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Coronavirus: Your Employment-related Questions Answered

What are our obligations from a health and safety perspective in relation to our staff? Employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees and non-employees (contractors, members of the public, etc.) so far as is reasonably practicable. This would include taking reasonable steps to control the spread of the coronavirus at sites under the control of the employer. Employers should carry out a risk…

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Reduce stress at work and prevent burnout – a psychologist explains how

How did those new year’s resolutions work out for you? Old habits will have already returned for many – you’re not alone if you’ve already stopped using that new gym membership. Similarly, you’re in good company if 2020 is already stressing you out. Stress, and more chronic exhaustion such as burnout, is commonplace within the modern workplace. People are sinking under the pressure of an attendance culture that glorifies being present at…

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Changes to UK employment law 2020

What are the changes for UK employment law in 2020? In this article, Sean Dempsey and Richard Lister of UK law firm, Lewis Silkin, take a look at what’s coming up in UK employment law in 2020 Lewis Silkin is the UK member firm of Ius Laboris, an HR and employment law firm alliance. Looking ahead to 2020, various Good Work Plan reforms are coming into effect in April and the…

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Employment Law Changes 2020

The Government intends to introduce a new Employment Bill which will include some changes already anticipated by the Good Work Plan. The Employment Bill will provide for: The right to request a more stable and predictable contract after 26 weeks’ service; The right to neonatal leave and pay for parents of premature or sick babies; A single market enforcement agency to better ensure that vulnerable workers are aware of…

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Emails Outside Work..are they illegal?

It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? The short answer is that ‘it depends’ and we need some test cases to clarify the situation, not least in…

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Job Market December 2019..  KEY FINDINGS

Permanent placements continue to fall   Permanent vacancy growth stuck at decade-low   Softer increases in starting pay   Permanent placements decline at quickest rate since June The seasonally adjusted Permanent Placements Index signalled a ninth successive monthly drop in permanent staff appointments across the South of England in November. There were numerous reports that employers were holding off or cancelling hiring plans due to political and economic uncertainty….

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UK employment rights in a no-deal Brexit

Introduction What might a no-deal Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario? Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clear that he would be prepared to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary and the current legislation commits the United Kingdom to leaving the European Union at 11:00pm on 31 October 2019. Thus,…

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Employment Law the facts…

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and their employees. It covers every aspect of employment from the hiring process through to the exit process, ensuring every individual is treated fairly. Employment law is potentially full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping up with developments and really thinking about your policies before carefully implementing them. Getting it wrong can be extremely expensive. There are seven areas of employment…

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The exemption from disclosure for confidential employment references….

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), which implemented many of its provisions, are now over a year old.  The aim of the GDPR was to increase the protection of individuals’ personal data.  Employees are better informed than ever of their data protection rights, with employers receiving an increased number of subject access requests from their employees. Interesting, however, under the DPA, individuals…

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Recruitment Still Strong despite Brexit…

Despite the uncertainty around Brexit, companies are still recruiting. It’s very much a candidates market at the moment and demand for workers is driving a sharp increase in starting salaries. It’s been getting harder and harder for firms to find good staff and with UK immigration policy likely to tighten, this trend isn’t going to get any easier. Concerns about a no deal Brexit are putting a handbrake on…

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