Can I ask employees to handle emails out of hours?

The answer, of course, is yes. One can always ask! The bigger question is whether the employee can refuse to handle emails out of hours. Get it wrong and you could face a claim in court, as happened in Ireland. The regulations in the UK are equivalent. The right to refuse: 1. The employment contract […]

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Monitoring employees

From preventing employees working for others in the employer’s time, to checking if someone is having an affair with your partner; employers feel they have legitimate reasons for monitoring employees. But what is it lawful to do? To understand what is lawful we need to look at some details: are there legitimate reasons for the […]

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Are employee handbooks contractual?

This is a crucial question for employers. Failure to get this right can create difficulties for an employer. The short answer is: not necessarily. There are some distinct drawbacks to making Employee Handbooks contractual. In many cases, an employer can choose for themselves. The problem Working life gives rise to a huge variety of situations. […]

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Mental health at work

Mental Health First Aid England states that nearly a fifth of working age adults are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression at any one time. A quarter of us will experience mental ill health at some time in our lives. What does mental health at work mean for employers? The effects Anxious, depressed or stressed employees […]

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Why have an employee handbook

11 reasons and benefits for having an Employee Handbook – hear it straight from the experts.  1. To keep clear of employment tribunals You need to do this because a tribunal claim can seriously damage your health and your business prospects! So make sure you take the simple step of having an employee handbook. That […]

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Are you taking your holiday entitlement?

The TUC report that over 2 million of us take less than the legal minimum holiday entitlement. I suspect that business owners and the self employed are major “offenders”. Does it matter, yes it does, here’s why. The legal position Failure to allow a worker to take holiday, by accident or design, could lead to […]

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The possible consequences if you treat employees unfairly

When employers knowingly treat employees unfairly they are relying on inertia, employees’ fear of consequences and those employees wariness of legislative processes to keep them, the employer, safe. But when flying by the seat of your pants doesn’t work, and the employee or ex-employee fights back then the consequences can be devastating. It is very […]

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Tips for reducing conflict at work

Conflict at work is inevitable. The environment brings together many different attitudes, aspirations and even cultures. We can often conflict with others who see their desire to achieve compromised by our desire to achieve. Our tips for reducing conflict at work may be easier to preach than to practice but by giving attention to them […]

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Rise in the self-employed

Around 15% of the working population is now self-employed based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Against this background the CIPD reports that two-thirds of employers are reporting that their vacancies are proving hard to fill and the average number of applicants per vacancy has dropped across all skill levels What might […]

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