquiries remotely. Even if they cannot […]

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Love blossoms at work

On one level romantic liaisons involving employees are no business of an employer but, when they impact on the working relationships then they are. So should employers have a policy and, if not, how do they manage romantic situations? Where one person could be in a vulnerable position because of immaturity, learning disability or care […]

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Charities suffering due to costly employment tribunals

Writing in the Times and quoted on CivilSociety.co.uk (http://bit.ly/ichKQj), the HR Director of the Homeless Charity Broadway says Charities are “groaning under the burden of complying with employment law that encourages employees to misrepresent themselves as victims of bullying and discrimination whenever their poor performance or behaviour is tackled”. My additional view is that the […]

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It’s all about how you describe it.

Although the Agency Workers Regulations have been with us for some months now, I was surprised recently that even some in the recruitment sector were not fully conversant with them. Assignments can exceed 12 weeks but there are certain provisions to be met. There will be cases where it does not make sense to extend […]

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Are we obliged to offer free eye tests and glasses to employees who use computer screens?

This is a question we are asked frequently and the basic answer is yes. Display Screen regulations provide eye test rights to any employee who habitually uses a VDU (including flat screens) as a significant part of their normal work. As a general guide some sources suggest significant means more than an hour a day. […]

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Contacting employees outside working hours – fair practice or intrusion?

Steve Jobs saw his iPhone as setting individuals free from overbearing governments, authoritarian organisations and, presumably, poor employers. But is that really proving to be the case? But now (even for those who are not managers, owners or directors) the line between work and private time is becoming increasingly blurred. iPhones can make an employee […]

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Diamond Jubilee 2012 FAQs

The nation will celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee on 5th June 2012 with an extra Bank Holiday. Furthermore Spring Bank holiday will be on 4th June this year making for a four day weekend – plenty of time to celebrate. But, for employers, inevitably it raises a number of questions. In looking at these questions […]

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Identifying and nailing “stress” is crucial to lowering the risks of being an employer.

Stress can cause a huge variety of physical and mental health problems such as heart disease and medically recognised depression. But it also creates a dysfunctional working environment, poor employee performance and high absence; themselves causes of stress for the employer as well as for employees. The employer is then exposed to a wide range […]

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